The Sun’s magnetic funk continues

I’ve looked at the Ap Index on a regular basis, as it is an indicator of how active the solar dynamo is. When we had sunspot 1029 recently, the largest in months, it gave hope to many that Solar cycle 24 had finally started to ramp up. From the data provided by NOAA’s Space Weather…

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Arctic warming goes with the floe

Past Arctic Warming Also Created by Currents Guest posted by Jeff Id of The Air Vent I’ve stated here on several occasions that the ‘Recent’ Arctic ice thinning is more likely a current change issue rather than a temperature issue.  Differences in flow change the transfer of vastly more energy than a couple of degrees of…

US Chamber of Commerce reverses stance

PRESS RELEASE Contact: Christine Hall, 202.331.2258 U. S. Chamber Caves to Special Interests on Energy-Rationing Legislation CEI Invites Small Businesses to Join With CEI to Fight Kerry-Graham   Washington, D.C., November 4, 2009 – The Competitive Enterprise Institute responded today to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s announcement that it will now support energy-rationing legislation by…

Study – Solar winds magnetically driven

From a University College, London Press Release – Solar winds triggered by magnetic fields Solar wind generated by the sun is probably driven by a process involving powerful magnetic fields, according to a new study led by UCL researchers based on the latest observations from the Hinode satellite.   Scientists have long speculated on the…

NASA grant to create Mars weather forecasts

From a Texas A&M Press Release Is there such a thing as “weather” on Mars? There are some doubts, considering the planet’s atmosphere is only 1 percent as dense as that of the Earth. Mars, however, definitely has clouds, drastically low temperatures and out-of-this-world dust storms, and Istvan Szunyogh, a Texas A&M professor of atmospheric…