Like the Maunder Minimum and Spörer Minimum, the Dalton Minimum coincided with a period of lower-than-average global temperatures. The Oberlach Station in Germany, for example, experienced a 2.0°C decline over 20 years. The Year Without a Summer, in 1816, also occurred during the Dalton Minimum.Here are some graphs from the Watts Up With That? blog:
From the Marshall Space Flight Center, Dr. Hathaway’s page:There is more including links to other material. Go read the original post.
Current prediction for the next sunspot cycle maximum gives a smoothed sunspot number maximum of about 58 in July of 2013. We are currently two years into Cycle 24 and the predicted size continues to fall.
Additionally, the monthly data plots are out, and there’s been little change from last month in the three major solar indexes plotted by the Space Weather Prediction Center:
A lot of resources have been diverted to fight "global warming" and far, far more are on track to be thrown away. Worse, efforts to stop economic development with dire consequences for the world's poor are a result of the cries of fanatics about "global warming". But the reality is that we are about to slip into a couple of decades of significantly colder temperatures. But the fanatics refuse to see this because they have a very simple model of how climate works: more CO2, more global warming. But the world isn't that simple. They have completely ignored the role of the sun in the climate. They have hijacked the science and as a consequence they have hijacked the politics. Rational debate was thrown out the window. Policies have been set in place that are wasting hundreds of billions of dollars:
- ethanol subsidies which divert food crops during a time of crop failures and rising hunger
- carbon taxes that divert resources from the choices of individuals to the choices of a bureaucracy driven by fanatics
- solar and wind subsidies that distort business decisions by the lure of "free money" based on policies put in place by activist politics driven by the hysteria over "global warming"
- calls to prohibit economic growth to limit CO2 emissions