No Sunspots for More than a Month!

Daily Tech reports that it’s now been more than a month since a sunspot was sited. This is the first time that this has happened in more than 100 years. The article notes:

In the past 1000 years, three previous such events — the Dalton, Maunder, and Spörer Minimums, have all led to rapid cooling. One was large enough to be called a “mini ice age”. For a society dependent on agriculture, cold is more damaging than heat. The growing season shortens, yields drop, and the occurrence of crop-destroying frosts increases.

No mention was made of poor band conditions on 20m <grin>

Comments

  1. Dan,

    As I sit here and reply to your story it is September 2 and 90 deg f. I’d sure like some cooling to take place soon, real soon.

    73!

    Jim K8ELR

  2. Sorry but I have to correct that article, just because a spot didn’t receive a number does not mean there were no spots…Most people, including scientists, obviously, don’t know on the 21st a short lived but well defined active regions spawned 2 clear sunspots which can be seen in this picture from my website:
    http://www.seemysunspot.com/solar_pics2/0821_rapavy1.jpg

    To see more of the most comprehensive collection of daily solar observations go to: http://www.seemysunspot.com/

    Stephen “Darkstar” Ames
    Solar Observer/Archivist

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