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Earth’s Atmosphere to Cool and Contract: NASA June 4, 2009

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Earth’s Atmosphere to Cool and Contract: NASA

Jennifer Marohasy, May 31, 2009

THERE is a new forecast from a panel of international scientists who study the sun.  In a media release from Science@NASA, Tony Phillips explains they predict that the sun will remain generally calm for at least another year and this means low solar activity which can have “a profound effect on Earth’s atmosphere, allowing it to cool and contract”.

Summarizing comment from the expert panel, Dr Phillips explains that “cosmic rays that are normally pushed back by solar wind instead intrude on the near-Earth environment.

The graph shows yearly-averaged sunspot numbers from 1610 to 2008. Researchers believe upcoming Solar Cycle 24 will be similar to the cycle that peaked in 1928, marked by a red arrow.




1. lara - June 4, 2009

I am not a climate scientist but I am fairly well educated in the sciences and the scientific method. On an anecdotal level , I live at lt 32.5 lat and 79.5 long. I have seen it snow in this area five times in the last forty years. Three of those small snow storms were in the last
year. As a rule of thumb I usually see frozen water on the ground maybe once a year. This year I saw frozen water on the ground at least ten times from late December through early March. It is truly and odd thing to see it snow on an island that sits at 32 degrees lat. Palm trees look rather odd covered with a dusting of snow.

2. Donald - June 4, 2009

Do I detect a distinct hockey stick shape?

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