Cycles Without The Mania

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach

Are there cycles in the sun and its associated electromagnetic phenomena? Assuredly. What are the lengths of the cycles? Well, there’s the question. In the process of writing my recent post about cyclomania, I came across a very interesting paper entitled Correlation Between the Sunspot Number, the Total Solar Irradiance, and the Terrestrial Insolation by Hempelmann and Weber, hereinafter H&W2011. It struck me as a reasonable look at cycles without the mania, so I thought I’d discuss it here.

The authors have used Fourier analysis to determine the cycle lengths of several related datasets. The datasets used were the sunspot count, the total solar irradiance (TSI), the Kiel neutron count (cosmic rays), the Geomagnetic aa index, and the Mauna Loa insolation. One of their interesting results is the relationship between the sunspot number, and the total solar irradiation (TSI). I always thought that the TSI rose and fell with the number of sunspots, but as usual, nature is not that simple. Here is their Figure 1:

acrim tsi vs sunspot numberThey speculate that at small sunspot numbers, the TSI increases. However, when the number of sunspots gets very large, the size of the black spots on the surface of the sun rises faster than the radiance, so the net radiance drops. Always more to learn … I’ve replicated their results, and determined that the curve they show is quite close to the Gaussian average of the data.

Next, they give the Fourier spectra for a variety of datasets. I find that for many purposes, there is a better alternative than Fourier analysis for understanding the makeup of a complex waveform or a time-series of natural observations. Let me explain the advantages of an alternative to the Fourier Transform, which is called the Periodicity Transform, developed by Sethares and Staley.

I realized in the writing of this post that in climate science we have a very common example of a periodicity transform (PT). This is the analysis of temperature data to give us the “climatology”, which is the monthly average temperature curve. What we are doing is projecting a long string of monthly data onto a periodic space, which repeats with a cycle length of 12. Then we take the average of each of those twelve columns of monthly data, and that’s the annual cycle. That’s a periodicity analysis, with a cycle length of 12.

By extension, we can do the same thing for a cycle length of 13 months, or 160 months. In each case, we will get the actual cycle in the data with that particular cycle length.

So given a dataset, we can look at cycles of any length in the data. The larger the swing of the cycle, of course, the more of the variation in the original data that particular cycle explains. For example, the 12-month cycle in a temperature time series explains most of the total variation in the temperature. The 13-month cycle, on the other hand, is basically nonexistent in a monthly temperature time-series.

The same is true about hourly data. We can use a periodicity transform (PT) to look at a 24-hour cycle. Here’s the 24-hour cycle for where I live:

santa rosa diurnal temperature

Figure 2. Average hourly temperatures, Santa Rosa, California. This is a periodicity transform of the original hourly time series, with a period of 24.

Now, we can do a “goodness-of-fit” analysis of any given cycle against the original observational time series. There are several ways to measure that. If we’re only interested in a relative index of the fit of cycles of various lengths, we can use the root-mean-square power in the signals. Another would be to calculate the R^2 of the cycle and the original signal. The choice is not critical, because we’re looking for the strongest signal regardless of how it’s measured. I use a “Power Index” which is the RMS power in the signal, divided by the square root of the length of the signal. In the original Sethares and Staley paper, this is called a “gamma correction”. It is a relative measurement, valid only to compare the cycles within a given dataset.

So … what are the advantages and disadvantages of periodicity analysis (Figure 2) over Fourier analysis? Advantages first, neither list is exhaustive …

Advantage: Improved resolution at all temporal scales. Fourier analysis only gives the cycle strength at specific intervals. And these intervals are different across the scale. For example, I have 3,174 months of sunspot data. A Fourier analysis of that data gives sine waves with periods of 9.1, 9.4, 9.8, 10.2, 10.6, 11.0, 11.5, and 12.0 years.

Periodicity analysis, on the other hand, has the same resolution at all time scales. For example, in Figure 2, the resolution is hourly. We can investigate a 25-hour cycle as easily and as accurately as the 24-hour cycle shown. (Of course, the 25-hour cycle is basically a straight line …)

Advantage: A more fine-grained dataset gives better resolution. The resolution of the Fourier Transform is a function of the length of the underlying dataset. The resolution of the PT, on the other hand, is given by the resolution of the data, not the length of the dataset.

Advantage: Shows actual cycle shapes, rather than sine waves. In Figure 2, you can see that the cycle with a periodicity of 24 is not a sine wave in any sense. Instead, it is a complex repeating waveform. And often, the shape of the wave-form resulting from the periodicity transform contains much valuable information. For example, in Figure 2, from 6AM until noon, we can see how the increasing solar radiation results in a surprisingly linear increase of temperature with time. Once that peaks, the temperature drops rapidly until 11 PM. Then the cooling slows, and continues (again surprisingly linearly) from 11PM until sunrise.

As another example, suppose that we have a triangle wave with a period of 19 and a sine wave with a period of 17. We add them together, and we get a complex wave form. Using Fourier analysis we can get the underlying sine waves making up the complex wave form … but Fourier won’t give us the triangle wave and the sine wave. Periodicity analysis does that, showing the actual shapes of the waves just as in Figure 2.

Advantage: Can sometimes find cycles Fourier can’t find. See the example here, and the discussion in Sethares and Staley.

Advantage: No “ringing” or aliasing from end effects. Fourier analysis suffers from the problem that the dataset is of finite length. This can cause “ringing” or aliasing when you go from the time domain to the frequency domain. Periodicity analysis doesn’t have these issues

Advantage: Relatively resistant to missing data. As the H&W2011 states, they’ve had to use a variant of the Fourier transform to analyze the data because of missing values. The PT doesn’t care about missing data, it just affects the error bars.

Advantage: Cycle strengths are actually measured. If the periodicity analysis say that there’s no strength in a certain cycle length, that’s not a theoretical statement. It’s a measurement of the strength of that actual cycle compared to the other cycles in the data.

Advantage: Computationally reasonably fast. The periodicity function I post below written in the computer language “R”, running  on my machine (MacBook Pro) does a full periodicity transform (all cycles up to 1/3 the dataset length) on a dataset of 70,000 data points in about forty seconds. Probably could be sped up, all suggestions accepted, my programming skills in R are … well, not impressive.

Disadvantage: Periodicity cycles are neither orthogonal nor unique. There’s only one big disadvantage, which applies to the decomposition of the signal into its cyclical components. With the Fourier Transform, the sine waves that it finds are independent of each other. When you decompose the original signal into sine waves, the order in which you remove them makes no difference. With the Periodicity Transform, on the other hand, the signals are not independent. A signal with a period of ten years, for example, will also appear at twenty and thirty years and so on. As a result, the order in which you decompose the signal becomes important. See Sethares and Staley for a full discussion of decomposition methods.

A full periodicity analysis looks at the strength of the signal at all possible frequencies up to the longest practical length, which for me is a third of the length of the dataset. That gives three full cycles for the longest period. However, I don’t trust the frequencies at the longest end of the scale as much as those at the shorter end. The margin of error in a periodicity analysis is less for the shorter cycles, because it is averaging over more cycles.

So to begin the discussion, let me look at the Fourier Transform and the Periodicity Transform of the SIDC sunspot data. In the H&W2011 paper they show the following figure for the Fourier results:

fourier analysis sunspot numberFigure 3. Fourier spectrum of SIDC daily sunspot numbers.

In this, we’re seeing the problem of the lack of resolution in the Fourier Transform. The dataset is 50 years in length. So the only frequencies used by the Fourier analysis are 50/2 years, 50/3 years, 50/4 years, and so on. This only gives values at cycle lengths of around 12.5, 10, and 8.3 years. As a result, it’s missing what’s actually happening. The Fourier analysis doesn’t catch the fine detail revealed by the Periodicity analysis.

Figure 4 shows the full periodicity transform of the monthly SIDC sunspot data, showing the power contained in each cycle length from 3 to 88 years (a third of the dataset length).

periodicity monthly sunspot 3 to 88Figure 4. Periodicity transform of monthly SIDC sunspot numbers. The “Power Index” is the RMS power in the cycle divided by the square root of the cycle length. Vertical dotted lines show the eleven-year cycles, vertical solid lines show the ten-year cycles.

This graph is a typical periodicity transform of a dataset containing clear cycles. The length of the cycles is shown on the bottom axis, and the strength of the cycle is shown on the vertical axis.

Now as you might expect in a sunspot analysis, the strongest underlying signal is an eleven year cycle. The second strongest signal is ten years. As mentioned above, these same cycles reappear at 20 and 22 years, 30 and 33 years, and so on. However, it is clear that the main periodicity in the sunspot record is in the cluster of frequencies right around the 11 year mark. Figure 5 shows a closeup of the cycle lengths from nine to thirteen years.:

periodicity analysis monthly sunspot countFigure 5. Closeup of Figure 4, showing the strength of the cycles with lengths from 9 years to 13 years.

Note that in place of the single peak at around 11 years shown in the Fourier analysis, the periodicity analysis shows three clear peaks at 10 years, 11 years, and 11 years 10 months. Also, you can see the huge advantage in accuracy of the periodicity analysis over the Fourier analysis. It samples the actual cycles at a resolution of one month.

Now, before anyone points out that 11 years 10 months is the orbital period of Jupiter, yes, it is. But then ten years, and eleven years, the other two peaks, are not the orbital period of anything I know of … so that may or may not be a coincidence. In any case, it doesn’t matter whether the 11 years 10 months is Jupiter or not, any more than it matters if 10 years is the orbital period of something else. Those are just the frequencies involved to the nearest month. We’ll see below why Jupiter may not be so important.

Next, we can take another look at the sunspot data, but this time using daily sunspot data. Here are the cycles from nine to thirteen years in that dataset.

periodicity analysis daily sunspot countFigure 6. As in figure 5, except using daily data.

In this analysis, we see peaks at 10.1, 10.8, and 11.9 years. This analysis of daily data is much the same as the previous analysis of monthly data shown in Figure 5, albeit with greater resolution. So this should settle the size of the sunspot cycles and enshrine Jupiter in the pantheon, right?

Well … no. We’ve had the good news, here’s the bad news. The problem is that like all natural cycles, the strength of these cycles waxes and wanes over time. We can see this by looking at the periodicity transform of the first and second halves of the data individually. Figure 7 shows the periodicity analysis of the daily data seen in Figure 6, plus the identical analysis done on each half of the data individually:

periodicity analysis daily sunspot plus halvesFigure 7. The blue line shows the strengths of the cycles found using the entire sunspot dataset as shown in Figure 6. The other two lines are the cycles found by analyzing half of the dataset at a time.

As you can see, the strengths of the cycles of various lengths in each half of the dataset are quite dissimilar. The half-data cycles each show a single peak, not several. In one half of the data this is at 10.4 years, and in the other, 11.2 years. The same situation holds for the monthly sunspot half-datasets (not shown). The lengths of the strongest cycles in the two halves vary greatly.

Not only that, but in neither half is there any sign of the signal at 11 years 10 months, the purported signal of Jupiter.

As a result, all we can do is look at the cycles and marvel at the complexity of the sun. We can’t use the cycles of one half to predict the other half, it’s the eternal curse of those who wish to make cycle-based models of the future. Cycles appear and disappear, what seems to point to Jupiter changes and points to Saturn or to nothing at all … and meanwhile, if the fixed Fourier cycle lengths are say 8.0, 10.6, and 12.8 years or something like that, there would be little distinction between any of those situations.

However, I was unable to replicate all of their results regarding the total solar irradiance. I suspect that this is the result of the inherent inaccuracy of the Fourier method. The text of H&W2011 says:

4.1. The ACRIM TSI Time Series

Our analysis of the ACRIM TSI time series only yields the solar activity cycle (Schwabe cycle, Figure 6). The cycle length is 10.6 years. The cycle length of the corresponding time series of the sunspot number is also 10.6 years. The close agreement of both periods is obvious.

I suggest that the agreement at 10.6 years is an artifact of the limited resolution of the two Fourier analyses. The daily ACRIM dataset is a bit over 30 years, and the daily sunspot dataset that he used is 50 years of data. The Fourier frequencies for fifty years are 50/2=25, 50/3=16.7, 50/4=12.5, 50/5=10, and 50/6=8.3 year cycles. For a thirty-two year dataset, the frequencies are 32/2=16, 32/3=10.6, and 32/4=8 years. So finding a cycle of length around 10 in both datasets is not surprising.

In any case, I don’t find anything like the 10.6 year cycle they report. I find the following:

periodicity daily tsi 9 to 13Figure 8. Periodicity analysis of the ACRIM composite daily total solar irradiance data.

Note how much less defined the TSI data is. This is a result of the large variation in TSI during the period of maximum solar activity. Figure 9 shows this variation in the underlying data for the TSI:

acrim composite daily TSIFigure 9. ACRIM composite TSI data used in the analysis.

When the sun is at its calmest, there is little variation in the signal. This is shown in the dark blue areas in between the peaks. But when activity increases, the output begins to fluctuate wildly. This, plus the short length of the cycle, turns the signal into mush and results in the loss of everything but the underlying ~ 11 year cycle.

Finally, let’s look at the terrestrial temperature datasets to see if there is any trace of the sunspot cycle in the global temperature record. The longest general temperature dataset that we have is the BEST land temperature dataset. Here’s the BEST periodicity analysis:

periodicity analysis BEST temperatureFigure 10. Full-length periodicity analysis of the BEST land temperature data.

There is a suggestion of a cycle around 26 years, with an echo at 52 years … but nothing around 10-11 years, the solar cycle. Moving on, here’s the HadCRUT3 temperature data:

periodicity analysis HadCRUT3 temperatureFigure 11. Full-length periodicity analysis of the HadCRUT3 temperature record.

Curiously, the HadCRUT3 record doesn’t show the 26- and 52-year cycle shown by the BEST data, while it does show a number of variations not shown in the BEST data. My suspicion is that this is a result of the “scalpel” method used to assemble the BEST dataset, which cuts the records at discontinuities rather than trying to “adjust” them.

Of course, life wouldn’t be complete without the satellite records. Here are the periodicity analyses of the satellite records:

periodicity analysis RSS temperatureFigure 12. Periodicity analysis, RSS satellite temperature record, lower troposphere.

With only a bit more than thirty years of data, we can’t determine any cycles over about ten years. The RSS data server is down, so it’s not the most recent data.

periodicity analysis msu uah temperatureFigure 11. Periodicity analysis, UAH satellite temperature record, lower troposphere.

As one might hope, both satellite records are quite similar. Curiously, they both show a strong cycle with a period of 3 years 8 months (along with the expected echoes at twice and three times that length, about 7 years 4 months and 11 years respectively). I have no explanation for that cycle. It may represent some unremoved cyclicity in the satellite data.

SUMMARY:

To recap the bidding:

• I’ve used the Periodicity Transform to look at the sunspot record, both daily and monthly. In both cases we find the same cycles, at ~ 10 years, ~ 11 years, and ~ 11 years 10 months. Unfortunately when the data is split in half, those cycles disappear and other cycles appear in their stead. Nature wins again.

• I’ve looked at the TSI record, which contains only a single broad peak from about 10.75 to 11.75 years.

• The TSI has a non-linear relationship to the sunspots, increasing at small sunspot numbers and decreasing a high numbers. However, the total effect (averaged 24/7 over the globe) is on the order of a quarter of a watt per square metre …

• I’ve looked at the surface temperature records (BEST and HadCRUT3, which show no peaks at around 10-11 years, and thus contain no sign of Jovian (or jovial) influence. Nor do they show any sign of solar (sunspot or TSI) related influence, for that matter.

• The satellite temperatures tell the same story. Although the data is too short to be definitive, there appears to be no sign of any major peaks in the 10-11 year range.

Anyhow, that’s my look at cycles. Why isn’t this cyclomania? For several reasons:

First, because I’m not claiming that you can model the temperature by using the cycles. That way lies madness. If you don’t think so, calculate the cycles from the first half of your data, and see if you can predict the second half. Instead of attempting to predict the future, I’m looking at the cycles to try to understand the data.

Second, I’m not blindly ascribing the cycles to some labored astronomical relationship. Given the number of lunar and planetary celestial periods, synoptic periods, and the periods of precessions, nutations, perigees, and individual and combined tidal cycles, any length of cycle can be explained.

Third, I’m using the same analysis method to look at the  temperature data that I’m using on the solar phenomena (TSI, sunspots), and I’m not finding corresponding cycles. Sorry, but they are just not there. Here’s a final example. The most sensitive, responsive, and accurate global temperature observations we have are the satellite temperatures of the lower troposphere. We’ve had them for three full solar cycles at this point. So if the sunspots (or anything associated with them, TSI or cosmic rays) has a significant effect on global temperatures, we would see it in the satellite temperatures. Here’s that record:

scatterplot uah ltt vs sunspotsFigure 12. A graph showing the effect of the sunspots on the lower tropospheric temperatures. There is a slight decrease in lower tropospheric temperature with increasing sunspots, but it is far from statistically significance.

The vagaries of the sun, whatever else they might be doing, and whatever they might be related to, do not seem to affect the global surface temperature or the global lower atmospheric temperature in any meaningful way.

Anyhow, that’s my wander through the heavenly cycles, and their lack of effect on the terrestrial cycles. My compliments to Hempelmann and Weber, their descriptions and their datasets were enough to replicate almost all of their results.

w.

DATA:

SIDC Sunspot Data here

ACRIM TSI Data, overview here, data here

Kiel Neutron Count Monthly here, link in H&W document is broken

BEST data here

Sethares paper on periodicity analysis of music is here.

Finally, I was unable to reproduce the H&W2011 results regarding MLO transmissivity. They have access to a daily dataset which is not on the web. I used the monthly MLO dataset, available here, and had no joy finding their claimed relationship with sunspots. Too bad, it’s one of the more interesting parts of the H&W2011 paper.

CODE: here’s the R function that does the heavy lifting. It’s called “periodicity” and it can be called with just the name of the dataset that you want to analyze, e.g. “periodicity(mydata)”. It has an option to produce a graph of the results. Everything after a “#” in a line is a comment. If you are running MatLab (I’m not), Sethares has provided programs and examples here. Enjoy.

# The periodicity function returns the power index showing the relative strength
# of the cycles of various lengths. The input variables are:
#   tdata: the data to be analyzed
#   runstart, runend: the interval to be analyzed. By default from a cycle length of 2 to the dataset length / 3
#   doplot: a boolean to indicate whether a plot should be drawn.
#   gridlines: interval between vertical gridlines, plot only
#   timeint: intervals per year (e.g. monthly data = 12) for plot only
#   maintitle: title for the plat

periodicity=function(tdata,runstart=2,runend=NA,doplot=FALSE,
                  gridlines=10,timeint=12,
                  maintitle="Periodicity Analysis"){

  testdata=as.vector(tdata) # insure data is a vector
  datalen=length(testdata) # get data length
  if (is.na(runend)) { # if largest cycle is not specified
    maxdata=floor(datalen/3) # set it to the data length over three
  } else { # otherwise
    maxdata=runend # set it to user's value
  }
  answerline=matrix(NA,nrow=maxdata,ncol=1) # make empty matrix for answers

  for (i in runstart:maxdata) { # for each cycle
    newdata=c(testdata,rep(NA,(ceiling(length(testdata)/i)*i-length(testdata)))) # pad with NA's
    cyclemeans=colMeans(matrix(newdata,ncol=i,byrow=TRUE),na.rm=TRUE) # make matrix, take column means
    answerline[i]=sd(cyclemeans,na.rm=TRUE)/sqrt(length(cyclemeans)) # calculate and store power index
  }
  if (doplot){ # if a plot is called for
    par(mgp=c(2,1,0)) # set locations of labels
    timeline=c(1:(length(answerline))/timeint) #calculate times in years
    plot(answerline~timeline,type="o",cex=.5,xlim=c(0,maxdata/timeint),
         xlab="Cycle Length (years)",ylab="Power Index") # draw plot
    title(main=maintitle) # add title
    abline(v=seq(0,100,gridlines),col="gray") # add gridlines
  }
  answerline # return periodicity data
}
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434 Responses to Cycles Without The Mania

  1. They speculate that at small sunspot numbers, the TSI increases. However, when the number of sunspots gets very large, the size of the black spots on the surface of the sun rises faster than the radiance, so the net radiance drops.
    Sunspots ['black spots'] always decrease TSI. And big spots especially. The increase in TSI with the sunspot number is due to another effect: the presence of ‘faculae’ [magnetic debris (or sometimes precursors to spots) surrounding the spots]. More spots, especially the smaller decaying ones or the just born ones, mean more faculae. The effect of bright faculae on TSI is about twice that of the dark spots, so the faculae win and we end up with the well-known solar cycle variation of TSI.

    The three peaks you see in the sunspot spectrum is a natural effect of a long-term [100yr] modulation of the sunspots. If the series is short the 100yr ‘cycle’ won’t show up as you noticed.

  2. Willis Eschenbach says:

    Leif, I’m glad you’re the first to comment, your input is always interesting. You say:

    The three peaks you see in the sunspot spectrum is a natural effect of a long-term [100yr] modulation of the sunspots. If the series is short the 100yr ‘cycle’ won’t show up as you noticed.

    The sunspot data that I have is about 250 years in length. Let me extend the length of the analysis to 120 years. Unfortunately that just gives us two and a half cycles of data at 100 years, but needs must when the devil drives. If the effect is strong, it should show up …

    OK, here’s the results … I’m not finding any hundred-year cycle in the sunspot data.

    What are you basing the claim of the 100 year cycle on? I’m not seeing it in the data.

    w.

  3. vukcevic says:

    I shall read this one with great interest, lot to get through, from casual look I can see it will be well worth while.

  4. Hoser says:

    W,
    Don’t assume a Fourier series necessarily indicates discrete underlying cycles, or that a Fourier series can’t find cycles with non- N/t periodicity, N being the total number of input data. An FT gives the spectrum of sines where the sum weighted sum and phases fit the data. Sines are not even required in a Fourier transform. Sines happen to be one any number of complete sets that can fit any well behaved curve. You may choose to filter spectrum and retransform to remove noise. Look into what you can do with a compose in a Fourier series. That trick has quite a bit of power to work magic. You definitely will have fun with it. It is one of the secrets behind Photoshop.

  5. Willis Eschenbach says:
    July 29, 2013 at 1:12 pm
    What are you basing the claim of the 100 year cycle on? I’m not seeing it in the data
    It is visible to the naked eye: http://sidc.be/sunspot-index-graphics/wolfaml.php
    or even an FFT-analysis http://www.leif.org/research/FFT-Power-Spectrum-SSN-1700-2008.png
    The many curves result from calculating the spectrum for 1700-2008, then 1701-2008, 1702-2008, etc to show the effect of choosing a different interval [that was an issue when I computed the spectrum - have forgotten why]. You can see the ~100-yr peak and its harmonics at 100/2, 100/3, etc.

  6. fhhaynie says:

    I’ve been using a combination technique to fit data to known periods (daily, annual). Do a mulitple linear regression on a Fouier type harmonic series. The independent factors are cos(x), sin(x), cos(2x), sin(2x), cos(3x), sin(3x)…… where x = 2*PI*cycle length. The resulting coefficients give you the shape of the cycles and you can get an estimate of error for each harmonic. I find most curves fit well with three or less harmonics. Try it out on CO2 data.

  7. Jonathan Abbott says:

    Fascinating reading. It’s almost as if you just decided to look at the data as analytically as you could, and then tried to derive conclusions based solely upon the data instead of reinforcing your previously held beliefs. You’ve even incautiously suggested that you don’t know the full picture. I’m sorry, but this marks you out as a rank amateur in the rarefied field of climate science.

    [I don't really have to put /sarc, do I?]

  8. Greg Goodman says:

    Very interesting article Willis. Wish I had more time tonight to go into this. But a few comments:

    Someone called Bart did a very interesting frequency analysis on SSN that comes up with several of the the same periods you found, and not to be impolite in any way, he does seem a lot more experienced than you with fourrier type techniques.

    http://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2011/07/31/bart-modeling-the-historical-sunspot-record-from-planetary-periods/

    Also you can try chirp transform instead of simple fourrier, this gets around the clunky quantisation of frequencies. You need to be careful of trends when doing this sort of thing and use a windowing function on the data before the F.T.

    Your quick look around at various datasets is interesting. I did a much more detailed look at just SST, basin by basin:
    http://climategrog.wordpress.com/2013/03/01/61/

    One interesting thing to come out of this was that HadSST seems to mess up a prominent 9y cycle that is present in the original ICOADS data in nearly all basins and convertis to circa 7.5 years :(

    Since this frequency also was recently reported by Judith Curry and BEST team from the land record I think this is a problem with Hadley processing.

  9. Greg Goodman says:

    PS. you’ll also note 3.7 is quite strong in a lot of the regions in SST. It is not a satellite defect.

  10. Greg Goodman says:

    3.8 years in trade wind data is probably the same thing:
    http://climategrog.wordpress.com/?attachment_id=283

    Also note SSN periods are clearly visible.

  11. Matthew R Marler says:

    Thank you for the Sethares and Staley paper. I hope the approach becomes more widely known. I am sending copies to some friends who study biological rhythms. We have mostly gotten away from FFTs for reasons like those you cite.

    This looks like a good application of the technique. The results are intriguing and I am sure that they will stimulate thought.

    I am glad that you demonstrated the absence of stationarity. The non-stationarity of the climate system is one of the problems that makes it hard to analyze.

  12. Greg Goodman says:

    Figure 1 is interesting, I’ve not seen this done before. One feature I note is the vertical bands that seem to be spaced by about 15 years. Maybe this indicates that duration of each phase across the solar surface that Lief has refered to as the “real” length of the solar cycle ( as opposed to the repetition frequency of circa 11 years).

    I’ll have a longer look at this tomorrow.

  13. Greg Goodman says:

    Matthew R Marler says: I am glad that you demonstrated the absence of stationarity. The non-stationarity of the climate system is one of the problems that makes it hard to analyze.

    Working with rate of change is usually sufficient for most datasets. Thoughtful use of windowing functions is another common technique.

  14. Willis Eschenbach says:

    Leif Svalgaard says:
    July 29, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Willis Eschenbach says:
    July 29, 2013 at 1:12 pm
    What are you basing the claim of the 100 year cycle on? I’m not seeing it in the data
    It is visible to the naked eye: http://sidc.be/sunspot-index-graphics/wolfaml.php
    or even an FFT-analysis http://www.leif.org/research/FFT-Power-Spectrum-SSN-1700-2008.png
    The many curves result from calculating the spectrum for 1700-2008, then 1701-2008, 1702-2008, etc to show the effect of choosing a different interval [that was an issue when I computed the spectrum - have forgotten why]. You can see the ~100-yr peak and its harmonics at 100/2, 100/3, etc.

    Thanks, Leif. The FFT analysis is very interesting. Is there any chance you could send me a link to the data, so that I could do a more complete periodicity analysis?

    In any case, your FFT link is excellent because it reveals a limitation of the Fourier analysis.

    You’ve used 308 years of data from 1700-2008. This means that the only cycles that the Fourier analysis will reveal are 308/2 = 154 years, 308/3 = 103 years, 308/4 = 77 years, and so on. These individual points are clearly visible in the Fourier analysis.

    As a result, you won’t find any evidence of say a 125-year cycle in the Fourier decomposition of a 308-year signal, even though such a cycle may certainly exist in the data.

    This is one of the advantages of the periodicity analyses. It does not decompose the cycle into a series of theoretical sine waves at specified frequencies. Instead, it reveals the actual cycles at all the individual frequencies (periods).

    As I said, your comments on this stuff are always welcome.

    w.

  15. Lance Wallace says:

    Leif Svalgaard says:
    July 29, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    ‘You can see the ~100-yr peak and its harmonics at 100/2, 100/3, etc.”

    From your FFT spectrum, there is indeed a peak near 100 years and 50 years, but a strong “anti-peak” at 33 and nothing much at all at 25 years.

  16. This should discomfort the ‘it’s the sun, stupid’ crowd.

  17. John Trigge (in Oz) says:

    Could the lack of correlation between sunspot numbers and temperatures be due to attempting to match (possibly accurate) sunspot numbers to highly adjusted, homogenised, UHI’d, in-filled, smoothed and distorted temperature ‘data’?

  18. Greg Goodman says:

    While we’re about it I suppose I should throw in Arctic sea ice:
    http://climategrog.wordpress.com/?attachment_id=118

    Strong 11.8 and its harmonic at 5.54 years.

  19. Willis Eschenbach says:

    Hoser says:
    July 29, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    W,
    Don’t assume a Fourier series necessarily indicates discrete underlying cycles, or that a Fourier series can’t find cycles with non- N/t periodicity, N being the total number of input data. An FT gives the spectrum of sines where the sum weighted sum and phases fit the data. Sines are not even required in a Fourier transform. Sines happen to be one any number of complete sets that can fit any well behaved curve. You may choose to filter spectrum and retransform to remove noise. Look into what you can do with a compose in a Fourier series. That trick has quite a bit of power to work magic. You definitely will have fun with it. It is one of the secrets behind Photoshop.

    Please don’t think I’m dissing the Fourier Transform. Joe Fourier was a genius. I remember when I first read of his work. I was stunned by the idea that any arbitrary wave could be represented as the superposition of nothing more than a set of sine waves … astonishing insight. And people have done dazzling things with it in a host of disciplines.

    I’m just saying that for certain applications, periodicity analysis is more useful than Fourier analysis, for the reasons I list above. Someone commented that they wanted to look into it for biological rhythms. It’s superb for that, because those rhythms are often not sine-shaped waves. Periodicity analysis allows you to see the actual shape of a circadian or other cycle, as shown in Figure 2.

    Thanks,

    w.

  20. Willis Eschenbach says:

    Leif Svalgaard says:
    July 29, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    They speculate that at small sunspot numbers, the TSI increases. However, when the number of sunspots gets very large, the size of the black spots on the surface of the sun rises faster than the radiance, so the net radiance drops.
    Sunspots ['black spots'] always decrease TSI. And big spots especially. The increase in TSI with the sunspot number is due to another effect: the presence of ‘faculae’ [magnetic debris (or sometimes precursors to spots) surrounding the spots]. More spots, especially the smaller decaying ones or the just born ones, mean more faculae. The effect of bright faculae on TSI is about twice that of the dark spots, so the faculae win and we end up with the well-known solar cycle variation of TSI.

    Interesting. Sounds like it would vary as something like the ratio of total spot area to total edge length. More smaller spots for a given area have more edge length, leading to exactly what’s shown in Figure 1. Thanks for the explanation.

    w.

  21. Willis Eschenbach says:

    John Trigge (in Oz) says:
    July 29, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    Could the lack of correlation between sunspot numbers and temperatures be due to attempting to match (possibly accurate) sunspot numbers to highly adjusted, homogenised, UHI’d, in-filled, smoothed and distorted temperature ‘data’?

    Thanks, John, Even if that were the case, the 10-11 year cycle should show up strongly in the satellite data, but it doesn’t.

    w.

  22. Willis,

    Nice article. As far as Berkeley vs. HadCRUT3 goes, its something of an apples-to-oranges comparison as one is land-only and the other is a land/ocean composite. Comparing Berkeley and CRUTEM4 (and NCDC land-only while you are at it) would be much more interesting. I suspect they would be quite similar, given how similar the overall anomalies are: http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j237/hausfath/globallandtempcomps1850-2013_zps9d383290.png

  23. MiCro says:

    Willis, did you get a chance to download the data I put up for you?
    I think it would make a better source of data. 120 million samples, but I wouldn’t go before 1950, and don’t forget the limited samples of 1971-2. One of my charts is sample count it shows how lousy surface station data is, And what you get from GISS, BEST, CRU is all made up data. The spectrum you get from these data sets are lacking as you saw.

    I have copies of a version of CRU and BEST, and they have lost all of the resolution of the data. When you homogenize and average the data into global averages of almost any kind, you loss so much.

    A daily global average is a fabrication.

    I also found when you start averaging areas north and south of the equator, it smears out the seasonal signals, even a wide range of either north or south causes loss of signal. Then tropics have 2 cycles instead of one. Yearly average, poof it’s all gone.

  24. Willis Eschenbach says:

    Philip Bradley says:
    July 29, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    This should discomfort the ‘it’s the sun, stupid’ crowd.

    “It’s the thermostat, stupid” …

    w.

  25. Greg Goodman says:

    Lance Wallace says: From your FFT spectrum, there is indeed a peak near 100 years and 50 years

    and the “100 years” look uncomfortably like half the dataset length !

  26. Cohen says:

    The wikipedia entry on solar cycles has the comment

    Hale’s observations revealed that the solar cycle is a magnetic cycle with an average duration of 22 years. However, because very nearly all manifestations of the solar cycle are insensitive to magnetic polarity, it remains common usage to speak of the “11-year solar cycle”.

    I notice that the BEST and HADCRUT3 periodicity curves have peaks somewhat close to the 22-ish position. Maybe this is connected to the sun.

  27. Stephen Wilde says:

    Apart from a millennial cycle such as MWP to LIA to date the sun is pretty irregular on shorter time scales of 3 or 4 solar cycles as witness the active sun and accompanying warmth of the late 17th century and early 18th century before the sun became less active and temperature dropped again in the late 18th and in the 19th century..

    Furthermore the modulating effect of the oceans has an effect sometimes supplementing and sometimes offsetting any solar variations.

    So I don’t think there are any clear cycles on time scales of less than a millennium or so and even that varies in length due to the ocean effect.

    However, the absence of clear shorter term cycles does not imply that there is no link at all between solar activity and a temperature trend at specific levels of solar activity.

    It just isn’t a neat, regularly repeating relationship. Just a tendency for temperatures to rise slowly when the sun is more active than a specific (currently uncertain) level and for temperatures to fall slowly when the sun is less active than that specific level.

    I think someone did suggest a specific level of the Ap index at which the system would switch from cooling to warming or vice versa.

    Suggesting that such an approach is ‘cyclomania’ is a straw man argument.

  28. Much obliged for the essay, Willis Well done. I’m going to look into PT.

    Curiously, the HadCRUT3 record doesn’t show the 26- and 52-year cycle shown by the BEST data, while it does show a number of variations not shown in the BEST data. My suspicion is that this is a result of the “scalpel” method used to assemble the BEST dataset, which cuts the records at discontinuities rather than trying to “adjust” them.

    I urge all readers to take this observation to heart. It is the “Smoking Gun at Berkley Earth”.

    My hobby horse has been that BEST’s scalpel process destroys low frequency data and the suture and regional homogenization creates counterfeit low frequency output — it looks real, but divorced from reality. Willis and I went several rounds on this topic in “Berkley Earth Finally Makes Peer Review…. ” Jan 19-23, 2013.

    Willis ( 1/22/13 12:45 am

    But your claim, that “Any trend longer than [12 years] in the reconstruction is apparently a result of modeling”, that’s not true. Long-period trends have noise added to them by the scalpel technique, but the scalpel technique does not lose the long-period information as you claim. The long-term trends stay in the data, they are not removed as you think.

    Willis, I submit that your observations and analysis that HadCRUT3 and BEST do not show the same long period results is confirmation that the scalpel and suture is destroying important signal and substituting false artifacts. If so, climatic results with a time scale beyond 6 years from BEST work should be highly suspect and probably discarded.

    I made may argument from Fourier Theorems, not because I believe long term cycles have a cause, but from an Information Content argument. A Temp vs Time time series has a certain amount of information. The Fourier Transform of that series has exactly the same information content because there is a 1 to 1 correspondence between the two. The BEST scalpel, by shortening each time series, removes the lowest possible frequency in the Fourier spectrum. Information is lost. The lowest frequency information is lost — that which is most important to climate science. High frequency information cannot be used to recreate low frequency information. Regional homogenization will not save the day, for if you look at the regional homogenization in the Fourier Space, the low frequency component of the maps have gone to NULL.

    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2009/12/08/the-smoking-gun-at-darwin-zero/

    And with the Latin saying “Falsus in unum, falsus in omis” (false in one, false in all) as our guide, until all of the station “adjustments” are examined, adjustments of CRU, GHCN, and GISS alike, we can’t trust anyone using homogenized numbers.
    Regards to all, keep fighting the good fight,
    w.

  29. Willis Eschenbach says:

    Greg Goodman says:
    July 29, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    PS. you’ll also note 3.7 is quite strong in a lot of the regions in SST. It is not a satellite defect.

    Greg Goodman says:
    July 29, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    3.8 years in trade wind data is probably the same thing:
    http://climategrog.wordpress.com/?attachment_id=283

    Also note SSN periods are clearly visible.

    Thanks for both of those, I’ll take a look at that.

    While you may certainly be correct, I caution again against interpreting Fourier results as real cycles. Read my comment above. If there is a strong 125-year cycle in Leif’s data, it will not show up in the Fourier analysis,despite the fact that it is a real cycle. The same is true of say a 90-year cycle. The Fourier analysis doesn’t show the actual cycles in the data. Instead, it shows a unique and non-overlapping (orthogonal) set of theoretical sine waves that add up to the data.

    By the way, could I make a plea that graphs contain a link to the data used? It’s so frustrating to have to dig the data out, and often impossible.

    w.

  30. Stephen Wilde says:

    And of course whatever the sun does the effect is modulated by the thermostat effect which Willis has previously alluded to as a tropical phenomenon but which I would extend to the entire global air circulations.

  31. Stephen Wilde says:

    My post at 2.55pm should have referred to the F10.7 Flux and not the Ap index.

  32. vukcevic says:

    Hi Willis
    Some 10 years ago I produced this equation
    http://www.vukcevic.talktalk.net/LFC4.htm
    (on the graph numbers are rounded off) which has ~105 year period, except at the time of Maunder minimum when period halved.
    I was flogging my ideas on another blog, and the well known solar expert declared it astrology, insisting that it is the well known Gleissberg cycle (70 years) that dominated the sunspot cycles.
    My stance was that such cycle did not exist and that sunspot long term output is modulated by ‘Maunder equation’ as I call it, and challenge the good old doc to produce the FFT spectrum.
    Instead of producing single spectral line, Dr. Svalgaard came with this:
    http://www.vukcevic.talktalk.net/FFT-105y.htm
    My comment reproduced below the graph clearly shows sentiments of the conversation at the time.
    This particular topic may still be available on the old ‘SC24 blog’ but I couldn’t trace it, someone else may be more successful. I was banned for misbehaviour so I made record of many of my posts.
    Dr. Svalgaarrd’s recollection may be different and if put forward I shall not challenge it.
    As far as I know this is first time anyone defined 105 year cycle, but I could be wrong.

  33. Greg Goodman says:

    “It just isn’t a neat, regularly repeating relationship. Just a tendency for temperatures to rise slowly when the sun is more active than a specific (currently uncertain) level ”

    First we need to understand the solar activity , then we need to understand the climate systems response to whatever part of solar activity is most important : TSI, UV, magnetism, solar wind.

    Then we need to untangle anything else like a strong 9 year cycle that is probably lunar in original. Anyone expecting a nice 1 to 1 correlation to SSN is being foolishly simplistic. Equally those stating that solar is unimportant because of the lack of such a trivial relationship are being equally foolish.

    There are clear signals but the relationship is not trivial.

    Neither is bundling the whole global temperature data into a “global average” very helpful. Especially if we mix land and sea data. Tropics, temperate and polar regions get hit differently and have different responses and feedbacks.

    Global average ‘mania’ has held back any real understanding of climate mechanisms for decades. Probably intentionally so by those wishing to analyse it as CO2 plus noise.

  34. Spence_UK says:

    Brave of you to make so many basic errors on the capability of the Fourier Transform on a page frequented by many electrical / electronic engineers…

    Advantage: Improved resolution at all temporal scales. Fourier analysis only gives the cycle strength at specific intervals. And these intervals are different across the scale. For example, I have 3,174 months of sunspot data. A Fourier analysis of that data gives sine waves with periods of 9.1, 9.4, 9.8, 10.2, 10.6, 11.0, 11.5, and 12.0 years.

    A simple DFT gives those numbers because that is all of the information that is in the data set. Any other data is, by definition, interpolation (which we know from the mathematical underpinnings of the transform). But if you want to perform the interpolation using the Fourier transform, it’s trivial – you just zero pad the time domain. Then you get any frequency you want.

    Advantage: A more fine-grained dataset gives better resolution.

    Again, by definition, there is no additional information to give better resolution, and any method that gives better resolution must do so by interpolation – which is trivial and easy to do using the Fourier transform.

    Advantage: Shows actual cycle shapes, rather than sine waves.

    Cycle shapes can be trivially extracted from a Fourier transform from analysis of the harmonics.

    Advantage: No “ringing” or aliasing from end effects.

    Allow me to introduce you to window functions…

    Advantage: Relatively resistant to missing data.

    And allow me to introduce you to the Lomb-Scargle periodogram.

    Advantage: Computationally reasonably fast.

    A 70,000 point FFT on my creaking, 8 year old lap top in MATLAB – including generating the random numbers to feed into it – took 0.01 seconds. Not forty. Not quite sure how you’re selling this as an advantage. (Command: tic; fft(randn(70000,1)); toc)

    I’m sure periodicity analysis (just like all the other variants, such as singular spectrum analysis etc) has its merits, but I’d rather hear them from someone who actually understands Fourier analysis in the first place, if a comparison is to be made at all.

  35. Global average ‘mania’ has held back any real understanding of climate mechanisms for decades.

    Whole heartedly agree. I’d look for a solar effect in the desert zones. Australia has good data from a few arid desert locations. Although avoid the BoM’s Australian composite datasets. They have piled adjustment on adjustment.

  36. Willis Eschenbach says:

    Zeke Hausfather says:
    July 29, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    Willis,

    Nice article. As far as Berkeley vs. HadCRUT3 goes, its something of an apples-to-oranges comparison as one is land-only and the other is a land/ocean composite. Comparing Berkeley and CRUTEM4 (and NCDC land-only while you are at it) would be much more interesting. I suspect they would be quite similar, given how similar the overall anomalies are:

    I would have thought the same, but curiously, not so. Here’s Best again for comparison:

    and here’s CRUTEM4:

    The most obvious difference is in the size of the peaks at around 52 years. Again, I suspect the result is because of the “scalpel” technique, but I have no way of demonstrating that.

    Regards,

    w.

  37. LamontT says:

    I’m thinking that this shows more than anything else that a variety of tools used to examine data is best. I think to often people get locked into looking at things in only one way which is why an outside view can sometimes reveal amazing things. And yes other times multiple views don’t show anything, but that is data as well.

  38. Willis Eschenbach says:

    Spence_UK says:
    July 29, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    Brave of you to make so many basic errors on the capability of the Fourier Transform on a page frequented by many electrical / electronic engineers…

    Advantage: Improved resolution at all temporal scales. Fourier analysis only gives the cycle strength at specific intervals. And these intervals are different across the scale. For example, I have 3,174 months of sunspot data. A Fourier analysis of that data gives sine waves with periods of 9.1, 9.4, 9.8, 10.2, 10.6, 11.0, 11.5, and 12.0 years.

    A simple DFT gives those numbers because that is all of the information that is in the data set.

    I understand that, Spence. The DFT returns a set of sine waves that perfectly reproduce the underlying signal. My point is that those may not be the actual waves that went together to make up the signal. Consider my example of a sine wave added to a sawtooth wave. The Fourier analysis will reconstitute the resultant wave perfectly out of a bunch of sine waves.

    Butwhat Fourier analysis can’t do is give us back the original sine wave and triangle wave that were added together to make the resultant wave.

    Any other data is, by definition, interpolation (which we know from the mathematical underpinnings of the transform). But if you want to perform the interpolation using the Fourier transform, it’s trivial – you just zero pad the time domain. Then you get any frequency you want.

    Spence, you have listed a number of ways to get around some of the limitations of the Fourier transforms. I’ve never denied that those ways exist. Nor, as I said above, am I dissing the DFT, it’s a work of art.

    I’m just saying that there are advantages to the periodicity transform, some of which I’ve listed above. I’m comparing a simple DFT to a simple periodicity transform. Yes, there are wavelets, and ways to get around missing data. And yes, you can take a narrower window and sweep it across the data to improve your resolution. There’s lots of workarounds for the limitations of simple application of the DFT.

    I’m just saying that the periodicity transform is a relatively simple transform that has certain advantages in certain situations. As Sethares and Staley point out with examples, there are things that it can do that the Fourier transform is not very good at, or can’t do at all. Different tools for different jobs is how I look at the two of them.

    As to computational speed, neither the DFT nor the periodicity analysis are particularly fast, that’s why the Fast Fourier Transform was invented. Part of the difference is that the periodicity algorithm is calculating each individual frequency from low to high. So in a 70,000 point dataset, it’s analyzing some 23,000 individual cycles. If you wish to sweep a windowed DFT to that resolution across the same interval you’ll need to run it about 23,000 times plus overhead. (Although I’m sure there are clever algorithms for that as well.) My point is a homebuilt function with no attempt at optimization can run that in a reasonable time, always a plus on my planet.

    Again, I’m not anti-Fourier. It’s just that sometimes instead of a saw I want a chisel …

    w.

  39. richard verney says:

    Greg Goodman says:

    July 29, 2013 at 3:09 pm
    /////////////////

    An insightful comment.

    I too have often commented upon the point you make in your final paragraph. The use of averages really hinders seeing what is going on and why.

  40. Bart says:

    Greg Goodman says:
    July 29, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    “Someone called Bart did a very interesting frequency analysis on SSN that comes up with several of the the same periods you found, and not to be impolite in any way, he does seem a lot more experienced than you with fourrier type techniques. “

    That was I. The Sunspot data are the result of the rectification of primarily two processes with energy concentrated in frequency ranges centered at those associated with periods of about 20 and 23.6 years. When rectified, these produce the major observed peaks associated with about 10, 10.8, 11.8, and 131 years, in accordance with the Convolution Theorem.

    I make the distinction of pointing out where the energy is concentrated because these are NOT periodic signals. If they were periodic, the energy would be distributed in lines, such as appear in atomic spectra. This type of behavior is fairly ubiquitous in a wide range of physical phenomena, owing to the fact that natural continuum processes can often be described by partial differential equations on a bounded domain, and such equations can often be solved as the expansion of a series of spatial eigenmodes associated with a time dependent amplitude function which is the output of a 2nd order ordinary differential equation. Dissipation of energy produces a broadening of the lines, and the processes manifest themselves as resonant phenomena driven by wideband random forcing.

    I made such a model of the Sunspots here and showed how I could use it to generate qualitatively very similar outputs to the observed Sunspot behavior here and here. A Kalman Filter/Predictor could be formulated for this model which would produce optimal estimates of future behavior and associated error bars.

    This kind of stuff is pretty old hat in control systems analysis and design. Someday, it will migrate over into the climate sciences.

  41. Philip Peake says:

    One thing to perhaps consider: overall, the sun is going to generate a pretty constant amount of energy. Given that, the TSI is going to be fairly constant too, but as surface (at least) conditions change, the energy spectrum will change.

    It might be interesting to explore how the Earth reacts to a constant TSI with a varying spectral density.

  42. Steven Mosher says:

    ‘ The BEST scalpel, by shortening each time series, removes the lowest possible frequency in the Fourier spectrum. Information is lost. The lowest frequency information is lost — that which is most important to climate science. High frequency information cannot be used to recreate low frequency information. Regional homogenization will not save the day, for if you look at the regional homogenization in the Fourier Space, the low frequency component of the maps have gone to NULL.”

    i suppose i could get a file done without scalpelling. However your description of it is wrong.

  43. I feel strongly that one needs to work out what each individual solar output component does to the global temp,ETC, as TSI evens out individual components, and is thereby not that useful. We should be seeing how proton, electron, Ultra-Violet, X Rays, Ap, 10.7, etc, etc each individually have on earths various layers of atmosphere, jetstreams, temperature, magnetic effects, other reactions, the differing reactions at poles and differing latitudes, etc, etc. Using a broad brushed TSI is not going to achieve any real detailed meaningful results. And help us that much really in finding all the answers to Solar-Climate-Weather-etc interactions…There is so much out there we need to research and learn.
    However, the problem lies in that most of this solar component data is only very recent!

  44. Bart says:

    Willis Eschenbach says:
    July 29, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    “But what Fourier analysis can’t do is give us back the original sine wave and triangle wave that were added together to make the resultant wave.”

    Actually, the FFT is an isomorphism – it can give you back precisely what you put into it.

    “Spence, you have listed a number of ways to get around some of the limitations of the Fourier transforms.”

    It’s not a limitation of the Fourier Transform, but an aspect of the FFT implementation of it. The actual Fourier Transform is a continuous and dense function of frequency. The FFT is a sampled version of the Fourier Transform. Zero padding is merely a method to make it sample more points.

    However, it really does not help with resolution in a strict sense. Fundamentally, resolution is limited by the length of the data set. E.g., you cannot generally isolate a 1000 year process in 10 years of data. But, you can use additional points of data to produce a plot which is more pleasing and recognizable to the human eye.

    Anyway, the problem of looking for periodicities is that this is not really periodic data, but rather a random process with cyclical correlation, as I discussed above.

  45. Bart says:

    “…as I discussed above.”

    Once it gets through the spam filter, I suppose.

  46. Nick Stokes says:

    Willis,
    It’s an interesting analysis. But I think your list of disadvantages of the periodicity analysis is short but major.

    The sunspot analysis was most interesting, so I ran your program for an exact sine of period 11 years, monthly data over 264 years. The full plot showed, rather like your Fig 4, a sequence of peaks at 22 yr, 33 yr etc diminishing quite slowly. These are spurious. The expansion about the 11 year also showed. like your Fig 5, side lobes at about 10.4 years and 11.7 years, though not as pronounced. It looks as though these are a sinc function relating to the 264 year window.

  47. Spence_UK says:

    Willis, I appreciate what you’re saying, but methods you describe as “getting around limitations of the Fourier transform” apply equally to the periodicity transform – they are limits of the data, e.g. Nyquist sampling theorem.

    As an example, I generated your figure 5 from using a Fourier Transform:

    http://i42.tinypic.com/281wj0o.png

    (Apologies for the cheesy hosting). As you can see, the Fourier Transform yields an almost identical plot to the periodicity transform. The limit of the information is dictated by the data, not the signal processing method. As someone quite familiar with frequency domain analysis, it is very difficult to get past the intro to the interesting part, without thinking “this is all wrong…”

  48. Willis Eschenbach says:
    July 29, 2013 at 2:32 pm
    You’ve used 308 years of data from 1700-2008. This means that the only cycles that the Fourier analysis will reveal are 308/2 = 154 years, 308/3 = 103 years, 308/4 = 77 years, and so on. These individual points are clearly visible in the Fourier analysis.
    As a result, you won’t find any evidence of say a 125-year cycle in the Fourier decomposition of a 308-year signal, even though such a cycle may certainly exist in the data.

    It is very true that FFT is a blunt instrument for long-period cycles, as the time-resolution [really frequency] is poor for the longer period, but it is not completely useless: the peaks will still show up, but shifted somewhat. Here is an example: I added a 70-yr period to the SSN record [with same amplitude as average SSN] and in another plot I additionally added a 125-yr period: http://www.leif.org/FFT-SSN-70-125.png so the peaks are still there but not well resolved. Of course, if you have a very long series, the peaks will show up just fine as the third plot of 2562 ‘years’ of a 125-yr cycle.

  49. I additionally added a 125-yr period: http://www.leif.org/research/FFT-SSN-70-125.png
    This happens too often that I forget something on the long URL. I should make a really short one for this kind of stuff.

  50. DirkH says:

    Willis Eschenbach says:
    July 29, 2013 at 3:23 pm
    “The most obvious difference is in the size of the peaks at around 52 years. Again, I suspect the result is because of the “scalpel” technique, but I have no way of demonstrating that.”

    That looks indeed as if the BEST scalpel technique kills the low frequency periodicities. (Mosher’s defense “You’re wrong” doesn’t really cut it. I doubt he understands what he did.)

  51. AndyG55 says:

    Does either of these methods point out cycles that are gradually changing in length ?

  52. AndyG55 says:

    eg , in figure 7 you show 2 different major peaks in each half of the record (I don’t know which is which)
    Suppose you were to use say 1/4 or 1/3 length records, or perhaps take a set length record and step it through the sequence, you may find a gradually increasing or decreasing period.

  53. AndyG55 says:

    or even worse, a period length that is periodic.. :-)

  54. Bart says:

    I will try it again.Just in passing, a naked FFT is a lousy tool for investigating noisy data. An experienced analyst would estimate a PSD.

    Greg Goodman says:
    July 29, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    “Someone called Bart did a very interesting frequency analysis on SSN that comes up with several of the the same periods you found, and not to be impolite in any way, he does seem a lot more experienced than you with fourrier type techniques. “

    That was I. The Sunspot data are the result of the rectification of primarily two processes with energy concentrated in frequency ranges centered at those associated with periods of about 20 and 23.6 years. When rectified, these produce the major observed peaks associated with about 10, 10.8, 11.8, and 131 years, in accordance with the Convolution Theorem.

    I make the distinction of pointing out where the energy is concentrated because these are NOT periodic signals. If they were periodic, the energy would be distributed in lines, such as appear in atomic spectra. This type of behavior is fairly ubiquitous in a wide range of physical phenomena, owing to the fact that natural continuum processes can often be described by partial differential equations on a bounded domain, and such equations can often be solved as the expansion of a series of spatial eigenmodes associated with a time dependent amplitude function which is the output of a 2nd order ordinary differential equation. Dissipation of energy produces a broadening of the lines, and the processes manifest themselves as resonant phenomena driven by wideband random forcing.

    I made such a model of the Sunspots here and showed how I could use it to generate qualitatively very similar outputs to the observed Sunspot behavior here and here. A Kalman Filter/Predictor could be formulated for this model which would produce optimal estimates of future behavior and associated error bars.

    This kind of stuff is pretty old hat in control systems analysis and design. Someday, it will migrate over into the climate sciences.

  55. charles nelson says:

    “However, when the number of sunspots gets very large, the size of the black spots on the surface of the sun rises faster than the radiance, so the net radiance drops. Always more to learn”
    Large black spots on the surface of the sun reduce total solar irradiance…you don’t say.

  56. or even worse, a period length that is periodic.. :-)
    Like an FM radio signal of disco music?

  57. tallbloke says:

    For anyone interested, an Arxiv paper which sets out to rebut Abreu et al’s 2012 A&A paper ‘Is there a planetary influence on solar activity?’ is currently under discussion at the talkshop.
    http://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2013/07/28/cameron-and-schussler-no-evidence-for-planetary-influence-on-solar-activity/

    Abreu et al’s paper was favourably reviewed by Canadian Physicist Paul Charbonneau in Nature:
    http://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2013/01/31/nature-print-edition-features-solar-planetary-theory/
    He had previously written off the theory in 2003 but has since changed his mind in the light of strengthening evidence.

  58. AndyG55 says:

    Stephen Rasey says:
    or even worse, a period length that is periodic.. :-)
    Like an FM radio signal of disco music?

    I guess what I’m saying.. why are we considering that solar periods stay constant.
    They almost certainly don’t…….. UNLESS they are influenced by the motion of the big planets…
    which Willis says there is no signal of.

    The whole thing with Fourier and Periodic analysis is that they identify constant periods.

    Question is, how does one go about identifying a periodic cycle, when the period is somewhat elastic.

  59. Willis,

    Are you comparing CRUTEM and Berkeley over the 1850-present period, or are you comparing 1750-present Berkeley to 1850-present CRUTEM? If the latter, I suspect that the early Berkeley record will skew the comparison a bit given the limited spatial coverage.

  60. Robert of Ottawa says:

    WRT TSI, does it include far UV effectively?

  61. Robert of Ottawa says:

    The issue isn’t the blackness, which I do not understand (Leif?) but the temperature of the penumbras of the black spots are getting cooler.

    Why are sunspots black, rather than white?

    Is it that the magnetic tubes open up the photo-surface with holes descending to the optically opaque regions?

  62. Willis Eschenbach says:

    Bart says:
    July 29, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    Willis Eschenbach says:
    July 29, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    “But what Fourier analysis can’t do is give us back the original sine wave and triangle wave that were added together to make the resultant wave.”

    Actually, the FFT is an isomorphism – it can give you back precisely what you put into it.

    I’m sorry for the lack of clarity, Bart. What I meant was that a sawtooth wave of period 17 added to a sine wave of period 19 looks like this:

    A Fourier analysis can decompose that combined waveform into a large number of superimposed sine waves.

    What Fourier can’t do is to recover the sine wave and the sawtooth wave that created the waveform, while periodicity analysis can do that easily.

    w.

  63. Robert of Ottawa says:
    July 29, 2013 at 6:03 pm
    WRT TSI, does it include far UV effectively?
    The ‘T’ is TSI means Total, so the answer is YES.

    Robert of Ottawa says:
    July 29, 2013 at 6:08 pm
    Why are sunspots black, rather than white?
    they are, in fact, blindingly white. Just look darker [black] against the even hotter background

    Is it that the magnetic tubes open up the photo-surface with holes descending to the optically opaque regions?
    No, the Sun gets hotter and brighter descending below the surface.

  64. Willis Eschenbach says:

    Zeke Hausfather says:
    July 29, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    Willis,

    Are you comparing CRUTEM and Berkeley over the 1850-present period, or are you comparing 1750-present Berkeley to 1850-present CRUTEM? If the latter, I suspect that the early Berkeley record will skew the comparison a bit given the limited spatial coverage.

    Thanks, Zeke. The latter … here’s the more modern section of the CRU record

    Regards,

    w.

  65. ATheoK says:

    Willis:
    Wonderful insightful research Willis. Sort of like finding the encyclopedia Britannica on one’s bookshelf; so much to learn.

    Interesting insight about one cycle being close to Jupiters. Only, there is far too little knowledge to infer Jupiter’s orbit into the mix.

    Consider the Earth’s ocean tidal cycle with two full high/low tides per day, and then some. Except, of course, for the Gulf of Mexico tides along America’s Gulf coast where there is approximately one high/low tidal cycle per day.

    Proving beyond coincidence that a solar cycle matches Jupiter’s orbit needs actual correlation via research. Not something you are expected to do Willis, you’ve already opened portals to our minds.

    One does wonder if some of the cycles you’ve identified might be reverberations from the sun’s nuclear furnace igniting into our sun.

  66. Ulric Lyons says:

    Theoretically, Earth-Venus-Jupiter syzygy cycles should give peaks around 10.27 years and 11.86 years. On the short term they have to alternate between 6.5 and 7.5 Venus synodic periods (1.5987yrs).

  67. LdB says:

    Now people are actually starting to think about the physics that would be involved in astro cycles rather than endless curve fitting garbage and I congratulate you on getting that to happen Willis.

  68. desertyote says:

    Photo looks a bit north of Santa Rosa, more like Windsor.

  69. AJB says:

    Hmm, so remind me again why inflections in the evolution of the WSO polar field strength data appear to centre fairly precisely on gas giant alignments or close pairs thereof? Yep, I think its coincidence (and therefore bullshit) too. But I guess we’ll have to wait and see what happens in 2015, 2017 and 2020 (a somewhat wider than normal separation and therefore a reasonable test).

    One
    Two
    Three
    Four

    Sure looks like an n-body problem of some sort. The kind that’s going to produce fuzzy pseudo-cyclic behaviour that won’t cut up clean under Fourier’s surgical blade – hysteretic evolution of some underlying cycle attenuated by very small perturbations and a fair dose of randomness. No cycles precisely predictable over the longer term; Black Swans abound.

    If there is a mechanism (which I seriously doubt) it’s tidal in nature. Jupiter is the driver whose influence is modified by the other three beyond; Sun too large and inner planets moving too fast to have any noticeable effect. Pseudoscience at its finest; needs maths. Precise, verifiable dates from 1580 to 2100 when gas giants cross(ed) the Sun’s equatorial plane gratefully received.

  70. jimmi_the_dalek says:

    One thing I would like to ask is, are there really any cycles at all? Now when people analyse the temperature record, and say that it is warming/cooling/staying the same, it is sensible to ask whether that conclusion is statistically valid. Now some of the analysis, e.g Scafetta’s, quotes periods (of sine waves) with a precision of two decimal places – that is a precision of 3 days! I am absolutely certain that the accuracy of the underlying climate data is not sufficient to justify this degree of precision, and that it is just meaningless curve fitting. But I am wondering about the “cycle” everyone takes for granted namely the solar cycle, with “period” of about 11 years. Except that it is really somewhere between 8 and about 14 years with 11 only being the average. If that is the case why would one expect to see a “period” of 11 years in the climate? There is a real physical phenomenon in the sun – the reversal of the magnetic dipole – but why is this considered a “cycle” rather than a sequence of irregularly spaced independent events? To what extent is it statistically significant to represent this sequence by a single periodic function of length 11 years?

  71. Willis Eschenbach says:

    AJB says:
    July 29, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Hmm, so remind me again why inflections in the evolution of the WSO polar field strength data appear to centre fairly precisely on gas giant alignments or close pairs thereof?

    Since you’re the first person on the thread to mention the “WSO polar field strength data”, I can’t remind you AGAIN of a dang thing. It’s not clear at all what your point is.

    w.

  72. jimmi_the_dalek says:
    July 29, 2013 at 8:27 pm
    There is a real physical phenomenon in the sun – the reversal of the magnetic dipole – but why is this considered a “cycle” rather than a sequence of irregularly spaced independent events?
    The dalek makes a good point. The solar ‘cycle’ is, in fact, not a cycle, but a sequence of eruptions of magnetic flux which when they have run their cause leave behind a semi-random polar field as a seed for the next series of eruptions and so it goes. The Sun is not an ‘oscillator’ that runs a precise cycle.

  73. LdB says:

    jimmi_the_dalek says:
    July 29, 2013 at 8:27 pm
    There is a real physical phenomenon in the sun – the reversal of the magnetic dipole – but why is this considered a “cycle” rather than a sequence of irregularly spaced independent events?

    I agree with Leif and your point it most likely is not a cycle.

    Old faithful in Yellowstone park is probably closer to what is actually happening
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Faithful)

    Only lately it has become unfaithful but yet …

    => Over the years, the length of the interval has increased, which may be the result of earthquakes affecting subterranean water levels. These disruptions have made the earlier mathematical relationship inaccurate, but have in fact made Old Faithful more predictable. With a margin of error of 10 minutes, Old Faithful will erupt 65 minutes after an eruption lasting less than 2.5 minutes or 91 minutes after an eruption lasting more than 2.5 minutes. The reliability of Old Faithful can be attributed to the fact that it is not connected to any other thermal features of the Upper Geyser Basin.

    There is an example of a thermal explosion cycle which has no link to anything other than how the pressure builds up in the basin itself.

  74. AndyG55 says:

    I suspect that the Sun does not have a timing belt.

  75. AJB says:

    OK I worded that badly Willis. The point is that as Leif says, the Sun is not an ‘oscillator’ that runs a precise cycle. However, IMO there is (very scant!) evidence in the WSO data that the gas giants may attenuate/modify its evolution slightly giving rise to fuzzy cyclic behaviour close to synodic periods, etc. Sorry to be obtuse – cycles without the mania is pretty much spot on.

  76. jimmi_the_dalek says:

    Going on from Lief’s reply above : If the earth’s climate is sensitive to minor variations in the sun’s output, and if the sun spot record is a good proxy for this, then maybe the record can be used a different way. The sun spot record records a sequence of events with varying magnitude and irregular spacing going back at least 250 years, in effect defining a wave packet. So why not use this wave packet and look for its signature, i.e. the 250 year long irregular shape, in the climate instead of looking for periodic approximations to this data. If that pattern can be found, possible with a bit of a time lag, then well and good, but if not then this whole “cycle” thing is probably BS from beginning to end.

  77. AndyG55 says:

    Willis, As I mentioned before.
    Take a 1/3 length of the record find the peak periodicy, then step that 1/3 length along the whole record, see if there is any pattern in the period change.

  78. LdB says:

    Actually thinking about “Old faithful” what would be interesting would be to ask one of the cycle maniacs what could be causing our 91 min eruption does it have a planetary cause?

  79. Willis,

    Thanks for that. Looking at them side-by-side they look much more similar now, though the slightly different y and x axis make it a tad difficult to eyeball. Not to put more work on your shoulders, but if you could put them side by side on the same graph (with different color), it would be greatly appreciated.

  80. desertyote says:

    AndyG55 says:
    July 29, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    I suspect that the Sun does not have a timing belt.
    ###

    Maybe its just a bit loose …

  81. Keith Minto says:

    This puzzles me……

    Leif Svalgaard says:
    July 29, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Robert of Ottawa says:
    July 29, 2013 at 6:03 pm
    WRT TSI, does it include far UV effectively?
    The ‘T’ is TSI means Total, so the answer is YES.

    The TSI Monitor seems to be a heat sensor http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/SORCE/sorce_07.php
    Wouldn’t it favour IR radiation ?

  82. Kasuha says:

    “Advantage: Computationally reasonably fast.”

    Come on, periodicity analysis is no match to fourier analysis in terms of efficiency so you can’t put it as advantage when comparing the two. And efficiency of algorithm is not measured in “seconds on my computer”. Periodicity analysis runs in O(n^2) at best while FFT is O(n log n). Clearly FFT has an advantage here.

  83. desertyote says:

    The PT is a great tool to add to box. It provides quite a bit of insight into the structure of the data being analyzed, with little effort, but like the FT it is most useful when applied appropriately. I suspect that unstable higher frequency components will get washed out at higher data lengths.

  84. Keith Minto says:
    July 29, 2013 at 10:36 pm
    The TSI Monitor seems to be a heat sensor … Wouldn’t it favour IR radiation ?
    No, TSI measures all there is. It does that by basically letting plain sunlight of all wavelengths fall on a black surface and measuring the resulting heating. IR is about half of the incoming radiation.

  85. tallbloke says:

    The 10 year cycle is actually 9,93yrs, half the synodic (i.e. the tidally effective period) of the two largest bodies in the solar system outside the Sun itself. Fig7 doesn’t find these periods in the two halves of the sunspot data because the cycle lengths tends to cluster at around 10.38 (VEJ) or 11,86 (J) and the longer term cycle of this bi-polar behaviour won”t be captured by half the sunspot data length. The 11.07 average is rarely the actual cycle length.

  86. tallbloke says:
    July 29, 2013 at 10:56 pm
    The 10 year cycle is actually 9.93yrs, half the synodic (i.e. the tidally effective period) of the two largest bodies in the solar system outside the Sun itself.
    In spite of Willis’s calling the the topic of his thread ‘cycles without the mania’, it seems that the manics have wormed their way in after all.

  87. ferd berple says:

    MiCro says:
    July 29, 2013 at 2:46 pm
    When you homogenize and average the data into global averages of almost any kind, you loss so much.
    ============
    The process of reducing the data to anomalies further degrades the fidelity of the signal. Searching for cycles in the processed data is highly likely to lead to spurious results unless the processing has been shown to not introduce artifacts. Has any such certification been performed for any global temperature signal?

  88. Keith Minto says:

    Off the stats discussion slightly, but this information of TSI movement through the atmosphere is interesting…..

    Sunlight in space at the top of Earth’s atmosphere at a power of 1366 watts/m2 is composed (by total energy) of about 50% infrared light, 40% visible light, and 10% ultraviolet light.[3] At ground level this decreases to about 1120–1000 watts/m2, and by energy fractions to 44% visible light, 3% ultraviolet (with the Sun at the zenith, but less at other angles), and the remainder infrared.[4] Thus, sunlight’s composition at ground level, per square meter, with the sun at the zenith, is about 527 watts of infrared radiation, 445 watts of visible light, and 32 watts of ultraviolet radiation.[5]

  89. Kasuha says:

    “So if the sunspots (or anything associated with them, TSI or cosmic rays) has a significant effect on global temperatures, we would see it in the satellite temperatures.”

    I can clearly see that temperatures go the cooler the higher the sunspot number is. With all other effects affecting the Earth temperature, it may be even significant. And that’s just the first order effect, without delays or without analysing rates of change.

  90. ferd berple says:

    Leif Svalgaard says:
    July 29, 2013 at 11:05 pm
    tallbloke says:
    July 29, 2013 at 10:56 pm
    The 10 year cycle is actually 9.93yrs, half the synodic (i.e. the tidally effective period) of the two largest bodies in the solar system outside the Sun itself.
    In spite of Willis’s calling the the topic of his thread ‘cycles without the mania’, it seems that the manics have wormed their way in after all.
    ==================
    may be coincidence, may not. neither possibility can be fully ruled out. thus the mania exists at both extremes. CAGW is the effect of mania. The belief that there is only one possible cause for observed events, to the exclusion of all others. Such a position is preposterous in the absence of absolute knowledge. No being with limited knowledge and a relative point of view can hope to lay claim to absolute truth.

    Cause is the realm of philosophy. It is open to endless debate. If you can predict with accuracy, you are practicing science. If your prediction more closely matches the observations that alternative predictions, the debate is moot. regardless of cause, the truth is that your method is demonstrably more accurate.

  91. tallbloke says:

    Leif Svalgaard says:
    July 29, 2013 at 8:34 pm
    The solar ‘cycle’ is, in fact, not a cycle, but a sequence of eruptions of magnetic flux which when they have run their cause leave behind a semi-random polar field as a seed for the next series of eruptions and so it goes. The Sun is not an ‘oscillator’ that runs a precise cycle.

    Correct, it’s an oscillator near boundary conditions that runs to an imprecise cycle. One that never goes completely out of phase with the cycle of conjunctions of the most tidally effective planets revolving around it. In fact it runs closely in phase with those conjunction cycles except for when it goes into one of it’s bicentennial sulks, like now.

  92. Matthew R Marler says:

    Kasuha: And efficiency of algorithm is not measured in “seconds on my computer”. Periodicity analysis runs in O(n^2) at best while FFT is O(n log n). Clearly FFT has an advantage here.

    What matters is the actual elapsed time in the data sets of interest. For some problems, this theoretical advantage of FFTs is trivial. It certainly does not outweigh the problems that arise with FFTs performed on irregularly spaced data of arbitrary length. Each year of extra climate data changes the frequencies estimated by the routine use of FFTs, even though the problem is the same problem. As computing machinery becomes faster and faster, the speed advantage of the FFT is restricted to longer and longer time series.

    Willis: A Fourier analysis can decompose that combined waveform into a large number of superimposed sine waves.

    What Fourier can’t do is to recover the sine wave and the sawtooth wave that created the waveform, while periodicity analysis can do that easily.

    Just so. The Fourier analysis returns an extremely non-parsimonious representation of any signal that is not a pure summation of sine waves. A sawtooth or stair-step signal will be exactly represented by a Fourier analysis, but you would hardly guess from the large collection of non-zero coefficients that the function had a simpler representation as a saw tooth or stair step. A periodic step function (such as the high secretion rate/low secretion rate of melatonin secretion) can be simply represented by a 5 parameter function, but the Fourier representation has about 2 dozen non-zero coefficients. A PubMed search on my name will produce an example in the analysis of circadian rhythms of activity, in the Journal Statistics in Medicine. Emery Brown of Harvard has used a similar technique to model the circadian rhythm in melatonin secretion and other processes.

    This is not a blanket critique of Fourier analysis or trigonometric polynomial regression (aka harmonic regression). It’s just that in some circumstances, and this may be one, there are advantages to the method that Willis has presented here.

  93. jimmi_the_dalek says:

    Fred Berple says ” Cause is the realm of philosophy. It is open to endless debate. If you can predict with accuracy, you are practicing science.”

    So with that in mind, I am going to ask Tallbloke how the solar cycle caused the orbit of Jupiter to be what it is?

  94. tallbloke says:
    July 29, 2013 at 11:41 pm
    Correct, it’s an oscillator near boundary conditions that runs to an imprecise cycle.
    It is not an oscillator at all. The solar ‘cycle’ has two parts: it convert poloidal field into toroidal field [creating sunspots] in the beginning of the cycle. The spots decay and the debris are moved to the poles by a random process to build up a new poloidal field, which eventually is advected into the sun to serve as a seed for the following ‘cycle’. The first part is rather deterministic, the second part very random. The two parts are different physical processes and not part of unified, single cycle.

    One that never goes completely out of phase
    Any cycle whatsoever will at various times be in phase with the sunspot ‘cycle’ [like a stopped clock being correct twice a day]. when your tidal cycle [running at a different rate] is 5 years off with respect to the sun it is ‘completely out of phase’. Then, as it goes even more and more out of phase it catches up with the sun and you hail that as success while it actually is a growing failure. As I said, the cyclomaniacs has polluted this nice thread [as they always do].

  95. tallbloke says:

    Kasuha says:
    July 29, 2013 at 11:21 pm
    “So if the sunspots (or anything associated with them, TSI or cosmic rays) has a significant effect on global temperatures, we would see it in the satellite temperatures.”

    I can clearly see that temperatures go the cooler the higher the sunspot number is. With all other effects affecting the Earth temperature, it may be even significant. And that’s just the first order effect, without delays or without analysing rates of change.

    There are roughly speaking, three el ninos per solar cycle. the big one occurs soon after solar minimum when the ocean goes into reverse and kicks heat out instead of absorbing it, unless there was a volcanic eruption in the previous cycle, in which case the PWP is already partially discharged. Consequently the following big la nina usually occurs near solar max. That’s why there’s often a dip in global T near solar max.

    If you smooth the temperature data at 1/3 solar cycle or at the average frequency of the ENSO cycle (around 40 months) you get a good correlation between solar activity and global temperature. The amplitude isn’t that big, but this is due to the antiphase nature of ENSO surface temps and solar cycle described above. The Sun is having a large effect, but it’s hidden below the surface, most obviously in the Pacific Warm Pool.

    http://woodfortrees.org/plot/hadsst3sh/from:1955/mean:37/detrend:0.6/plot/sidc-ssn/from:1955/scale:0.001/offset:-0.3/mean:12

    Anyway, Leif and Willis have more time to spend around here convincing you the planets don’t affect the Sun and the Sun doesn’t affect climate than I have to convincing you they do and it does, so I’ll return you to your normal programming.

    Do not adjust your mindset.

  96. tallbloke says:

    jimmi_the_dalek says:
    July 29, 2013 at 11:53 pm
    Fred Berple says ” Cause is the realm of philosophy. It is open to endless debate. If you can predict with accuracy, you are practicing science.”

    So with that in mind, I am going to ask Tallbloke how the solar cycle caused the orbit of Jupiter to be what it is?

    Intelligent question. By interacting with it in with the corpuscular force and the electromagnetic force and the gravitational force. All systems exhibiting cybernetic feedback have periodicities which oscillate around the mean (Think Watt Governor).

    Eventually they settle into patterns which cause least perturbation (principle of least action and entropy) and minimum interference (lognormal distribution). That’s why all the planetary periodicities and the periodicity of the solar cycles fit the only lognormal distribution which reconciles linear and rotational motions (the fibonacci series)

    http://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2013/02/20/a-remarkable-discovery-all-solar-system-periods-fit-the-fibonacci-series-and-the-golden-ratio/

  97. Michael Larkin says:

    Hmm. If the planets *do* affect the sun (and I have no opinion either way), what might mediate the effect?

  98. tallbloke says:
    July 30, 2013 at 12:14 am
    That’s why all the planetary periodicities and the periodicity of the solar cycles fit the only lognormal distribution which reconciles linear and rotational motions (the fibonacci series)
    Since the Fibonacci series is universal this would imply that all planetary systems around any star whatsoever must follow that distribution, which we already now know that they don’t. Stellar planetary systems vary enormously and no two alike are known [although they should all be alike].

  99. tallbloke says:

    Leif Svalgaard says:
    July 30, 2013 at 12:00 am
    Any cycle whatsoever will at various times be in phase with the sunspot ‘cycle’ [like a stopped clock being correct twice a day]. when your tidal cycle [running at a different rate] is 5 years off with respect to the sun it is ‘completely out of phase’. Then, as it goes even more and more out of phase it catches up with the sun

    When I said it never goes completely out of phase, I meant exactly what I said. Not that it ‘runs past and catches up again’. Both the Solar cycle and the conjunction cycle of Venus-Earth Jupiter (the most tidally effective planets in the system) vary in length. The fact they never go completely out of phase is due to the fact the Sun and the planets are part of the same system. The Solar system. The word system necessarily implies cybernetic feedback. The Solar system is a true system.

    http://tallbloke.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/rotation-solar-windspeed-adjusted.png

  100. tallbloke says:
    July 30, 2013 at 12:30 am
    When I said it never goes completely out of phase, I meant exactly what I said.
    could be [but that does not make it right]. Right now and for the several years the two ‘cycles’ are going completely out of phase [as per your graph]….

  101. tallbloke says:

    Michael Larkin says:
    July 30, 2013 at 12:16 am
    Hmm. If the planets *do* affect the sun (and I have no opinion either way), what might mediate the effect?

    The interplanetary magnetic field and the solar wind and the gravitational tidal force on the Sun are the most prominent candidates. Even Leif acknowledges that the planets and sun were in a spin-orbit coupling during the formation and early history of the solar system. The force has diminished greatly since, but never gone to zero. In a finely balanced system near boundary conditions, it doesn’t take much force to produce a cyclic solar variation of 0.1%

    Check out Kelvin-Helmholtz and Raylaigh-Taylor instability

  102. tallbloke says:

    Leif Svalgaard says:
    July 30, 2013 at 12:38 am
    tallbloke says:
    July 30, 2013 at 12:30 am
    When I said it never goes completely out of phase, I meant exactly what I said.
    could be [but that does not make it right]. Right now and for the several years the two ‘cycles’ are going completely out of phase [as per your graph]….

    Remains to be seen. Not been many visible spots (as opposed to the imaginary ones SIDC count in SS24) over the last month at ‘solar max’ has there?, but last time the phase got this near breaking completely we had the Dalton minimum. Bit of a ‘coincidence’ eh?

  103. tallbloke says:

    Leif Svalgaard says:
    July 30, 2013 at 12:29 am
    Since the Fibonacci series is universal this would imply that all planetary systems around any star whatsoever must follow that distribution, which we already now know that they don’t. Stellar planetary systems vary enormously and no two alike are known [although they should all be alike].

    So far we’ve found data from two exoplanetary systems around other stars which fit the pattern. Onging research. Got any good data for us where the periodicities of at least three planets are well enough resolved?

  104. tallbloke says:
    July 30, 2013 at 12:45 am
    Not been many visible spots (as opposed to the imaginary ones SIDC count in SS24)
    When your theory doesn’t work, blame the data [is the usual excuse]

    but last time the phase got this near breaking completely we had the Dalton minimum. Bit of a ‘coincidence’ eh?
    Make the coincidence even more striking by plotting all the data [back to 1610].

  105. tallbloke says:

    Anyway, there are circumstances in which the pattern would be broken around other stars if the planets were large and close, due to mutual perturbation of the planets. These are the system most readily observable at sufficient resolution at the moment. It may take time before we have the instrumentation to spot more systems with wider spread smaller planets.

  106. tallbloke says:
    July 30, 2013 at 12:48 am
    So far we’ve found data from two exoplanetary systems around other stars which fit the pattern.
    Which ones?

    Got any good data for us where the periodicities of at least three planets are well enough resolved?
    Slide 18 of http://www.leif.org/research/AGU%20Fall%202011%20SH34B-08.pdf shows a bunch.
    Check publications by Poppenhäger…

  107. tallbloke says:
    July 30, 2013 at 12:54 am
    if the planets were large and close, due to mutual perturbation of the planets.
    Then the planetary effects would be millions of times large and easy to observe. None seen so far.

  108. tallbloke says:

    Leif Svalgaard says:
    July 30, 2013 at 12:50 am
    Make the coincidence even more striking by plotting all the data [back to 1610].

    As you keep telling us about Penn and Livingstones theory, just because the spots become invisible doesn’t mean there isn’t still a strong magnetic cycle occurring. Auroral records show it too. So the phasing of the VEJ cycles and auroral records should hold back to 1610, because sunspots are a visible symptom, not he causative agency. I’m working on other stuff at the moment, but if I get around to it, I’ll try out the dataset back to 1610 of your choice.

  109. Anthony published another piece of junk written by Willis.

    It is evident to me that Anthony and Willis are behaving quite dishonestly by trying to defame my research.

    I do not know why Anthony is behaving in this way, but I found his behavior highly unprofessional and misleading. Evidently my research is “disturbing” somebody who is benefitting of the current chaos.

    My research is moving toward the solution of the problem, and I believe that a lot of people from both side of the debate prefer the actual scientific confusion.

    About the new post by Willis, I do not have time to rebut it in details. Just two points that demonstrate how Willis is incompetent on these topics.

    The truth is that Willis is trying to criticize my papers, and many times I have denounced that he is not even reading my papers. He is just jumping around without trying to understand thing. But Anthony does not get it.

    1)
    Let us start from the easy thing.

    Look at Willis Figure 9. He claims that it represents the ACRIM composite. However, it is the PMOD composite.

    It is easy to figure it out. See here the two composites
    http://acrim.com/TSI%20Monitoring.htm

    Not only the shape is different, but ACRIM averages around 1361 W/m^2, while PMOD averages around the outdated value of 1366 W/m^2 as in Willis graph.

    Thus, it is evident that or Willis does not know much about these data or he is misleading people.

    Curiously, Leif did not note the error too.

    2)
    Now, note his Figure 5. He fully confirmed my result that the 11-year sunspot record is made of three peaks close to 10, 11 and 11.86 year.

    He comments, “Now, before anyone points out that 11 years 10 months is the orbital period of Jupiter, yes, it is. But then ten years, and eleven years, the other two peaks, are not the orbital period of anything I know of … so that may or may not be a coincidence. In any case, it doesn’t matter whether the 11 years 10 months is Jupiter or not, any more than it matters if 10 years is the orbital period of something else. Those are just the frequencies involved to the nearest month.”

    So, he acknowledges that the 11 years 10 months is the orbital period of Jupiter. However, later he claims that he does not know about the planetary origin of the quasi 10-year cycle. However, as clearly stated in my papers many times, that is the spring tidal period between Jupiter and Saturn.

    Also the major cycle at 11 year, can be found as combination of the tides from Venus, Earth and Jupiter.

    So, Willis has not read my papers, but he criticized them!

    His additional critique that by using short periods “the strength of these cycles waxes and wanes over time”

    is not a mystery. The cycles waxes and wanes simply because they are interfering. Moreover, using short periods the error associated to the frequency evaluation increases and it becomes more difficult to separate the frequencies.

    In general, to separate close sequences at 10, 11 and 12 years, I need to see at least two beats, which implies that I need to use more than 200 years of data. Because the sunspot record is 262 years long, if I divide it in half, as Willis does, I get 131 year long sequences which are too short to separate the cycles with periodogram like techniques.

    The right way to proceed is how I did in my paper:

    Scafetta N., 2012. Multi-scale harmonic model for solar and climate cyclical variation throughout the Holocene based on Jupiter-Saturn tidal frequencies plus the 11-year solar dynamo cycle. Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics 80, 296-311.
    http://people.duke.edu/~ns2002/pdf/ATP3581.pdf

    where I build a model based of Jupiter and Saturn two tides and I see how the model performs in hindcasting past solar pattern before 1750. The hindcast tests are fully missed my Willis, but it is these tests that support the interpretation of the cycles.
    ***

    So, tell me, how can Anthony and Willis be trusted further? They are really doing some dirty game to defame my research or they are simply incompetent.

    Very likely by listening Willis and Leif, Anthony is making suicide. Somebody needs to inform Anthony before it is too late for him.

    To the readers of this blog I say that only by reading my papers one may understand what I write.

    **********************************************

    By the way

    Just today a new paper was published showing strong evidences supporting
    the planetary theory of solar variation.

    Despite the defamation attempts of Anthony and Willis who simply are trying
    to deal with something bigger than themselves, I continue to publish on the
    topic. This thing is getting big.

    Scafetta N, Willson R.C. (2013). Empirical evidences for a planetary
    modulation of total solar irradiance and the TSI signature of the 1.09-year
    Earth-Jupiter conjunction cycle. Astrophysics and Space Science. DOI:
    10.1007/s10509-013-1558-3
    http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10509-013-1558-3

    Abstract
    The time series of total solar irradiance (TSI) satellite observations since
    1978 provided by ACRIM and PMOD TSI composites are studied. We find
    empirical evidence for planetary-induced forcing and modulation of solar
    activity. Power spectra and direct data pattern analysis reveal a clear
    signature of the 1.09-year Earth-Jupiter conjunction cycle, in particular
    during solar cycle 23 maximum. This appears to suggest that the Jupiter side
    of the Sun is slightly brighter during solar maxima. The effect is observed
    when the Earth crosses the Sun-Jupiter conjunction line every 1.09 years.
    Multiple spectral peaks are observed in the TSI records that are coherent
    with known planetary harmonics such as the spring, orbital and synodic
    periods among Mercury, Venus, Earth and Jupiter: the Mercury-Venus
    spring-tidal cycle (0.20 year); the Mercury orbital cycle (0.24 year); the
    Venus-Jupiter spring-tidal cycle (0.32 year); the Venus-Mercury synodic
    cycle (0.40 year); the Venus-Jupiter synodic cycle (0.65 year); and the
    Venus-Earth spring tidal cycle (0.80 year). Strong evidence is also found
    for a 0.5-year TSI cycle that could be driven by the Earth’s crossing the
    solar equatorial plane twice a year and may indicate a latitudinal
    solar-luminosity asymmetry. Because both spring and synodic planetary cycles
    appear to be present and the amplitudes of their TSI signatures appear
    enhanced during sunspot cycle maxima, we conjecture that on annual and
    sub-annual scales both gravitational and electro-magnetic planet-sun
    interactions and internal non-linear feedbacks may be modulating solar
    activity. Gravitational tidal forces should mostly stress spring cycles
    while electro-magnetic forces could be linked to the solar wobbling
    dynamics, and would mostly stress the synodic cycles. The observed
    statistical coherence between the TSI records and the planetary harmonics is
    confirmed by three alternative tests.

    See my web-site for the pdf file

    http://people.duke.edu/~ns2002/pdf/10.1007_s10509-013-1558-3.pdf

  110. tallbloke says:

    Leif Svalgaard says:
    July 30, 2013 at 12:58 am
    if the planets were large and close, due to mutual perturbation of the planets.
    Then the planetary effects would be millions of times large and easy to observe. None seen so far.

    In fact you’re wrong about that. You should keep up with the literature.
    I’m putting up a post in a couple of hours about just that. NASA have just published. Get some sleep and then potter over to the talkshop. :-)

  111. tallbloke says:
    July 30, 2013 at 1:00 am
    As you keep telling us about Penn and Livingstones theory, just because the spots become invisible doesn’t mean there isn’t still a strong magnetic cycle occurring.
    We know max and min for those cycle from cosmic ray data. so you cannot hide behind L&P.

    but if I get around to it, I’ll try out the dataset back to 1610 of your choice.
    Try the group sunspot number augmented with SIDC after 1994. Although the amplitudes before 1885 are wrong, the times of max and min are OK.

  112. tallbloke says:

    Leif Svalgaard says:
    July 30, 2013 at 12:54 am
    tallbloke says:
    July 30, 2013 at 12:48 am
    So far we’ve found data from two exoplanetary systems around other stars which fit the pattern.
    Which ones?

    All in good time Leif.

    Got any good data for us where the periodicities of at least three planets are well enough resolved?
    Slide 18 of http://www.leif.org/research/AGU%20Fall%202011%20SH34B-08.pdf shows a bunch.
    Check publications by Poppenhäger…

    Thanks, you are on the case after all. Maybe you just didn’t spot the implications yet.

  113. tallbloke says:
    July 30, 2013 at 1:06 am
    I’m putting up a post in a couple of hours about just that. NASA have just published
    so you are misunderstanding yet another paper…

  114. tallbloke says:

    Leif Svalgaard says:
    July 30, 2013 at 1:07 am
    tallbloke says:
    July 30, 2013 at 1:00 am
    As you keep telling us about Penn and Livingstones theory, just because the spots become invisible doesn’t mean there isn’t still a strong magnetic cycle occurring.
    We know max and min for those cycle from cosmic ray data. so you cannot hide behind L&P.

    Who’s trying to hide? We’re on a roll!

    As for the bolded if</i, tell you what, you do it, so you can be sure I haven’t fiddled it.
    I have bigger fish to fry at the moment.

  115. tallbloke says:
    July 30, 2013 at 1:12 am
    I have bigger fish to fry at the moment.
    “put up or shut up”

  116. tallbloke says:

    Leif Svalgaard says:
    July 30, 2013 at 1:09 am
    tallbloke says:
    July 30, 2013 at 1:06 am
    I’m putting up a post in a couple of hours about just that. NASA have just published
    so you are misunderstanding yet another paper…

    And you ‘know’ this, even before reading what I have to say.

    That’s known as ‘Blind prejudice’.

    Get some sleep.

    :-)

  117. tallbloke says:

    Leif Svalgaard says:
    July 30, 2013 at 1:14 am
    tallbloke says:
    July 30, 2013 at 1:12 am
    I have bigger fish to fry at the moment.
    “put up or shut up”

    I already did. the data from 1840 is more than enough to prove the point. You are the one wanting a plot from 150 years before the advent of reliable sunspot counts. You “put up or shut up”

    http://tallbloke.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/rotation-solar-windspeed-adjusted.png

    :-)

  118. Richard Vada says:

    There’s a guy Nicola Scafetta whose work doesn’t need a lot of explanation: those lines hitting
    time after
    time after
    boring time,

    explain everything you need to know about how ‘mystical’ this all is. It’s about as ‘mystical’ as at the 20:00 mark when he says ‘this..Black…Line’ and like all real mathematics that has a point, everything lines up without any questions.

    He posted here and I went to his site because I saw his numbers weren’t fake on his paper. I took the dart board approach and found his presentation in English called

    “Solar Activity and Climate – Nicola Scafetta, ACRIM & Duke University
    from Kavli Frontiers of Science Plus 1 year ago /

    Creative Commons License:

    Solar Activity and Climate
    Nicola Scafetta,
    ACRIM & Duke University

    The Cimate Oscillations: Analysis, Implications And Their Astronomical Origin.”

    He makes his projections line up like it’s really supposed to happen when properly weighted physical effects are properly calculated. It’s very simple, and on being told – especially when you see him project out for you the various temperature movements in earth – it’s very clearly intuitive.

    The sun’s internal is fluid. It’s plasma or whatever but the mechanics are those of fluids and when the combined gravitational weights of different entities around the solar system align and disalign, the internal gravitational center of the sun, moves within it. You can’t see it, but the classical effects of a gravity driven fusion furnace operate just like they always did and will and are.

    It’s exTREMEly accurate and Scafetta’s simply not to be compared to most anyone else in his climatic framework, attributive parameters.

    He can’t speak English well and for ‘oscillation’ he says ‘isolation’. For induced he says in-dew-said’ and toward the end when he says ‘heliosphere’ he says ‘AY-lee-ohs-fear’

    If you’re ADHD and are tired of watching weather/climate projection scams cut to 20:00 and watch where he says “this..black…line” and if you wonder whether he can develop this in a way you can understand, – he can. Go back to the start and let him develop his story and it’s plain, unadorned: he decided to check up on the claims of Magic Gassers. He found what they said made no sense so started looking around and found some people claiming what he himself later mathematically isolated.
    Fundamentally there are 1000, 200, *60* hence 30, and 11 hence 22 year, and also a 9/18 year cycle attributable to gravitational presentation of the moon.

    This is all going to be extremely compact and really discounting his English, a nearly flawless presentation. You will be seeing after 28 minutes that anyone who claims they think there’s some big incalculable mystery, just hasn’t paid close enough attention to the REAL people who understand the climate being driven by sun-derived energy pools washing outward from that sun, and that energy influenced by: surprise, the only other really very significant element in the solar system: those gravitationally relevant planetary masses, lining up and spreading out, around the sun.

    If you really wonder if it’s really all that complicated, you need to see Italian Nicola Scafetta, have just 28 minutes of your life. I promise you, you’re just not going to ask for that 28 minutes back: in fact you’re prolly gonna sit there another 10 asking yourself why it is, things like this have to sit on a back burner for years, while people try to proclaim they discovered a giant magic infrared light on in the sky overhead, influencing climate but too small to measure: a heating component supposedly derived from the refrigerant in a frigid, refrigerated gas bath, a warm rock’s spinning at the bottom of.

    Nicola Scafetta has some answers for you. Once you see those answers you’ll realize just what ‘knowing what he’s talking about’ looks and feels like: instead of having to peer into hypothesis which are constantly admitting and being seen not able, to project which way an instrument is going to point.

    Enjoy because I guarantee you, nobody else around the climate field is going to want a competent mathematician so, it’s not like this is going to get picked up and pasted everywhere; although it really should be.

    http://vimeo.com/30120065?iframe=true&width=80%25&height=80%25

  119. tallbloke says:
    July 30, 2013 at 1:16 am
    And you ‘know’ this, even before reading what I have to say.
    Judging from your previous ‘performance’…

  120. HenryC says:

    Willis Eschenbach says:
    The vagaries of the sun, whatever else they might be doing, and whatever they might be related to, do not seem to affect the global surface temperature or the global lower atmospheric temperature in any meaningful way.

    The ~ 11 year solar cycle does not have a particularly blatant or large no-lag temperature effect at its peak or trough. Weather noise and influences like the ENSO mix into likely the “governed, lagged system” aspects you illustrated in another context in your May 25th 2013 volcano article here.* However, more broadly, actually solar/GCR and climate correlation is very blatant in the following, a recently much expanded version of what I’ve posted a few times before, looking directly at appropriate raw data, with source references added:

    http://s18.postimg.org/l3973i6hk/moreadded.jpg

    (Image enlarges on click).

    John Trigge (in Oz) says:
    July 29, 2013 at 2:37 pm
    highly adjusted, homogenised, UHI’d, in-filled, smoothed and distorted temperature ‘data’?

    See the above image link for what happens when looking at some of the right raw data ;), what basically nobody even on WUWT ever has seen.

    ——————–

    *
    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/05/25/stacked-volcanoes-falsify-models/

  121. tallbloke says:
    July 30, 2013 at 1:18 am
    I already did. the data from 1840 is more than enough to prove the point.
    That the match has broken down…

    You are the one wanting a plot from 150 years before the advent of reliable sunspot counts
    The existing record is good enough to show maxima and minima. You are just using the ‘bad data’ excuse again.

  122. tallbloke says:

    Get some sleep Leif.

  123. tallbloke says:
    July 30, 2013 at 1:26 am
    Get some sleep Leif.
    Hey, I’m on a roll!

  124. Henry Clark says:

    Willis Eschenbach said:
    The vagaries of the sun, whatever else they might be doing, and whatever they might be related to, do not seem to affect the global surface temperature or the global lower atmospheric temperature in any meaningful way.

    The ~ 11 year solar cycle does not have a particularly blatant or large no-lag temperature effect at its peak or trough. Weather noise and influences like the ENSO mix into likely the “governed, lagged system” aspects you illustrated in another context in your May 25th 2013 volcano article here.* However, more broadly, actually solar/GCR and climate correlation is very blatant in the following, a recently much expanded version of what I’ve posted a few times before, looking directly at appropriate raw data, with source references added:

    http://s18.postimg.org/l3973i6hk/moreadded.jpg

    (Image enlarges on click).

    John Trigge (in Oz) says:
    July 29, 2013 at 2:37 pm
    highly adjusted, homogenised, UHI’d, in-filled, smoothed and distorted temperature ‘data’?

    See the above image link for what happens when looking at some of the right raw data ;), what basically nobody even on WUWT ever has seen.

    ——————–

    *
    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/05/25/stacked-volcanoes-falsify-models/

  125. Michael Larkin says:

    Thanks for you response, Tallbloke.

  126. Spence_UK says:

    C’mon Willis, is it really worth continuing to say things that are wrong to try and make a point?

    What Fourier can’t do is to recover the sine wave and the sawtooth wave that created the waveform, while periodicity analysis can do that easily.

    The Fourier transform has the advantage of being a linear operator, which allows me to exercise a neat trick:

    FT(sine+sawtooth) = FT(sine) + FT(sawtooth)

    You already know what FT(sine) is, right? And FT(sawtooth) is a simple harmonic series, which is readily identifiable to someone familiar with spectral analysis.

    As for Matthew’s complaint that the harmonic series is a non-parsimonious representation of a simple function, well, Taylor series are also a non-parsimonious representation of a simple function. Yet in the right hands, the Taylor series are immediately recognisable and very powerful tools. Likewise harmonic series. But this is true of *any* spectrum analysis method, including the periodicity transform. Because the information in the data is the same.

  127. Spence_UK says:

    Leif, firstly your Fourier transform plots are terrible. If you want more information, zero pad your dataset prior to performing the transform.

    Secondly, as Bart notes, things like sun spots do not have strict period, but in practice are “noisy” cycles. It would be more appropriate to analyse them with a tool that estimate power spectral density (PSD), like Welch’s method, or the climacogram. The “cycles” you see around the peak are only cycles from a single realisation of the time series derived from the PSD function. They are not “real” or special beyond what the PSD function describes.

    The PSD itself seems to be a spread peak centred around 11 years but then at lower frequencies follows a 1/f type noise pattern, which is what I would expect for a naturally varying complex system.

  128. Tony Mach says:

    Willis: Regarding the “TSI vs. sunspot number” correlation: Is there a difference between “rising flank” and “falling flank” in the solar cycle? Just a thought.

  129. Spence_UK says:
    July 30, 2013 at 1:44 am
    If you want more information, zero pad your dataset prior to performing the transform.
    I always do, but I don’t think you can create information where none exists.

    Secondly, as Bart notes, things like sun spots do not have strict period, but in practice are “noisy” cycles.
    Agreed, but the planetary cycles are much more periodic and that is what people claim to see [e.g. Scafetta, Tallbloke a few comments above]

    They are not “real” or special beyond what the PSD function describes.
    Yet are touted as real by enthusiasts.
    Anyway, a generally accepted and often used frequency analysis is the Lomb-Scargle Periodogram using the Peranso period analysis software (http://www.peranso.com/). Here is a recent paper by Nick Lomb http://www.leif.org/EOS/Lomb-Sunspot-Cycle-Revisited.pdf showing that the side peaks of the 11-yr peak are real and indicate modulation by a long cycle [102 years] just as my crude FFT analyses showed. He states: “the period around 100 years remains with the modulation by this period obvious in a visual examination”. We disagree whether these periods are truly stable and indicate a deep-seated internal clock, but that is a discussion going back many decades and may continue for some more to come.

  130. Tony Mach says:

    One more thing Willis:
    When doing Fourier analysis, the form of the window is important as well. *Any* window type you choose will introduce errors, as you multiply the signal with the window, the Fourier transform will be an combination of signal and window. Choosing what window to use is an science in itself, and needs care and attention.

  131. Tony Mach says:

    And just in case this wasn’t clear: Using “no window” is equal to using an rectangular window, which is usually the worst choice of window for Fourier transforms.

  132. Tony Mach says:

    @ Spence and Leif, regarding the “Zero Padding” discussion:

    Zero padding does not create any information, but it allows you to run a longer FFT, to get a resulting Fourier spectrum with more bins (finer resolution) – this is akin to interpolating in-between values, but should be better than interpolation.

    One application of zero padding is if you want to visually determine the location of a peak in a spectrum. E.g. when the peak lies “between” bins, and 1 or 2 neighbouring bins are almost as high, and you want resolution of higher than 1.0 bins. Or if you want to visually determine the location of peak of a short period signal and are therefore in a region where a unpadded Fourier transformation has relative low resolution. If on the other hand you use a function to estimate the locations of peaks in your spectrum, you don’t need to zero pad.

  133. Tony Mach says:

    @Willis:

    What Fourier can’t do is to recover the sine wave and the sawtooth wave that created the waveform, while periodicity analysis can do that easily.

    Have you tried that with other window types besides rectangular windows?

    What FFT does with a rectangular window, is “loop back” the signal. If the ratio of “period of the signal(s) under analysis” and “total signal length” is not a natural number, then the rectangular window will introduce discontinuity. You use non-rectangular windows to get rid of this discontinuity – but these other window types introduce other errors as a trade off.

  134. Tony Mach says:

    By the way, if you want to do Signal -> Fourier -> Signal transforms: Don’t throw away the phase information from the Fourier analysis.

  135. Tony Mach says:

    And regarding “Again, I’m not anti-Fourier. It’s just that sometimes instead of a saw I want a chisel …

    Willis, what you have basically done is picked up a saw, ignored the saw’s manual, used a wood blade to cut stone, proceeded to cut off one of your fingers, in order to then triumphantly declare the saw to be suppar to a chisel.

    m(

  136. Ulric Lyons says:

    Leif Svalgaard says:
    “Any cycle whatsoever will at various times be in phase with the sunspot ‘cycle’ [like a stopped clock being correct twice a day]. when your tidal cycle [running at a different rate] is 5 years off with respect to the sun it is ‘completely out of phase’. Then, as it goes even more and more out of phase it catches up with the sun and you hail that as success while it actually is a growing failure.”

    Not so for the Earth-Venus-Jupiter syzygy nodes, there is no such long term slip relative to the sunspot cycle.

    “Make the coincidence even more striking by plotting all the data [back to 1610].”

    According to the E-V-J configurations there should be cycle maximum at around 1605 with the same polarity as SC23 (odd numbered).

    tallbloke says:
    “..because the cycle lengths tends to cluster at around 10.38 (VEJ) or 11,86 (J)..”

    The configurations alternate between Earth-Venus conjunctions in line with Jupiter in even numbered cycles to Earth-Venus oppositions in line with Jupiter in odd numbered cycles, Meaning it has to alternate from 6.5 Venus synodic cycles to 7.5 Venus synodic cycles from one cycle to the next. On the short term that would imply lengths of 10.39 and 11.99 yrs, while on the longer term it’s nearer 10.27 and 11.86 years as there is an occasional shorter step to keep the three in sync. If you look where Jupiter is at every even numbered cycle maximum, you’ll see it do a full circle in about seven Hale cycles, which makes it look like the Jupiter orbital period is completely irrelevant from cycle to cycle.

  137. John Wilbye says:

    Anyone got any Excel formulae I can use to explore some other datasets?

  138. Greg Goodman says:

    Leif Svalgaard says: ” Here is a recent paper by Nick Lomb http://www.leif.org/EOS/Lomb-Sunspot-Cycle-Revisited.pdf showing that the side peaks of the 11-yr peak are real and indicate modulation by a long cycle [102 years] just as my crude FFT analyses showed. ”

    Using separation of peaks and interpretting as amplitude modulation is one way that spectral analysis can detect frequencies much longer than the sample. Of course some caution is needed in order not to see every pair of peaks as frequency modulation when this could be a totally spurious conclusion.

    It’s more convincing if there is some residual of the central “carrier” frequency visible too. The symmetry of the triplet being a further indication that it is a true physical amplitude modulation .

    An nice example is Arctic sea area/extent:
    http://climategrog.wordpress.com/?attachment_id=423

    There is a nice symetrical (in frequency) triplet centred of 2.0 years.

    The analysis was done on 2nd differenctial (acceleration) or ice area/extent to make the data more or less “stationary”. When the triplet alone is used to reconstruct a time series it captures a significant amount of the variation. Interestingly it reproduces almost perfectly the “catastrophic” melting of 2007 and also accounts for the reduced variability seen in the time series during the “accelerating melting” that happended between 1997 and 2007, and the larger variability before and after that period.

    http://climategrog.wordpress.com/?attachment_id=216

    Sorry Willis, I do try to have the habit of putting data sourse into all my graphs and thoroughly recommend that practice. I’m really short of time right now. I will try to tidy this up later.

  139. RC Saumarez says:

    I’m afraid that I agree with Spence_UK’s comments.
    There are many other ways of extract shape of a signal from its frequency domain representation than looking at the power spectrum.

    On a more general topic. The HADCRUT data is aliased. See:

    http://judithcurry.com/2011/10/18/does-the-aliasing-beast-feed-the-uncertainty-monster/

    This is a fundamental error that leads to completely unreliable signal processing and spectral analysis.

  140. Spence_UK says:

    @Tony and Leif

    Yes, my apologies, I was a bit frustrated this morning at the errors and misconceptions in this post, and wanted to reply but also needed to leave the house for work, and I was careless in what I typed. As such, I’ve managed to add an error of my own.

    As I explained to Willis further up thread, zero padding performs a (sin x / x) interpolation and does not add information. The point I wanted to convey (but articulated poorly) was that the central frequency of the peak in Leif’s plots was poorly identified without padding, as in the charts he linked.

    I doubt the 102 year cycle is “real”. It may be, but the evidence is pretty thin. The reason being the power spectral density of the solar cycle at that point is very likely 1/f, and people always tend to attribute causality to the lowest frequency peak (which is, in 1/f noise, almost always the largest magnitude). Overintepretation of low frequency peaks in 1/f noise is the number one most common error in climate science. Unfortunately it has become such standard practice most people are unaware they are even doing it.

  141. Bob B says:

    Willis, maybe you could look for cycles in this data;
    http://i35.tinypic.com/2db1d89.jpg

  142. Spence_UK says:

    Just a quick clarification – by “real” in quotes I mean a linearly separable deterministic cycle, as opposed to simply a random component of the 1/f PSD function.

  143. RC Saumarez says:

    Actually I also agree with Tony Mach’s comments.

    Several other points: One cannot take a “Fourier Transform” of real data – it doesn’t exist. One is calculating a discrete Fourier series which has some operations in common with an FT. If you doubt this, what is the Fourier Transform of a sine wave?

    I am struck by the lack of orthogonality and non-uniqueness of the “periodicity transform”. I’m not sure how this affects the interpretation of data.

  144. RC Saumarez says:

    I wrote a guest post about signal processing some months back after being challenged by Eschenbach to put up or shut up.
    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/04/09/correlation-filtering-systems-and-degrees-of-freedom/

    I concluded:
    Modern scripting programs such as “R” allow one to perform many signal processing calculations very easily. The use of these programs lies in not applying them blindly to data but in deciding how to use them appropriately. Speaking from bitter experience, it is very easy to make mistakes in signal processing and it is difficult to recognise them. These mistakes fall into three categories, programming errors, procedural errors in handling the signals and not understanding the theory as well as one should. While modern scripting languages are robust, and may largely eliminate straight programming errors, they most certainly do not protect one from making the others!

    I still think that this is appropriate.

  145. Spence_UK says:

    @RC Saumarez thanks for the link to your article at Judith Curry’s site, it was an enjoyable read after this article :-)

    And for the comments by many (Tony Mach, Bart, etc) who do have a good understanding of signal processing principles.

  146. herkimer says:

    Willis

    Did you look at the CET data . It goes back to 1659. There appears to be a 110 year climate cycle with start of major troughs at 2000, 1890,1780, 1670, 1560. All are around the start of major solar minimums

  147. herkimer says:

    Willis
    I was thinking of this graph for CET. TB has the raw data
    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/05/08/the-curious-case-of-rising-co2-and-falling-temperatures/

  148. Tony Mach says:

    I thought I throw in some general recommendations for doing Fourier transforms, to do something constructive:

    Beware of artefacts introduced by choice of window. What you feed into a FFT is the multiplication of signal and window, and what you get out of the FFT is the convolution of signal and window.
    Using “no window” is equal to using a rectangular window.
    A rectangular window is good for finding a sinusoidal signal in white noise. (While solar cycles are somewhat periodic, they are definitely not sinusoidal – and not actually cyclic! – and I would furthermore speculate that the noise is probably not white. So choice of window might probably matter a lot.)
    Re window choice: Maybe try e.g. a tapered cosine window as a initial choice (because it throws away the least amount of data). IMHO it is prudent to compare this with the results from e.g. a Dolph–Chebyshev window (because of its well formed side lobes).
    A Fourier spectrum is complex. The real part is the magnitude, the imaginary part is the phase. The magnitude is therefore only half of the information from a Fourier analysis. Sometimes looking at only that half is enough. But sometimes it is stupid to throw away the other half of the information. (Analysis of the phase information is certainly more difficult and not as intuitive as magnitude.)

    This is of the top of my head, and I had to translate it from my primary language to English. So this list is most likely incomplete and possibly misleading (due to my translation of words). Caveat user.

    One suggestion I have for analysing solar cycles: calculate a spectrogram.

    Calculating the spectrum for e.g. 40y periods in your dataset. This should ensure that at least two complete solar cycles are in each period, and that you “catch” that 11+/-something cycle length. (Maybe do a second spectrogram with longer/shorter periods than 40y – there is possibly a better choice than 40y for solar cycle data.)
    Start with the most recent period (e.g. 1970 to 2010), then calculate the spectrum for the a preceding 40y period with a 30y overlap, by moving the period back 10y (e.g. 1960 to 2000). (Maybe it is prudent to try out other overlap choices. Good choices for overlap may be 75%, 50%, 25% or 0%. Might depend on choice of window…)
    Repeat until you reach the end of your data set.
    For visual inspection: Plot all 40y Fourier spectra in one spectrogram.
    Estimate the solar cycle length from each 40y Fourier spectrum (possibly best to have a function to do that).
    For visual inspection: Plot that estimate over time. Now you should be able see if/how the solar cycle length changes over time.

  149. Tony Mach says:

    Sorry for reposting, the formatting got lost in my last comment:

    I thought I throw in some general recommendations for doing Fourier transforms:

    - Beware of artifacts introduced by choice of window. What you feed into a FFT is the multiplication of signal and window, and what you get out of the FFT is the convolution of signal and window.

    - Using “no window” is equal to using a rectangular window.

    - A rectangular window is good for finding a sinusoidal signal in white noise. (While solar cycles are somewhat periodic, they are definitely not sinusoidal – and not actually cyclic! – and I would furthermore speculate that the noise is probably not white. So choice of window might probably matter a lot.)

    - Re window choice: Maybe try e.g. a tapered cosine window as a initial choice (because it throws away the least amount of data). IMHO it is prudent to compare this with the results from e.g. a Dolph–Chebyshev window (because of its well formed side lobes).

    - A Fourier spectrum is complex. The real part is the magnitude, the imaginary part is the phase. The magnitude is therefore only half of the information from a Fourier analysis. Sometimes looking at only that half is enough. But sometimes it is stupid to throw away the other half of the information. (Analysis of the phase information is certainly more difficult and not as intuitive as magnitude.)

    This is of the top of my head, and I had to translate it from my primary language to English. So this list is most likely incomplete and possibly misleading (due to my translation of words). Caveat user.

    One suggestion I have for analysing solar cycles: calculate a spectrogram.

    1. Calculating the spectrum for e.g. 40y periods in your dataset. This should ensure that at least two complete solar cycles are in each period, and that you “catch” that 11+/-something cycle length. (Maybe do a second spectrogram with longer/shorter periods than 40y – there is possibly a better choice than 40y for solar cycle data.)

    2. Start with the most recent period (e.g. 1970 to 2010), then calculate the spectrum for the a preceding 40y period with a 30y overlap, by moving the period back 10y (e.g. 1960 to 2000). (Maybe it is prudent to try out other overlap choices. Good choices for overlap may be 75%, 50%, 25% or 0%. Might depend on choice of window…)

    3. Repeat until you reach the end of your data set.

    4. For visual inspection: Plot all 40y Fourier spectra in one spectrogram.

    5. Estimate the solar cycle length from each 40y Fourier spectrum (possibly best to have a function to do that).

    6. For visual inspection: Plot that estimate over time. Now you should be able see if/how the solar cycle length changes over time.

  150. Dr. Lurtz says:

    Hi Willis,

    I am unsure of how and where TSI is measured.
    1) Does TSI just incorporate magnitude or does it include total energy at each frequency?
    2) Previous to the Satellites, TSI was measured on the ground. Is it still measured on the ground? I
    3) I know that now it is measured in space. How and where and what new technique?
    4) Is there a comparison of the ground verses space based measurements?
    5) Why does the enormous increase in high energy UV not show up in the TSI? Is the averaging so sever that the UV signal is “washed out”?

    Thanks,
    Jerry

  151. Spence_UK says:

    Tony, I think your list is good, the only change I would make is your definition of magnitude and phase.

    Magnitude is the RMS of the real and imaginary components, the phase is the four-quadrant arctangent of the real and imaginary components.

  152. tallbloke says:

    Willis says:
    Figure 1 ARIM TSI

    That’s not the ACRIM TSI, That’s the bloody PMOD modeled up nonsense.

    PMOD Data here: http://acrim.com/TSI/composite_d41_62_1204.txt (Willis munged his link)
    ACRIM data here: http://acrim.com/RESULTS/data/composite/acrim_composite_130329_hdr.txt

  153. tallbloke says:

    Ulric Lyons says:
    July 30, 2013 at 3:23 am

    Thanks for your observation Ulric.

  154. RC Saumarez says:

    @Tony Mach.
    Although you say that phase is “more difficult”, it is essential in determining signal properties. Consider a signal with a nominally flat amplitude spectrum. If the phase of each component is zero, the signal is an impulse. If the phase is random, the signal is random. Correlation, which is determining the similarity between signals, depends on the crossed phase spectrum.

    Phase is key to understanding the structure of a signal and has been ignored here. You get non-sinusoidal cycles, eg: a square wave or triangular wave, because the phases of the various components are aligned.

  155. John West says:

    Ian H Australia says:

    “I feel strongly that one needs to work out what each individual solar output component does to the global temp,ETC, as TSI evens out individual components, and is thereby not that useful. We should be seeing how proton, electron, Ultra-Violet, X Rays, Ap, 10.7, etc, etc each individually have on earths various layers of atmosphere, jetstreams, temperature, magnetic effects, other reactions, the differing reactions at poles and differing latitudes, etc, etc. Using a broad brushed TSI is not going to achieve any real detailed meaningful results. And help us that much really in finding all the answers to Solar-Climate-Weather-etc interactions…There is so much out there we need to research and learn.
    However, the problem lies in that most of this solar component data is only very recent!”

    I’m with Ian on this, as Willis has attested there are no reliable cycles in the record to date. This could easily be due to “emergent phenomenon” (phase changes, energy conversions, convection currents, etc., (basically work), etc.); but it also could be partially due to a component of solar output that varies independently of the total. I’ve used this example before: an acid copper plating solution can be working fine or producing scrap at the exact same 500 ppm TOC because there’s some two dozen organic components and the relative quantities matter, too little carrier for the amount of dye (even though the total is the same as when they are balanced) drastically alters the results.

  156. Girma says:

    Willis

    The relationship between sun spot count and global mean temperature is only in the long-term of about 94-years running average as shown:

    http://www.woodfortrees.org/plot/sidc-ssn/mean:1128/normalise/plot/hadcrut4gl/mean:1128/normalise

    The correlation is an extremely strong one.

  157. Ulric Lyons says:

    tallbloke says:
    July 30, 2013 at 6:12 am

    “Thanks for your observation Ulric.”

    In fact it is the shape of the orbit of Jupiter that also effects the timing of the J-E-V syzygy nodes. Jupiter moves from the north node of the ecliptic plane to the south node in close to 4 Venus synods, and from the south node to the north node in close to 3.5 Venus synods. It’s looking like solar cycles with a maximum having the J-E-V syzygies in line with the nodes are more likely the longer ones at around 7 Venus synods.

  158. Steven Mosher says:

    “DirkH says:
    July 29, 2013 at 4:19 pm
    Willis Eschenbach says:
    July 29, 2013 at 3:23 pm
    “The most obvious difference is in the size of the peaks at around 52 years. Again, I suspect the result is because of the “scalpel” technique, but I have no way of demonstrating that.”

    That looks indeed as if the BEST scalpel technique kills the low frequency periodicities. (Mosher’s defense “You’re wrong” doesn’t really cut it. I doubt he understands what he did.)

    1. your wrong in your description of it
    2. you can test whether it impacts the spectral characteristics quite easily.

    You assume that there is low frequency information there, however, the source of that assumption is a data series ( crutem) that is seriously flawed.

  159. HenryP says:

    sorry I am a bit late to the discussion
    and I don’t have the time now to read all comments
    but what I am missing in the post is something like the planetary movements (per their mass?) versus the sunspot counts
    We know SST can be correlated with SSN, but I hope you will see that SSN can be correlated with planetary movement.
    This is what the paper from William Arnold was all about:
    http://www.cyclesresearchinstitute.org/cycles-astronomy/arnold_theory_order.pdf
    My best fit for the drop in maximum temps. shows that around 40 years ago counted from 2012, we reached the maximum speed of warming. All fits (with high correlation) show that in 1995 we turned from warming to cooling (as far as maxima is concerned). The difference between 1995 and 1972 is 23.
    That is one node (of 2 “current” solar cyces) as William Arnold pointed out. William Arnold did not agree with the current use of the half solar cycles. OTOH, he was just out by 5 years but he did not have my data to work with so his beginning and ending could be a bit wrong, for the present. Now, he next node (quarter part of the a-c wave) could be between 22 and 29 years. I am trying to narrow this down from his notes on the planetary movements. Unfortunately I never studied astronomy. I have no clue as to what his dials there mean, Can anyone of you help me out with that? I am sure this is something like the Rosetta stone, but we must get the translations right (of the movements of the planets and their weight i.e. gravitational force, exerted on the sun?)
    If it is 22, we could arrive there in 1995+22= 2017. That (the bottom) would be the beginning of the major drought times for the higher latitudes because there will be less moisture going >[40] and the speed of cooling is constant for a period of time around the bottom of the a-c wave – no acceleration. Already, there should be a noticeable decrease in precipitation on the Great Plains as we are curving down, no doubt currently still being blamed on “man made climate change”.
    (Hoover dam water is lower than normal?).
    So, truly there is and there will be climate change with a major impact on the food production in USA and Canada. It is just not man made…..It is God-made. The planetary system works like an elastic band. lf it was not there we would have runaway warming and /or runaway cooling.
    We must get the date right for the bottom of my curve:
    http://blogs.24.com/henryp/2012/10/02/best-sine-wave-fit-for-the-drop-in-global-maximum-temperatures/

  160. Ulric Lyons says:

    Ulric Lyons says:
    July 30, 2013 at 7:35 am
    Typo.. at around 7.5 Venus synods.

  161. Spence_UK says:
    July 30, 2013 at 4:36 am
    I doubt the 102 year cycle is “real”. It may be, but the evidence is pretty thin.
    The strongest evidence is the data itself: http://sidc.be/sunspot-index-graphics/wolfaml.php with low cycles every ~100+ years. Now, I don’t think there is a real cycle in the sense that there is a periodic physical process that gives rise to the longer-term variation, but for the last three hundred years there is a clear 100-yr variation which could be just a random fluctuation, but it is in the data, so must produce side lobes on the 11-yr peak.

    Dr. Lurtz says:
    July 30, 2013 at 5:48 am
    1) Does TSI just incorporate magnitude or does it include total energy at each frequency?
    TSI is the Total of all energy at all frequencies

    2) Previous to the Satellites, TSI was measured on the ground. Is it still measured on the ground?
    Not in its usual form, although there are measurements of atmospheric attenuation.

    3) I know that now it is measured in space. How and where and what new technique?
    On satellites high above the atmosphere. One is a million miles away, another just a few thousand. To measure TSI you simply let raw sunlight fall upon a black surface and measure the resulting heating. In principle this is as simple as it can be. In practice it is a lot more complicated, but still straightforward: sunlight is let into the instrument through a small hole the area of which is known with high accuracy. Then the light is absorbed by a black surface in form of a cone. The cone is wound by an electrical wire through which a current flows. The current heats the cone to maintain a constant temperature. The amount of current necessary to keep the temperature constant is measured accurately and is a measure of the energy absorbed. The instrument is calibrated on the ground before launch so that we know what current to expect for a given incoming radiation flux.

    4) Is there a comparison of the ground verses space based measurements?
    No, the space based measurements are so much more precise.

    5) Why does the enormous increase in high energy UV not show up in the TSI?
    Because there is no ‘enormous increase’ in energy received. There is high variability of extreme UV, but the total energy at those wavelengths is very small.

    tallbloke says:
    July 30, 2013 at 6:10 am
    That’s not the ACRIM TSI, That’s the bloody PMOD modeled up nonsense.
    Which is fine as ACRIM has severe problems [e.g. a spurious yearly variation]. PMOD has problems too, but is generally better than ACRIM. For Willis plot it makes no real difference which is used.

  162. vukcevic says:

    Great post from Willis, it will take some time to get it in either from the article or the additional comments.
    Lot of other stuff worth attention and some not so, where my comment will end up depends on, as always who is judging.

    - Average solar output varies over centuries, so is the temperature, need to be compared over similar period (some temperature lag is likely)
    - For some time now I have concluded that it is not so much sunspot cycle direct intensity or the TSI, but the energetic events (CMEs) that are the ones to have effect on the natural climate change

    Geomagnetic measurements combine both solar and the Earth’s magnetic field variability. I have shown elsewhere that these measurement do give a good correlation with the natural temperature variability.
    Now we have one more indicator of the geomagnetic activity (sun-Earth) in form of the Danish aurora records.
    And what do they show?
    You can see here:
    http://www.vukcevic.talktalk.net/AuGTs.htm
    Well, to me it looks pretty conclusive, no ‘cyclo-hypertension’ here, very little response at SC but lot more at les known Hale Cycle.
    Dr. S. may dismiss the above, since he is only half correct (on 11yr) and half wrong (Hale Cycle), but then he insists on always being correct
    Total number of hits at my web-graphs at this moment is 199196 ; at 200k would be good time to take a break, and give Dr. S and many others a bit of a rest.
    Thanks all

  163. Greg says:

    RC Saumarez says: On a more general topic. The HADCRUT data is aliased. See:
    http://judithcurry.com/2011/10/18/does-the-aliasing-beast-feed-the-uncertainty-monster/

    Excellent demonstration of the effect. I had not seen that article.

    Averaging is a valid means of reducing _random_ (gaussian distributed) noise but is NOT valid processing in the presense (or possible presence if you have not even thought to check) of periodic or pseudo periodic variations.

    The ubiquetous practice in climate science of taking monthly averages without any attempt at anti-alias filtering has its rooting in two things:

    1) ignorance of proper data processing techniques.
    2) ignorance of proper data processing techniques.
    3) the abritrary and spurious assumption that anything that is not due to AGW is “random” noise.

    Well OK, that’s three: I forgot the second one.

  164. Willis Eschenbach says:

    Kasuha says:
    July 29, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    “So if the sunspots (or anything associated with them, TSI or cosmic rays) has a significant effect on global temperatures, we would see it in the satellite temperatures.”

    I can clearly see that temperatures go the cooler the higher the sunspot number is. With all other effects affecting the Earth temperature, it may be even significant. And that’s just the first order effect, without delays or without analysing rates of change.

    Ummmm … have you looked at the scale on Figure 12? Less than a tenth of a degree over the range of sunspot numbers, and it’s going (if anything) in the opposite direction to that claimed by the “it’s the sun, stupid” crowd.

    As to your claim that “it may even be significant” in affecting the earth’s temperature, it’s not even significantly affecting just the troposphere. As I noted in the head post, the relationship is far from significant (from memory the p value is on the order of 0.3) …

    w.

  165. tallbloke says:

    Leif Svalgaard says:
    July 30, 2013 at 8:28 am

    tallbloke says:
    July 30, 2013 at 6:10 am
    That’s not the ACRIM TSI, That’s the bloody PMOD modeled up nonsense.

    Which is fine….
    ….it makes no real difference

    It’s fine we’re told one dataset is being used when in fact a totally different dataset is being used? Ohhh, “it doesn’t matter”. Riiiight.

  166. Greg says:

    vukcevic says: “Total number of hits at my web-graphs at this moment is 199196 ; at 200k would be good time to take a break”

    200k would be a good time to start documenting what you are trying to show and all your vaugely labelled graphs. That would give other the chance to check what you are putting forward and asses whether it has any merit.

    The particular link you give is fine example it just says “global temperature”. It’s anyone’s guess what data you’re using.

    A source for the “Danish Aurora Data” would be a plus.

    You’ve been banging out this stuff for over ten years now. It’s well over due that you turn it into something reproducible and verifyable. ( IMHO )

  167. tallbloke says:
    July 30, 2013 at 9:20 am
    It’s fine we’re told one dataset is being used when in fact a totally different dataset is being used? Ohhh, “it doesn’t matter”. Riiiight.
    Right! As the graph would look very much the same [you couldn't tell the difference - except ACRIM would have a bit more noise].

  168. RC Saumarez says:

    I’m sorry but I think that this post is complete rubbish because you have use a technique, which you don’t understand, improperly to test a hypothesis that is ameanable to straightforward analysis.

    You use “periodicity transform” to look for cycles in sunspot data and then try to relate this to temperature by forming periodicty analysis of temperature records. You conclude that there is no relationship between sunspot cycles and temperature(s).

    What you appear to be saying that there is no linear correlation between sunspots and temperature. In this case, why on Earth did you not use standard signal processing correlation techniques to establish this? At least people with a signal processing background might take the analysis seriously and have some confidence that it was correct.

  169. Wyatt says:

    Maybe I’m going to get slammed here, but I’m going to try anyway: since our observation point moves every day should the time series be adjusted for the difference?

  170. Greg says:

    Spence says: “Magnitude is the RMS of the real and imaginary components”

    No it’s not. There’s no mean.
    If you’re going to correct someone, it’s best to be correct.

  171. Carrick Talmadge says:

    Steven Mosher:

    You assume that there is low frequency information there, however, the source of that assumption is a data series ( crutem) that is seriously flawed.

    Actually, there is low frequency information in BEST too–it shows a peak around 60 years, and the amplitude is very similar to what is seem using CRUTEM3.

  172. John West says:

    Leif Svalgaard says:

    Dr. Lurtz says:
    5) Why does the enormous increase in high energy UV not show up in the TSI?

    ”Because there is no ‘enormous increase’ in energy received. There is high variability of extreme UV, but the total energy at those wavelengths is very small.

    But that doesn’t take into account the varying quality of energy. An amount of UV can split O2, cause sunburn, power photosynthesis, etc. but no amount of IR can do any of those things. WUWT?

  173. tallbloke says:

    Ulric Lyons says:
    July 30, 2013 at 8:22 am

    Thanks again Ulric, food for thought. Ian Wilson sent me something very interesting today related. I’ll pass your obs on to him.

  174. Konrad says:

    tallbloke says:
    July 30, 2013 at 9:20 am
    ———————————————————————————————-
    Here’s a solution to the solar planetary problem. Put your finger on a plasma ball. Orbit your finger around the glass. Stop thinking about gravity. Start thinking FTE

    Venus, Earth, Jupiter? Try re-running the numbers for Mercury, Earth, Jupiter. These are the only planets for which flux transfer events have been observed.

    The only way for solar tidal (gravity) hypothesis to work would be for the pioneer anomaly to have verified the push gravity hypothesis and the sun to have an iron core. Leif’s head could explode. Best to keep with the less messy options ;)

  175. Greg says:

    Mosh’ says: 2. you can test whether it impacts the spectral characteristics quite easily.

    How so? This was the first thing I wanted to do when they did the first public release. But I gave up on BEST as unverifiable / untestable a long time ago since they only provided data in such a massive file that you needed a main-frame computer just to load it.

    If it’s “quite easy” presumably someone within the team has already done it as part of basic QA. Where can I find the results?

    Thanks.

  176. Carrick says:

    RC Saumarez:

    What you appear to be saying that there is no linear correlation between sunspots and temperature. In this case, why on Earth did you not use standard signal processing correlation techniques to establish this?

    Why don’t you do this and tell us what you find?

    At least people with a signal processing background might take the analysis seriously and have some confidence that it was correct.

    I have a signal processing background, I took it seriously, but I’m more interested in the methodology than the conclusions . You are right though that I would expect a comparison of several different methods, not just one, before I took the results seriously. Of course Mann made the same mistake in relying on the re-statistic and not reporting other metrics such as r2.

    Unlike with Mann, which was a peer reviewed publication and considered part of the permanent record—this is a blog post, expected to be exploratory in nature, and should not be assume to be “permanent” in any sense. (Blogs end, data bases get corrupted, etc.)

  177. Carrick says:

    Greg:

    How so? This was the first thing I wanted to do when they did the first public release. But I gave up on BEST as unverifiable / untestable a long time ago since they only provided data in such a massive file that you needed a main-frame computer just to load it.

    ???

    What computer are you trying to load it on, that it fails?

    I assume something more modern than an Apple ][.

  178. vukcevic says:

    Greg says:
    July 30, 2013 at 9:32 am
    ….
    Hi Greg
    Thanks for your lucid observations. Well I had few years break in between. It is a hobby that I do not take too seriously, no one is particularly convinced anyway. If someone is interested to pursue in a further a bit of effort may be required. On two or three occasions I was asked by JC to write a post for her blog, but I declined her kind invitations.
    BTW. Temps here
    http://www.vukcevic.talktalk.net/AuGTs.htm
    are from hadcru3. Dr.S is source of the aurora data.

  179. John West says:
    July 30, 2013 at 9:54 am
    but no amount of IR can do any of those things. WUWT?
    It is mainly the IR that heats the Earth…

    tallbloke says:
    July 30, 2013 at 9:51 am
    http://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2013/07/30/poppenhaeger-hd-189733a-has-been-tidally-influenced-by-the-hot-jupiter/
    As I predicted, you misunderstood this paper too. Very early in the life of a star there is a coupling [not tidal but magnetic] between its stellar wind and the newly forming protoplanets. It is that mechanism, Poppenhaeger is taking about being disturbed by tidal effects back then. Not planets controlling stellar magnetic activity today. As she points out: “We can therefore exclude a stellar activity cycle to be the cause for the disagreement in activity levels”. From another recent paper of hers: “We conclude that there is no detectable influence of planets on their host stars”.

  180. RC Saumarez says:

    @Carrick

    You are a signal processer and you take this seriously :
    • “I’ve used the Periodicity Transform to look at the sunspot record, both daily and monthly. In both cases we find the same cycles, at ~ 10 years, ~ 11 years, and ~ 11 years 10 months. Unfortunately when the data is split in half, those cycles disappear and other cycles appear in their stead. Nature wins again.” ?

    The last “signal processing” post by Mr Eschenbach on filtering and degrees of freedom also lacked a certain amount of DSP and statistical skill. I remarked that this was the case and was given a similar challenge. I responded by writing a very basic guest post:

    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/04/09/correlation-filtering-systems-and-degrees-of-freedom/

    If someone presents himself as a guru on “one of the most influentual resources on global warming” (see top), I think that better than this is required. I have explained in the above post how correlation works – it seems a pity that Mr Eschenbach did not read the post that he provoked.

    I commend the last paragraph of this post to you.

  181. HenryP says:

    It is mainly the IR that heats the Earth… said Leif
    I don’t think so:
    the data
    http://blogs.24.com/henryp/2013/02/21/henrys-pool-tables-on-global-warmingcooling/
    shows that most heat is coming into earth via the SH oceans
    (if you would actually take the time to study them)
    and IR does not heat the water, that much…
    It is the SW sunlight that heats the oceans. How else do you explain the existence of clouds and weather?
    The point is that although UV seems cold to the skin, it still burns after exposure, does it not?
    So also with the water. The water has to absorb the UV and in the end it has to covert that UV to heat,
    since water absorbs in the UV region/.

    You can actually observe this phenomena if you swim in a pool of water unstirred by convection or wind and heated by the sun for a day. There are several layers of warm water…. why?

  182. Spence_UK says:

    Spence says: “Magnitude is the RMS of the real and imaginary components”

    No it’s not. There’s no mean.
    If you’re going to correct someone, it’s best to be correct.

    Hmm. It appears that I made another silly typo. Should have been “RSS” instead of “RMS”. Thank you for picking that up.

    I will have to bow to your apparent infallibility that means you never make such mistakes when making corrections.

  183. Carrick says:

    RC Saumarez, thanks for the link. I’ll parse it, may get a chance to respond, may not, depends on RL conditions.

    I was ‘passing through’ today and often miss posts…. As to lagged-correlational studies, you might be interested in this.

    I don’t think Willis would claim to be “guru”, but I’ll let him speak for himself. as I’m not particularly interested in food throwing exercises myself.

  184. Neill says:

    So then is the lack of Little Ice Age sunspots merely a coincidence? (apologies if this has already been covered)

  185. HenryP says:
    July 30, 2013 at 10:53 am
    “It is mainly the IR that heats the Earth… ”
    I don’t think so

    Half of the incoming radiation is IR. That energy does not just disappear, hence contributes greatly to heating the surface and the air [land and water].

  186. Spence_UK says:

    Leif says:

    The strongest evidence is the data itself: http://sidc.be/sunspot-index-graphics/wolfaml.php with low cycles every ~100+ years. Now, I don’t think there is a real cycle in the sense that there is a periodic physical process that gives rise to the longer-term variation, but for the last three hundred years there is a clear 100-yr variation which could be just a random fluctuation, but it is in the data, so must produce side lobes on the 11-yr peak.

    Yes, when I said “real” I was referring to a linearly separable deterministic (physical) process. As you note, I agree the fluctuation is present in the data, but it looks impossible to distinguish from a 1/f noise process, which is likely to be present judging by other low frequency peaks.

  187. Matthew R Marler says:

    Nicola Scafetta: It is evident to me that Anthony and Willis are behaving quite dishonestly by trying to defame my research.

    Please! That is absurd. Willis is critiquing your research and presenting an alternative method for exploring possible periodicities in the data.

  188. Spence_UK says:
    July 30, 2013 at 11:13 am
    As you note, I agree the fluctuation is present in the data, but it looks impossible to distinguish from a 1/f noise process
    The issue was [still is] whether such a fluctuation is present in the data [it is]. If the fluctuation would generate side lobes on the 11-yr sunspot cycle [it does]. If simple FFT could detect that [it can]. If the ‘side lobes’ are due to planets [they aren't].

  189. Matthew R Marler says:

    Leif Svalgaard: It is mainly the IR that heats the Earth…

    Do you have a reference for that? Are you distinguishing between the relatively long wave IR and the relatively short wave IR? All my other references say that the earth is warmed by the full visible spectrum of incoming radiation.

  190. Anthony Watts says:

    What Matthew R. Marler said. Exploring an alternate method isn’t defamation.

  191. tallbloke says:

    Konrad says:
    July 30, 2013 at 9:56 am
    Try re-running the numbers for Mercury, Earth, Jupiter. These are the only planets for which flux transfer events have been observed.

    Saturn exhibit’s aurorae and has a hexagonal shaped torus of cloud near the poles…

    The only way for solar tidal (gravity) hypothesis to work would be for the pioneer anomaly to have verified the push gravity hypothesis and the sun to have an iron core. Leif’s head could explode. Best to keep with the less messy options ;)

    Ray Tomes relativistic matter/energy conversion theory is still in play. That would cause differential gravitational pull from the gas giants in the z-axis over many years rather than cancelling per solar rotation as the x-y plane does.

    http://tallbloke.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/ssbz-ssbr-ssn.png

    And getting back on topic, the FFT of the z-axis data better matches the sunspot FFT

  192. Matthew R Marler says:

    Tony Mach: Zero padding does not create any information, but it allows you to run a longer FFT, to get a resulting Fourier spectrum with more bins (finer resolution) – this is akin to interpolating in-between values, but should be better than interpolation.

    Zero Padding does not create “information”. Zero padding adds bias to the estimates. Zero padding creates 0s in the parts of the series that, had they been measured, would almost surely have been non-zero. It is done for no other reason than to use a technique which would have good properties had there been no need for the 0 padding.

  193. lgl says:

    Leif
    but it is in the data, so must produce side lobes on the 11-yr peak.

    The ~100 yrs ‘cycle’ is a result of rectifying the Hale cycle, it’s not real. What we are observing is mainly the beat of 10 and 11 yrs (and 9*11.8yrs =106 yrs). http://virakkraft.com/SunspotFFT.jpg

  194. tallbloke says:

    Anthony Watts says:
    July 30, 2013 at 11:27 am
    What Matthew R. Marler said. Exploring an alternate method isn’t defamation.

    If someone searches for a needle in a haystack with a pitchfork and fails to find it, and then declares the needle doesn’t exist, and calls the people who found it using a magnet cyclomaniacs, it might not be defamatory, but it does make them look stupid.

  195. Spence_UK says:

    Leif, your focus is on the sidelobes, which is not the same thing I am interested in (I already understand where they come from, thanks to your explanation). The 1/f noise is more interesting in itself. It has many consequences, many counter-intuitive, and it behaves quite differently to “conventional” noise processes (white/iid, autoregressive). The physics of what causes such processes to arise is an interesting area.

  196. Bart says:

    Spence_UK says:
    July 30, 2013 at 4:36 am

    “I doubt the 102 year cycle is “real”.”

    You and I are sympatico in most regards, however here, you are missing the fact that the 131 year beat modulation is evident in the time series plot.

    At the root, there are two fundamental processes with central periods near T1 = 20 and T2 = 23.6 years. Let

    x(t) = A*sin((2*pi/20)*t) + B*sin((2*pi/23.6)*t+phi)

    Squaring this, get

    x(t)^2 = A^2*sin((2*pi/20)*t)^2 + B^2*sin((2*pi/23.6)*t+phi)^2 + 2*A*B*sin((2*pi/20)*t)*sin((2*pi/23.6)*t+phi)

    Use your trig identities to get

    x(t)^2 = (A^2+B^2)/2 – A^2/2 * cos((2*pi/(20/2))*t+phi/2) – B^2/2 * cos((2*pi/(23.6/2))*t) + A*B*cos((2*pi*(1/20+1/23.6))*t+phi) – A*B*cos((2*pi*(1/20-1/23.6))*t-phi)

    so, we see resulting periods of 20/2 = 10 years, 23.8/2 = 11.8 years, 1/(1/20+1/23.6) = 10.8 years and (1/20-1/23.6) = 131 years.

    The Sunspot data is a magnitude function, basically the square root of this. That operation produces other harmonics, but these are the major ones. As I have shown, the Sunspot behavior can be qualitatively replicated with this type of model.

    The important thing is, this all comes about because of fundamental processes at about 20 and 23.6 years. This is basically how long it takes for the Sun to return to a recurring state of magnetic polarity. So, besides the weak coupling I would expect, that makes me additionally leery of making a connection with astronomical phenomena having periods of about 11 years. It is periods of more like 20 and 23.6 years which would need to be matched.

    RC Saumarez says:
    July 30, 2013 at 4:26 am

    “This is a fundamental error that leads to completely unreliable signal processing and spectral analysis.”

    Not necessarily. It depends on what components are in the data. One of the reasons that simple “boxcar” filtering (averaging with full-width, back-to-back decimation) is extensively used for data collection and compression is that the zeros of the transfer function line up such that there is no aliasing to dc, and frequencies which would alias to near dc are severely attenuated. Some analysts at the top labs like to use a triangular weighting with half-width decimation, because there, also, the zeros fall precisely such that there is no aliasing to dc (because a triangular weighting is the convolution of two averages – for that reason, the envelope of the response falls off at a more rapid -40 dB/decade instead of the -20 dB/decade of the single average). The frequencies near dc are generally those with which we are most concerned.

  197. Matthew R Marler says:
    July 30, 2013 at 11:26 am
    Leif Svalgaard: It is mainly the IR that heats the Earth…
    Do you have a reference for that?

    Does one need a reference?

    All my other references say that the earth is warmed by the full visible spectrum of incoming radiation.
    If you omit ‘visible’ I would agree. The ‘invisible’ part is half of all the energy. That energy does not just disappear. My comment was actually related to whether it was UV or IR that heat the Earth.

  198. lgl says:

    Leif

    Another problem with your modulation pseudoscience. In AM the side bands are identical. The 10, 11, 11.8 are not.

  199. Bart says:

    I have another post in the queue – probably because of equations and multiple links.

    Matthew R Marler says:
    July 30, 2013 at 11:39 am

    No. Zero padding does nothing more than more frequently sample the continuous-in-frequency Fourier Transform. It is not intuitive. You need to do the math.

  200. Spence_UK says:
    July 30, 2013 at 11:42 am
    Leif, your focus is on the sidelobes, which is not the same thing I am interested in (I already understand where they come from, thanks to your explanation).

    Contrast that with the following nonsense:

    lgl says:
    July 30, 2013 at 11:40 am
    The ~100 yrs ‘cycle’ is a result of rectifying the Hale cycle, it’s not real. What we are observing is mainly the beat of 10 and 11 yrs (and 9*11.8yrs =106 yrs).

  201. Bart says:

    lgl says:
    July 30, 2013 at 11:47 am

    The reason should become apparent when my queued post appears.

  202. Bart says:

    Leif Svalgaard says:
    July 30, 2013 at 11:49 am

    “Contrast that with the following nonsense:”

    He is correct to an extent. It is a result of rectifying the Hale cycle. However, it is quite real.

  203. Matthew R Marler says:

    Spence_UK: As for Matthew’s complaint that the harmonic series is a non-parsimonious representation of a simple function,

    Is that a complaint? I’d say it’s just a fact that needs to be taken into account when choosing between alternative representations (and explorations) of a time series. You can certainly do an FFT on a time series that has a sawtooth curve, but it’s hard to compute from the coefficients what the starting, ending, and inflection points are, as well as the slopes of the teeth. You’d be better off, if you suspect a sawtooth to be the true shape of the signal, to perform piece-wise linear regression with non-linear estimation of the change-points. Certainly not as fast as an FFT, but at least you’d know the shape of the curve from the coefficients, which is sometimes what you want to know.

  204. tallbloke says:

    Leif Svalgaard says:
    July 30, 2013 at 10:11 am
    tallbloke says:
    July 30, 2013 at 9:51 am
    http://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2013/07/30/poppenhaeger-hd-189733a-has-been-tidally-influenced-by-the-hot-jupiter/

    Thanks for reposting the link Leif. Rather than argue with you here on Willis’ stats thread, I’ll let others follow the link, download the paper, read for themselves, and decide for themselves. Or they can take your word for it, their call.

  205. tallbloke says:
    July 30, 2013 at 11:54 am
    I’ll let others follow the link, download the paper, read for themselves
    They [and you] should also read:
    http://hea-www.harvard.edu/~kpoppen/papers/Poppenhaeger_Correlation.pdf
    “We conclude that there is no detectable influence of planets on their host stars”

  206. tallbloke says:

    http://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2013/07/30/poppenhaeger-hd-189733a-has-been-tidally-influenced-by-the-hot-jupiter/

    though it is worth quoting the author:

    This star is not acting its age, and having a big planet as a companion may be the explanation. It’s possible this hot Jupiter is keeping the star’s rotation and magnetic activity high because of tidal forces, making it behave in some ways like a much younger star.

    See that use of the present tense there Leif?

  207. tallbloke says:

    Leif Svalgaard says:
    July 30, 2013 at 11:59 am
    tallbloke says:
    July 30, 2013 at 11:54 am
    http://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2013/07/30/poppenhaeger-hd-189733a-has-been-tidally-influenced-by-the-hot-jupiter/
    I’ll let others follow the link, download the paper, read for themselves

    They [and you] should also read:
    http://hea-www.harvard.edu/~kpoppen/papers/Poppenhaeger_Correlation.pdf
    “We conclude that there is no detectable influence of planets on their host stars”

    That’s an earlier paper Leif.
    Some scientists have the integrity to admit they may have been wrong and change their minds.
    e.g.
    Charbonneau 2003 “The planetary theory is dead”
    Charbonneau 2013 “This is not astrology, it is science”

  208. tallbloke says:
    July 30, 2013 at 12:06 pm
    It’s possible this hot Jupiter is keeping the star’s rotation and magnetic activity high because of tidal forces
    Strong tidal forces can brake rotation [Moon on Earth] or even lead to tidal locking [many examples of that] and since rotation is implicated in generating stellar activity there could be a link there in a general sense. Nobody disputes that. The issue is whether the stellar cycles are synchronized with the orbital period of the planet and that does not seem to be the case, at least no examples have been found. But it seems you think you have found a straw to grasp at.

  209. tallbloke says:
    July 30, 2013 at 12:11 pm
    That’s an earlier paper Leif. Some scientists have the integrity to admit they may have been wrong and change their minds.
    The data from the paper stands. This is not about to changing her mind. Or admitting to be wrong.

    Charbonneau 2013 “This is not astrology, it is science”
    Even Charbonneau has not changed his mind: “It may all turn out to be wrong in the end, but this is definitely not astrology”. He says that the theory is testable and therefore qualifies as science, is all.

  210. tallbloke says:

    Leif Svalgaard says:
    July 30, 2013 at 12:15 pm
    Strong tidal forces can brake rotation [Moon on Earth] or even lead to tidal locking [many examples of that] and since rotation is implicated in generating stellar activity there could be a link there in a general sense. Nobody disputes that. The issue is whether the stellar cycles are synchronized with the orbital period of the planet and that does not seem to be the case, at least no examples have been found. But it seems you think you have found a straw to grasp at.

    The interplay of several big and several close planets in the solar system produces exactly the frequencies found in properly done spectrographic analyses of the sunspot record. There is some straw grasping (and mud flinging) going on, but it’s not me that’s doing it.

  211. ralfellis says:

    Leif Svalgaard says: July 30, 2013 at 1:22 am
    tallbloke says: July 30, 2013 at 1:18 am
    I already did. the data from 1840 is more than enough to prove the point.
    That the match has broken down…
    ________________________________

    Leif,

    Tallbloke posted a graph of his ‘planetary index’ closely following the SSN for 150 years, but you have not explained why you disagree with this graph. Are you saying this close match is coincidence? Do you disagree with the data? Why would there be such a close match, if there was no link between the two?

    and…

    Tallbloke,

    Can you explain how your planetary index is calculated (from the orbits of the main planets). In what way does the PI effect the Sun – is this the business of swinging the Sun around its barycenter?

    Thanks,
    Ralph

  212. tallbloke says:
    July 30, 2013 at 12:06 pm
    though it is worth quoting the author
    What she actually said was:
    “it a more likely possibility that the stellar angular momentum of HD 189733A has been tidally influenced by the Hot Jupiter, which has inhibited the stellar spin-down enough to enable the star to maintain the relatively high magnetic activity we observe today”

    This is a has been scenario in the distant past [as the stellar spin-downs take place at the beginning of the life of the star]. One can trust you to misinterpret this.

    tallbloke says:
    July 30, 2013 at 12:23 pm
    There is some straw grasping (and mud flinging) going on, but it’s not me that’s doing it.
    You mean there are other poor souls out there grasping at other sun-planet straws? Perhaps some have already posted here.

  213. tallbloke says:

    Leif Svalgaard says:
    July 30, 2013 at 12:19 pm
    tallbloke says:
    July 30, 2013 at 12:11 pm
    That’s an earlier paper Leif. Some scientists have the integrity to admit they may have been wrong and change their minds.
    The data from the paper stands. This is not about to changing her mind. Or admitting to be wrong.

    You can’t have your cake and eat it Leif, if you want to claim data from the earlier paper on a different star system falsifies the later paper, then I can equally validly claim the conclusion from the later paper supercedes the earlier.

    Charbonneau 2013 “This is not astrology, it is science”
    Even Charbonneau has not changed his mind: “It may all turn out to be wrong in the end, but this is definitely not astrology”. He says that the theory is testable and therefore qualifies as science, is all.

    “Is all”

    Heh. After all the years of mud flinging, namecalling and denial of the possibility of planetary feedbacks to the Sun from you, that’s a good one.

    Of course he has changed his mind. In 2003 he declared the theory dead. Now he’s excited.

  214. ralfellis says:
    July 30, 2013 at 12:33 pm
    Tallbloke posted a graph of his ‘planetary index’ closely following the SSN for 150 years, but you have not explained why you disagree with this graph
    I pointed out that the ‘close’ match [which is not that close to begin with, IMHO] has broken down for the last cycle. This often happens for spurious correlations. I asked him to extend the graph on the left [we have 400 years of SSN] but he claims to be too busy and doesn’t have time for that…

  215. HenryP says:

    bart says
    It is periods of more like 20 and 23.6 years which would need to be matched.
    henry says
    we agree!
    so do you know which is the exact time for the period starting 1995?http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/07/29/cycles-without-the-mania/#comment-1375260

  216. RC Saumarez says:

    @Bart,
    The “boxcar” averaging and decimation does cause significant aliasing when taken in the context of the variability of a temperature signal, simply because the decimation reflects daily data around the Nyquist frequency of 1/(2 weeks). Simulations show that this produces spurious trends that are significant in climatic terms i,.e.: 0.3 degrees over a 30 year period.
    See the link.

  217. tallbloke says:

    ralfellis says:
    July 30, 2013 at 12:33 pm
    Tallbloke,

    Can you explain how your planetary index is calculated (from the orbits of the main planets). In what way does the PI effect the Sun – is this the business of swinging the Sun around its barycenter?

    Thanks,
    Ralph

    Hi Ralph and thanks for your interest.The planetary index is calculated as specified by NASA scientist Ching Cheh Hung in his 2007 paper ‘Apparent Relations Between Solar Activity and Solar Tides’
    ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/20070025111_2007025207.pdf‎
    The title of which informs you that it is tidally based.

    However, I took a novel approach on the hunch that the relationship may have more to do with electromagnetism. which is about a million-zillion times stronger than gravity. So I recalculated the alignments along the Parker spiral, and factored in the changing speed of the solar wind using Leif’s admirable reconstruction, supplemented by another study which went back to 1840.

    This is why I’m reluctant to be bullied by Leif into trying to use a solar activity dataset back to 1610. Partly because although the auroral records give a reasonably good idea of when the peak of the cycles occurred, the minima are much vaguer. And partly because we have no idea of the solar wind speed at this earlier epoch. I’ve done the best I can to work faithfully to the scientific method, and I think it’s unfair of Leif to demand more.

  218. tallbloke says:

    Leif Svalgaard says:
    July 30, 2013 at 12:47 pm
    ralfellis says:
    July 30, 2013 at 12:33 pm
    Tallbloke posted a graph of his ‘planetary index’ closely following the SSN for 150 years, but you have not explained why you disagree with this graph
    I pointed out that the ‘close’ match [which is not that close to begin with, IMHO] has broken down for the last cycle.

    Actually it hasn’t. Solar cycle 24 has (for the time being at least) died right on the planetary index cue. It may start up again in a couple of years and give us a ‘double peak’ cycle. Or there may be an odd ‘mini cycle’. It depends how the bigwigs choose to define it. Either way, that would be the icing on the cake for me.

  219. tallbloke says:

    Here’s the link to the plot again, for anyone who wants to keep and eye on its progress
    http://tallbloke.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/rotation-solar-windspeed-adjusted.png

  220. Greg says:

    lgl says “…(and 9*11.8yrs =106 yrs).”

    The presence of a strong 9 year cycle confounding attempts to identify a simplistic correlation between SSN and global temps was one of the main points of my article here:

    http://climategrog.wordpress.com/2013/03/01/61/

    This is the same 9 year cycle N. Scafetta identified as being due to the influence of the moon on Earth’s orbit around the sun and the same same one Judith Curry and BEST team identified in the land record recently.

  221. vukcevic says:

    Dr. S’ recent conversion to 100 year cycle is somewhat ‘disturbing’.
    Let me help out to good old doc : there is no 100 fundamental as you can see here it is simply cross modulation of two other periodicity.
    http://www.vukcevic.talktalk.net/LFC4.htm
    We can safely assume that since it casts back with sudden reduction in length into the Maunder Minimum.
    Average length since 1700 between two zero crossings is 52,5 years, giving an average length of 105 years.
    Where two periodicity come from, one could produce at least half dozen planetary combination for each, or it may be something to do with solar internal workings.
    It is well known fact that solar magnetic field has a pronounced bulge (discovered by young Svalgaard and his colleagues) written about by Dr. J. Feynman, which slowely drifts longintudinaly
    http://www.vukcevic.talktalk.net/LFC7.htm
    I would expect Dr. S to concentrate on the proper solar science rather than straining in the spurious harmonics of irregular centennial oscillation proclaiming it to be a fundamental. The lobes that Dr. S is so keen may be just irrelevant noise.
    Year is strictly a local metric and 100 is a human invention, I don’t think sun cares much about either.

  222. tallbloke says:

    Leif Svalgaard says:
    July 30, 2013 at 12:47 pm
    I pointed out that the ‘close’ match [which is not that close to begin with, IMHO]…

    Well it’s your solar wind speed reconstruction, not mine. ;-)

  223. lgl says:

    Bart

    Thanks for the details, but where is the ~100 yr cycle?

    It is periods of more like 20 and 23.6 years which would need to be matched.

    Right, like Earth and Venus being accelerated a little extra every 22 yrs on average,
    http://virakkraft.com/EMB-AM.png (from Semi)
    The Sun and the inner planets together must ‘counter’ Jupiters motion, they are one object in this regard, and since one part of that object, the inner planets, are accelerated the other part, the Sun, must counter their ‘extra’ motion.

  224. tallbloke says:

    vukcevic says:
    July 30, 2013 at 1:20 pm
    Dr. S’ recent conversion to 100 year cycle is somewhat ‘disturbing’.

    Indeed. One year he’s telling us the helioseismologists know there are no periodicities in the Sun longer than about 5 minutes. Now he wants us to believe there’s one at 100 years or so.

    The real reason for this is so he can claim the side lobe harmonics are what produce the spectral peaks near the average 11 year cycle length rather than the 11.86 years being Jupiter orbital period and 9.93 being the tidally effective half Saturn-Jupiter synodic period (time from Jupiter-Saturn conjunction to opposition).

  225. tallbloke says:
    July 30, 2013 at 12:06 pm
    though it is worth quoting the author: “This star is not acting its age, and having a big planet as a companion may be the explanation. It’s possible this hot Jupiter is keeping the star’s rotation and magnetic activity high because of tidal forces, making it behave in some ways like a much younger star”.
    See that use of the present tense there Leif?

    I see a blatant lie as the word ‘keeping’ does not appear in her paper at all….
    Nor ‘it’s possible’. The quote is a fabrication. This exposes you as dishonest. And utterly destroys your credibility [if any].

    Bart says:
    July 30, 2013 at 11:44 am
    The important thing is, this all comes about because of fundamental processes at about 20 and 23.6 years. This is basically how long it takes for the Sun to return to a recurring state of magnetic polarity.
    Regardless of the formal [and trivial] mathematics your conclusion is very wrong. The Sun does not work that way. There are no fundamental processes at about 20 and 23.6 years at work. We can already today with direct observations follow the evolution of the solar dynamo. we can see the flows inside the Sun creating the spots and the flows at the surface creating the polar fields. Those processes explain nicely the polarity changes every ~10 years. We can integrate the dynamical equations coupled with Maxwell’s laws and explain the dynamo and the cycle. Even predict the next cycle from observations before the minimum of a current cycle.

  226. agfosterjr says:

    For what it’s worth, I believe the surface gravity of the sun is nine orders of magnitude greater than Jupiter’s pull at the sun’s surface. I suppose this would generate tides measured in the tens of centimeters. (Do any of you have the precise figure?) We do need compelling statistics to accept causative correlation when no mechanism is provided. Wegener provided no acceptable mechanism but he did provide irrefutable statistics: continental shelves that matched geographically and geologically. And he was ignored. Darwin provided even better statistics but only philosophical speculation for a mechanism–good mechanisms came later–and he was embraced.

    I’ll have to wait for one or the other, compelling math or a mechanism, before I fall off the skeptic wagon. –AGF

  227. tallbloke says:
    July 30, 2013 at 12:45 pm
    if you want to claim data from the earlier paper on a different star system falsifies the later paper, then I can equally validly claim the conclusion from the later paper supercedes the earlier.
    The earlier paper examines many stars and your conclusion about the present paper is confused [or dishonest] so you have no valid claim.

    Of course he has changed his mind. In 2003 he declared the theory dead. Now he’s excited.
    I know and work with Paul Charbonneau. His note in Nature was solicited by Nature. And Paul is not ‘excited’ about this. Instead he says “It may all turn out to be wrong in the end”, as there are already papers showing.
    ——

    But your lies and ensuing lack of credibility make it unprofitable to continue a dialog with you.

  228. agfosterjr says:
    July 30, 2013 at 1:49 pm
    I suppose this would generate tides measured in the tens of centimeters. (Do any of you have the precise figure?)
    Pages 7 and 21 of http://www.leif.org/research/AGU%20Fall%202011%20SH34B-08.pdf

  229. vukcevic says:

    tallbloke says:
    July 30, 2013 at 1:46 pm
    …..real reason for this is so he can claim the side lobe harmonics are what produce the spectral peaks near the average 11 year cycle length rather than the 11.86 years being Jupiter orbital period and 9.93 being the tidally effective half Saturn-Jupiter synodic period (time from Jupiter-Saturn conjunction to opposition).

    or using double values as I did some 10 years ago and got
    http://www.vukcevic.talktalk.net/LFC2.htm
    I am sticking to pure electromagnetics, no gravitational tides on surface or core, angular momentum or acceleration, just simple electric currents and magnetic fields during solar energetic events (flares and CMEs). One more reason why we can see regularity in SC minima
    http://www.vukcevic.talktalk.net/ParkerSpiral.htm
    not available via Newtonian mechanics.
    One of most violent events in the electric circuit is short-circuiting, solar-planetary equivalent is magnetic reconnection source of aurorae (Earth, Jupiter and Saturn), which is one most likely to cause disturbance in both sun and the planets.
    As far as I can see it, there is no other regular event of similar instantaneous change of magnitude, likely to affect both sides of the equation, in contrast with gradual slow moving Newtonian mechanics events.

  230. lgl says:

    Leif

    There are no fundamental processes at about 20 and 23.6 years at work

    I would call a “22-Year Variations of the Solar Rotation” fundamental
    http://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2013/04/18/paul-vaughan-comparing-jupiter-earth-venus-alignment-cycles-with-variation-in-the-solar-rotation-period/

  231. agfosterjr says:

    Leif Svalgaard says:
    July 30, 2013 at 2:01 pm
    ========================
    So Venus raises a tide on the sun about the same as Jupiter, 176 vs. 184 microns. Thanks. –AGF

  232. lgl says:
    July 30, 2013 at 2:15 pm
    I would call a “22-Year Variations of the Solar Rotation” fundamental
    There is no such variation: http://www.leif.org/research/ast10867.pdf

  233. Bart says:

    lgl says:
    July 30, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    “Thanks for the details, but where is the ~100 yr cycle?”

    It is the 131 year beat cycle. I am perplexed that you would ask. Are we not seeing eye-to-eye on this?

    I could be wrong, but I do not think this is a planetary phenomenon. I think it is more likely a couple of resonances in solar dynamics being randomly driven by the chaotic fusion reaction. Just as a pendulum swings back and forth at a set rhythm, or a bell rings at a particular tone, or a bowl of water sloshes with a prescribed regularity. Such resonances abound in natural systems. All you need to do is provide them with energy.

    Leif Svalgaard says:
    July 30, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    “There are no fundamental processes at about 20 and 23.6 years at work.”

    That is incorrect. This is the timeline under which the magnetic state of the Sun recurs.

    “Those processes explain nicely the polarity changes every ~10 years.”

    Yes, and it changes back in twice that. A frequency is the inverse of the period required to go from one state to another, and then return to the original state.

    “We can integrate the dynamical equations coupled with Maxwell’s laws and explain the dynamo and the cycle.”

    That does not make the description unique. There are an infinite number of equivalent representations of a given system. Some are more fundamental and straightforward than others.

  234. Bart says:

    “Some are more fundamental and straightforward than others.”

    For example, Hamilton’s equations give one description of a classical dynamic system. The Hamilton-Jacobi formalism provides another. They are entirely equivalent. Yet, the latter is the gateway to quantum mechanics, providing a wider vista into fundamental reality.

  235. Bart says:
    July 30, 2013 at 2:39 pm
    “There are no fundamental processes at about 20 and 23.6 years at work.”
    That is incorrect. This is the timeline under which the magnetic state of the Sun recurs.

    There is no ‘recurrence’ in a real sense, each cycle runs it own course. The Sun’s memory is short [less than ten years].

    A frequency is the inverse of the period required to go from one state to another, and then return to the original state.
    The Sun does not return to its ‘original state’. It doesn’t know what it was.

    “We can integrate the dynamical equations coupled with Maxwell’s laws and explain the dynamo and the cycle.”
    That does not make the description unique. There are an infinite number of equivalent representations of a given system. Some are more fundamental and straightforward than others.

    Some are the actual physics that go on, and that is the fundamental one. Your periods belong among the infinitely many other descriptions of the system.

  236. Bart says:

    Leif Svalgaard says:
    July 30, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    “The Sun does not return to its ‘original state’. It doesn’t know what it was.”

    This is a stochastic system. When I say “it’s original state”, I mean it in a mean sense.

    “Some are the actual physics that go on, and that is the fundamental one.”

    What a terribly naive viewpoint. I’m not going to argue with you about this again. Think whatever you like.

  237. Bart says:
    July 30, 2013 at 2:58 pm
    What a terribly naive viewpoint. I’m not going to argue with you about this again. Think whatever you like.
    ditto

  238. tallbloke says:

    Leif Svalgaard says:
    July 30, 2013 at 1:48 pm
    tallbloke says:
    July 30, 2013 at 12:06 pm
    though it is worth quoting the author: “This star is not acting its age, and having a big planet as a companion may be the explanation. It’s possible this hot Jupiter is keeping the star’s rotation and magnetic activity high because of tidal forces, making it behave in some ways like a much younger star”.
    See that use of the present tense there Leif?

    I see a blatant lie as the word ‘keeping’ does not appear in her paper at all….

    Where did I claim the quote came from the paper Leif?. It’s a Poppenhaeger quote from NASA’s news feed regarding the paper.

    Leif Svalgaard says:
    July 30, 2013 at 12:39 pm
    tallbloke says:
    July 30, 2013 at 12:06 pm
    though it is worth quoting the author
    What she actually said was:
    “it a more likely possibility that the stellar angular momentum of HD 189733A has been tidally influenced by the Hot Jupiter, which has inhibited the stellar spin-down enough to enable the star to maintain the relatively high magnetic activity we observe today”

    This is a has been scenario in the distant past

    Yes Leif, I provided that quote in my write up in addition to the other quote.
    No Leif, it does not mean “in the distant past”. You are projecting.

    “Has been means “from now going back”. If she had meant “in the distant past” she would have used the word “was” instead of “has been” and wouldn’t have used the word “has” between “which” and “inhibited”

    i.e.
    “HD 189733A was tidally influenced by the Hot Jupiter, which inhibited the stellar spin-down”

    Here ends the grammar lesson. Your manners are beyond redemption

  239. tallbloke says:

    Leif Svalgaard says:
    July 30, 2013 at 2:47 pm
    There is no ‘recurrence’ in a real sense, each cycle runs it own course. The Sun’s memory is short [less than ten years].

    Funny thing that, because Leif also claims that every hundred years,The Sun remembers to do something.

    Truth is, he’s tripping over his own fabrications.

  240. tallbloke says:
    July 30, 2013 at 3:20 pm
    though it is worth quoting the author…
    Where did I claim the quote came from the paper Leif?

    You mean you didn’t even read the paper? Shame on you.

    No Leif, it does not mean “in the distant past”. You are projecting.
    Standard stellar theory provides for a spin-down in the first few million years of a stars life. For a star now billions of years old that is the distant past.

    Your manners are beyond redemption
    Says the deceiver.

  241. Matthew R Marler says:

    Leif Svalgaard: My comment was actually related to whether it was UV or IR that heat the Earth.

    Ah. IR heats the earth [surface] more than UV heats the earth [surface.] That accords with my other reading. It is not what you wrote and I commented on, but I’ll accept your correction.

  242. Willis Eschenbach says:

    tallbloke says:
    July 30, 2013 at 12:04 am

    There are roughly speaking, three el ninos per solar cycle. the big one occurs soon after solar minimum when the ocean goes into reverse and kicks heat out instead of absorbing it, unless there was a volcanic eruption in the previous cycle, in which case the PWP is already partially discharged. Consequently the following big la nina usually occurs near solar max. That’s why there’s often a dip in global T near solar max.

    If you smooth the temperature data at 1/3 solar cycle or at the average frequency of the ENSO cycle (around 40 months) you get a good correlation between solar activity and global temperature. The amplitude isn’t that big, but this is due to the antiphase nature of ENSO surface temps and solar cycle described above. The Sun is having a large effect, but it’s hidden below the surface, most obviously in the Pacific Warm Pool.

    http://woodfortrees.org/plot/hadsst3sh/from:1955/mean:37/detrend:0.6/plot/sidc-ssn/from:1955/scale:0.001/offset:-0.3/mean:12

    Thanks, tallbloke. If you’re going to say that there is a relationship between two datasets, say HadCRUT temperatures and sunspots, there’s a couple of things you need to do.

    First, you need to use all of the data available. You’ve only shown the data from 1955.

    Next, you need to actually calculate the statistical significance of the relationship.

    Finally, I prefer scatterplots to time series plots because the human brain is a cycle-finding machine. We survive in large measure because of our ability to anticipate what’s going to happen, based on the fact that we’ve seen a particular cycle before. As a result, we tend to see relationships where none may exist.

    With that as a preface, here’s the long-term relationship between sunspots and HadCRUT4 temperatures:

    And the numbers:

    Coefficients:
                   Estimate Std. Error t value Pr(>|t|)
    (Intercept)  -4.078e-03  6.888e-03  -0.592    0.554
    ssnhadwindow  7.442e-05  9.591e-05   0.776    0.438

    The right-hand column show the statistical significance of the intercept and the trend. They need to be below 0.05 to be considered significant …

    Here is the same thing, for the BEST data (land only):

    And the corresponding numbers:

    Coefficients:
                   Estimate Std. Error t value Pr(>|t|)  
    (Intercept)   0.0189089  0.0139720   1.353   0.1761  
    ssnhadwindow -0.0003451  0.0001945  -1.774   0.0762

    Now, that one is approaching statistical significance for the trend (although not for the intercept). However, look at the size of the trend—for every hundred sunspots, the land is (supposedly) cooling by three hundredths of a degree … and max sunspots is about 200.

    So the maximum effect, IF it were statistically significant, is a COOLING as the sun’s activity INCREASES, of about six hundredths of a degree.

    Anyway, Leif and Willis have more time to spend around here convincing you the planets don’t affect the Sun and the Sun doesn’t affect climate than I have to convincing you they do and it does, so I’ll return you to your normal programming.

    tallbloke, I’m just presenting the periodicity analysis. Jupiter may rule the sun, I don’t know … but so what? Here’s an example.

    In his second-to-last model (I think), Scafetta confidently assured us that a relevant frequency around the ≈ 11 year sunspot cycle was 9.1 years. The astronomical significance of this, he earnestly assured us, is that it is calculated as follows

    • Twice “the period of the recession of the line of lunar apsides” (8.85 yrs) plus
    • The “period of precession of the luni-solar nodes” (9.3 years) divided by
    • Four

    … riiiight … why “Four”? Why not three, or six? Unfortunately, there’s no sign of a 9.1 year signal in any of the datasets, see above for verification, so I guess it’s moot.

    Now you are here to confidently assure us that:

    The 10 year cycle is actually 9.93yrs, half the synodic (i.e. the tidally effective period) of the two largest bodies in the solar system outside the Sun itself.

    You’re doing better than Scafetta, in that there actually is a cycle of near that length … although the most accurate data we have, the daily data in Figure 6, shows that the cycle is actually not at 9.93 years, but at about 10.2 years …

    But again, so what? Whether a given cycle is driven by the freakin’ line of the lunar apsides, so what? It doesn’t advance our understanding to say that a 9.93 year cycle is twice the frequency of the combined maximum tides of Jupiter and Saturn on the sun. I mean, let’s suppose it’s true, and that the sunspot cycle really is driven (in part) by a ~ 1 millimetre tide on surface of the sun.

    Knowing that, what can we do with that data? Does it help us to understand and forecast the sunspot cycle? No, because although Jupiter and Saturn are constant over time, the cycle (as I showed in Figure 7) is not constant over time. It’s nowhere apparent in the first half of the data, 125 years worth. Nor is it apparent in the second century and a quarter. Now we have 250 years of data … will that cycle be present in the next 250 years? Well, given its past performance, I wouldn’t bet money on it …

    Next, we haven’t even considered the question of phase. Scafetta tap-danced around this question, but it’s a real one. IF the periods of these cycles are astronomical in nature, then the phases and amplitudes must be as well. Scafetta admitted that he sets the amplitudes arbitrarily. I say he’s doing the same with the phases, in part because some of his claims have no inherent phase. What is the phase of a cycle whose period is (2 * X + Y)/4?

    In any case, what I don’t get is the fixation on astronomy. If we can find a steady 7.9 year cycle in the data, it’s there whether it’s equal to

    (2 * lunar apsides + Jupiter’s insides) / 4

    or not.

    What is gained by the astronomical speculation?

    My best to you, Rog,

    w.

  243. tallbloke says:
    July 30, 2013 at 3:20 pm
    Where did I claim the quote came from the paper Leif?. It’s a Poppenhaeger quote from NASA’s news feed regarding the paper.
    Your lie continues. The NASA feed http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/chandra/multimedia/exoplanet-hd-189733b.html#.UfiJTNIQYRi that you linked too also does not contain your ‘quote’. You simply made it up, and then tried to cover the lie by another lie. How low can you go? Or haven’t we seen the bottom yet? Despicable!

  244. Jim Arndt says:

    Leif,

    Correct me if I’m wrong.
    To understand how the magnetic fields work is not that they remember the previous cycle. What happens is that the magnetic fields (flux) strengthens as the cycle gets closer to maximum and then reverses and slowly degrade until it reaches minimum. Why some might say it remembers the last cycle is that there is left over flux still there at minimum. The strength of the flux at minimum give an indication of the size of the next cycle so it does not remember but is a continuation. So if the flux ix very low at the end of the cycle then the next cycle should also be low. What Livingston and Penn are saying is that the flux will be so low that the spots magnetic field will be so low that the spots wont show except for plaque. What will be interesting is that if they are right will the TSI and F10.7 still continue the cycle (spot disconnect).

    On a side note the food fight with Tallbloke, he has to say to himself why would Leif make stuff up since he has much to lose to fabricate anything he says here. He would be dropped in a second by the institutions that hire him if he was to doing something that sophomoric.

  245. Jim Arndt says:
    July 30, 2013 at 10:15 pm
    What happens is that the magnetic fields (flux) strengthens as the cycle gets closer to maximum and then reverses and slowly degrade until it reaches minimum.
    Not quite. The polar fields are dragged down into the sun and are amplified by induction. Now, the field is not uniform. It consists of many ‘strands’ or filaments. Each if these is amplified. Once the field strength in a strand reaches a certain value [always the same] the strand becomes buoyant and rises to the surface. On its way up, the strand is shredded into many thinner strands. Once at the surface these thin strands [magnetic spaghetti] assemble into visible sunspots. The sunspots decay by the granulation nibbling away at their perimeters and move some of the flux away from the spot [more and more as time goes on]. The flux ‘debris’ is now moved towards the poles by a circulation cell [a bit akin to the cells in the Earth's atmosphere]. On the way most of the flux cancels with flux of the opposite polarity also moving towards the pole. Only a small percentage of the magnetic flux [something like 1/100th] survives. The first flux to arrive at a pole cancels out some of the polar field already there where after subsequent polewards surges of flux build up the new polar fields for the next cycle. This is a very random process and has no or little memory. When the old polar fields that were dragged into the Sun is ‘used up’, the cycle fizzles and come to an end ['dies'], but the new polar field is already in place and the cycle can continue. This is my version. Other solar physicists may disagree with some of the details, but there is general acceptance of the big picture.

    The rest of your comment is basically correct:
    The strength of the flux at minimum give an indication of the size of the next cycle so it does not remember but is a continuation. So if the flux ix very low at the end of the cycle then the next cycle should also be low. What Livingston and Penn are saying is that the flux will be so low that the spots magnetic field will be so low that the spots wont show except for plaque. What will be interesting is that if they are right will the TSI and F10.7 still continue the cycle (spot disconnect).

    On a side note the food fight with Tallbloke, he has to say to himself why would Leif make stuff
    You have that wrong. It is tallbloke who makes things up, big time, and lies, grossly. He should be ashamed of himself, but I guess some people simply have no shame.

  246. Jim Arndt says:

    You have that wrong. It is tallbloke who makes things up, big time, and lies, grossly. He should be ashamed of himself, but I guess some people simply have no shame.

    I think you misread I was saying the you have no reason to make things up and that he should look at himself and that you have no reason to do such things.
    Jim Arndt

  247. Jim Arndt says:
    July 30, 2013 at 10:51 pm
    I think you misread
    OK. BTW: I have collected the comments from tallbloke and myself into a narrative and posted that as a comment on his blog [he had already posted some of mine]. My comment is ‘awaiting moderation’. We shall see if it survives the gatekeeper and tallbloke has the moral decency to run my comment. Anybody want to put odds on that?

  248. tallbloke says:

    Leif Svalgaard says:
    July 30, 2013 at 9:00 pm
    tallbloke says:
    July 30, 2013 at 3:20 pm
    Where did I claim the quote came from the paper Leif?. It’s a Poppenhaeger quote from NASA’s news feed regarding the paper.
    Your lie continues. The NASA feed http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/chandra/multimedia/exoplanet-hd-189733b.html#.UfiJTNIQYRi that you linked too also does not contain your ‘quote’. You simply made it up, and then tried to cover the lie by another lie. How low can you go? Or haven’t we seen the bottom yet? Despicable!

    Leif, you are a disgrace to your profession and to this website..

    Here’s the NASA newsfeed (not NASA’s webfeed) as emailed to me by NASA. I’ve bolded the final paragraph.

    From: NASA News Releases
    Date: Monday, 29 July 2013
    Subject: [NASA HQ News] NASA’s Chandra Sees Eclipsing Planet in X-rays for First Time
    To: hqnews@newsletters.nasa.gov

    July 29, 2013
    J.D. Harrington
    Headquarters, Washington
    202-358-5241
    j.d.harrington@nasa.gov
    Megan Watzke
    Chandra X-ray Center, Cambridge, Mass.
    617-496-7998
    mwatzke@cfa.harvard.edu
    RELEASE 13-237

    NASA’s Chandra Sees Eclipsing Planet in X-rays for First Time

    For the first time since exoplanets, or planets around stars other than the sun, were discovered almost 20 years ago, X-ray observations have detected an exoplanet passing in front of its parent star.
    An advantageous alignment of a planet and its parent star in the system HD 189733, which is 63 light-years from Earth, enabled NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and the European Space Agency’s XMM Newton Observatory to observe a dip in X-ray intensity as the planet transited the star.
    “Thousands of planet candidates have been seen to transit in only optical light,” said Katja Poppenhaeger of Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) in Cambridge, Mass., who led a new study to be published in the Aug. 10 edition of The Astrophysical Journal. “Finally being able to study one in X-rays is important because it reveals new information about the properties of an exoplanet.”
    The team used Chandra to observe six transits and data from XMM Newton observations of one.
    The planet, known as HD 189733b, is a hot Jupiter, meaning it is similar in size to Jupiter in our solar system but in very close orbit around its star. HD 189733b is more than 30 times closer to its star than Earth is to the sun. It orbits the star once every 2.2 days.
    HD 189733b is the closest hot Jupiter to Earth, which makes it a prime target for astronomers who want to learn more about this type of exoplanet and the atmosphere around it. They have used NASA’s Kepler space telescope to study it at optical wavelengths, and NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope to confirm it is blue in color as a result of the preferential scattering of blue light by silicate particles in its atmosphere.
    The study with Chandra and XMM Newton has revealed clues to the size of the planet’s atmosphere. The spacecraft saw light decreasing during the transits. The decrease in X-ray light was three times greater than the corresponding decrease in optical light.
    “The X-ray data suggest there are extended layers of the planet’s atmosphere that are transparent to optical light but opaque to X-rays,” said co-author Jurgen Schmitt of Hamburger Sternwarte in Hamburg, Germany. “However, we need more data to confirm this idea.”
    The researchers also are learning about how the planet and the star can affect one another.
    Astronomers have known for about a decade ultraviolet and X-ray radiation from the main star in HD 189733 are evaporating the atmosphere of HD 189733b over time. The authors estimate it is losing 100 million to 600 million kilograms of mass per second. HD 189733b’s atmosphere appears to be thinning 25 percent to 65 percent faster than it would be if the planet’s atmosphere were smaller.
    “The extended atmosphere of this planet makes it a bigger target for high-energy radiation from its star, so more evaporation occurs,” said co-author Scott Wolk, also of CfA.
    The main star in HD 189733 also has a faint red companion, detected for the first time in X-rays with Chandra. The stars likely formed at the same time, but the main star appears to be 3 billion to 3 1/2 billion years younger than its companion star because it rotates faster, displays higher levels of magnetic activity and is about 30 times brighter in X-rays than its companion.
    “This star is not acting its age, and having a big planet as a companion may be the explanation,” said Poppenhaeger. “It’s possible this hot Jupiter is keeping the star’s rotation and magnetic activity high because of tidal forces, making it behave in some ways like a much younger star.”

    The paper is available online at:
    http://arxiv.org/abs/1306.2311
    For Chandra images, multimedia and related materials, visit:
    http://www.nasa.gov/chandra
    For an additional interactive image, podcast, and video on the finding, visit:
    http://chandra.si.edu
    -end-

    Leif says:
    Standard stellar theory provides for a spin-down in the first few million years of a stars life. For a star now billions of years old that is the distant past.

    As you can see, and just like I told you, Poppenhaeger is talking about the star and the possible tidal influence on it from the Jupiter-like planet closely orbiting it in the present tense, i.e. the tidal influence is ongoing.

  249. Jim Arndt says:

    tallbloke says:
    July 30, 2013 at 11:09 pm
    As you can see, and just like I told you, Poppenhaeger is talking about the star and the possible tidal influence on it from the Jupiter-like planet closely orbiting it in the present tense, i.e. the tidal influence is ongoing.

    Most of the Jupiter sized planets found orbit quite close to their parent stars and are millions of miles away while Jupiter is billions of miles away. Some of these planets orbit so close that they have their parent star taking material out of their atmosphere and they will eventually be absorb by the star. The tidal effect are vastly different from Jupiter (millimeters compared to kilometers)

  250. tallbloke says:
    July 30, 2013 at 11:09 pm
    said Poppenhaeger. “It’s possible this hot Jupiter is keeping the star’s rotation and magnetic activity high because of tidal forces, making it behave in some ways like a much younger star.”
    So, you came clean [provided you quoted the email correctly...]. On your blog you link to the webfeed.

    As you can see, and just like I told you, Poppenhaeger is talking about the star and the possible tidal influence on it from the Jupiter-like planet closely orbiting it in the present tense, i.e. the tidal influence is ongoing.
    But here you try to pull wool again. The spin-down she is talking about took place billions of years ago, read her paper:
    “We can therefore exclude a stellar activity cycle to be the cause for the disagreement in activity levels. We consider it a more likely possibility that the stellar angular momentum of HD 189733A has been tidally influenced by the Hot Jupiter, which has inhibited the stellar spin-down enough to enable the star to maintain the relatively high magnetic activity we observe today”.

    From http://arxiv.org/pdf/0810.1190v1.pdf : “Most solar-mass stars go through a phase on the C-sequence at ages less than 100 Myr, before they switch to the I-sequence, causing rapid spindown” so first ~10% of the star’s life is when the spin-down happens, thus billions of years ago.

  251. tallbloke says:

    Thanks Jim, I noted that in my write-up on my website. If you don’t mind, I’d first like to deal with the issue of Dr Svalgaard repeatedly calling me a liar, and accusing me of fabricating the quote.

  252. tallbloke says:

    Leif Svalgaard says:
    July 30, 2013 at 11:35 pm
    [provided you quoted the email correctly...].

    Ah, the innuendo continues.

    I’ll deal with your misunderstandings of Stellar physics and the English language on my site, where smear and false accusation don’t get published by responsible editors.

  253. tallbloke says:
    July 30, 2013 at 11:45 pm
    I’ll deal with your misunderstandings of Stellar physics and the English language on my site, where smear and false accusation don’t get published by responsible editors.
    Then be sure to include:
    The spin-down she is talking about took place billions of years ago, read her paper:
    “We can therefore exclude a stellar activity cycle to be the cause for the disagreement in activity levels. We consider it a more likely possibility that the stellar angular momentum of HD 189733A has been tidally influenced by the Hot Jupiter, which has inhibited the stellar spin-down enough to enable the star to maintain the relatively high magnetic activity we observe today”.

    From http://arxiv.org/pdf/0810.1190v1.pdf : “Most solar-mass stars go through a phase on the C-sequence at ages less than 100 Myr, before they switch to the I-sequence, causing rapid spindown” so first ~10% of the star’s life is when the spin-down happens, thus billions of years ago.

  254. Bart says:

    Willis Eschenbach says:
    July 30, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Willis – of course you are not going to see a relationship in the way you are doing it. If you quickly turn the heat up and down under a pot of water, do you expect you would see a relationship between your instantaneous twisting of the knob and the temperature of the water? Of course not. The scatter plot would look like an amorphous cloud of dots, just like these.

    You are dealing with a system with enormous thermal mass. I recommend, as a first cut, that you try filtering the sunspot data to lower and lower bandwidth, up to the limiting case of a pure integration. Then see if you don’t start to see a correlation at some point.

    There are far more sophisticated techniques available, but, you might find something this way.

  255. Bart says:

    And, don’t detrend the temperature data. The low frequency regime is where you are going to see the action, due to the low pass characteristic of all that thermal mass.

  256. Bart says:

    Rog – don’t knock yourself out vs. Lief. It isn’t worth it.

  257. tallbloke says:

    Jim Arndt says:
    July 30, 2013 at 11:20 pm
    Most of the Jupiter sized planets found orbit quite close to their parent stars and are millions of miles away while Jupiter is billions of miles away.

    Scafetta’s new paper lists observations which show the Sun burns slightly brighter on the hemisphere facing the centre of mass of the system, which almost always where Jupiter is.

    The effect is much smaller than that on Poppenhaegers star. But then, we’re only looking for the cause of a 0.1% variation in output over the solar cycle. The surface of the Sun is at a boundary condition, where a small input can have a big effect (see Kelvin-Helmholtz and Rayleigh Taylor instability).

    Whereas on Poppenhaeger’s star it’s just one planet causing a constant tidal effect, the Solar system has four Gas giants. The closest two have interactive tidally effective timing which coincides with one of the sunspot record spectral peaks near the cycle length. The orbital period of the largest coincides with the other. I crunched the numbers here
    http://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2011/08/05/jackpot-jupiter-and-saturn-solar-cycle-link-confirmed/
    Do check the reference to the earlier thread from Bart.

    As Vuk pointed out earlier, solar flares which in terms of the Sun itself are tiny proportions of it’s energy release have a profound effect on Earth’s climate and weather systems, another surface at a boundary condition.

  258. tallbloke says:

    Leif Svalgaard says:
    July 30, 2013 at 11:48 pm
    Then be sure to include:
    “We can therefore exclude a stellar activity cycle to be the cause for the disagreement in activity levels.

    Covered in my reply to Jim. Poppenhaeger’s saying her star’s activity is potentially at a continually higher level because of the continuous and constant tidal action of the close hot jupiter.

    “This star is not acting its age, and having a big planet as a companion may be the explanation,” said Poppenhaeger. “It’s possible this hot Jupiter is keeping the star’s rotation and magnetic activity high because of tidal forces, making it behave in some ways like a much younger star.”

    In the case of the solar system, the cause of the 0.05% increase and decrease in overall solar activity over the activity cycle it potentially due to the tidal action of the orbital of the largest planet and the cyclic interplay of it’s orbital timings with the second largest planet, and the timings of tidally effective inner planets. The period of the spectral peaks in the MEM analysis of the sunspot record either side of the average cycle length support the hypothesis. These peaks can’t be the side lobes of a ~centennial internal solar oscillation as you have claimed in the past, because as you told us some hours ago:

    “The Sun’s memory is short [less than ten years].”

    It needs the planets to jog its memory. As evidenced by the good phase relationship between the planetary index for JEV and the solar cycles.
    http://tallbloke.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/rotation-solar-windspeed-adjusted.png

  259. tallbloke says:

    Bart says:
    July 31, 2013 at 12:10 am
    Rog – don’t knock yourself out vs. Lief. It isn’t worth it.

    Eliciting Leif’s blundering accusations and self contradicting hypotheses is a great way to encourage people to work towards their own understanding, rather than taking his word as authoritative.

  260. tallbloke says:
    July 31, 2013 at 12:35 am
    Poppenhaeger’s saying her star’s activity is potentially at a continually higher level because of the continuous and constant tidal action of the close hot jupiter.
    No, that is your misrepresentation of what she allegedly said. Now, press releases are notoriously inaccurate, so perhaps not all the blame should be on you. In her paper she is very clear that she think it is likely that the Hot Jupiter inhibited the early spin-down that all stars have, leaving the main star with the rotation rate it had 1-2 billion years ago. You should have done due diligence and read the paper.

    These peaks can’t be the side lobes of a ~centennial internal solar oscillation as you have claimed in the past, because as you told us some hours ago: “The Sun’s memory is short [less than ten years].”
    Memory has nothing to do with it. As Lomb [ http://www.leif.org/EOS/Lomb-Sunspot-Cycle-Revisited.png ] points out: “As was shown in a previous paper [1], to be referred to as paper 1, this peculiar, always positive, nature of the sunspot time series means that any modulation period must show in the spectrum both as a sidelobe to the main period and as a separate periodicity” and such sidelobes are just what are observed.

  261. tallbloke says:
    July 31, 2013 at 12:40 am
    rather than taking his word as authoritative
    Nobody should my word, your word, or Bart’s word as authoritative. That is not what WUWT is about.

  262. tallbloke says:
    July 31, 2013 at 12:35 am
    These peaks can’t be the side lobes of a ~centennial internal solar oscillation
    The Sun is not an oscillator, the long ‘cycles’ observed the past few centuries are just random fluctuations and will not hold up. They didn’t going back in time.

  263. LdB says:

    I am not sure who is crazier Tallbloke or Scaffeta they both feel that everyone is acting dishonestly and out to defame them … LOL.

    It’ science you lunatics you didn’t see Einstein complain when half the science world disagreed with him he just kept showing the error with each objection raised.

  264. vukcevic says:

    Global temperatures & Solar activity
    Comparing global temperatures records to SSN or TSI fails since it doesn’t take into account physical interactions between solar and geo-magnetic interactions known as geomagnetic storms which to extent are reflected in the frequency of aurora appearances.
    http://www.vukcevic.talktalk.net/AuGTs.htm
    Both the spectral composition and correlation factor R^2 > 0.5 do point to a causal relationship. Direct geomagnetic comparison has a difficulty in separating effects of the solar input from the internally generated secular change, although it has been shown that the GT shows degree of correlation with the geomagnetic indices (Aa and Ap)

  265. vukcevic says:
    July 31, 2013 at 1:24 am
    Direct geomagnetic comparison has a difficulty in separating effects of the solar input from the internally generated secular change
    No, already Gauss showed in the 1830s how to do this.

    although it has been shown that the GT shows degree of correlation with the geomagnetic indices (Aa and Ap)
    Here is Ap back to 1840s: http://www.leif.org/research/Ap-1844-now.png there is no trend and no resemblance to the variation of GT.

  266. vukcevic says:

    Leif Svalgaard says:
    July 31, 2013 at 1:31 am
    Here is Ap back to 1840s: http://www.leif.org/research/Ap-1844-now.png there is no trend and no resemblance to the variation of GT.

    Visible aurora is caused only by the more energetic events, so Ap over certain value should be filtered out. On the other hand for aurora we have only number of appearances, but if intensity was known correlation factor could be even stronger.
    You need to get one of your students to go and sift trough the aurorae appearance dates, read of Ap index value for the date, and then you will have the data and ability to judge the Ap-Gt correlation.
    Dismissing possibility a priory top scientist in the field should not do!

  267. tallbloke says:

    Leif Svalgaard says:
    July 31, 2013 at 12:56 am
    tallbloke says:
    July 31, 2013 at 12:35 am
    Poppenhaeger’s saying her star’s activity is potentially at a continually higher level because of the continuous and constant tidal action of the close hot jupiter.
    No, that is your misrepresentation of what she allegedly said. Now, press releases are notoriously inaccurate, so perhaps not all the blame should be on you.

    There’s nothing ambiguous about the direct quote:
    “This star is not acting its age, and having a big planet as a companion may be the explanation,” said Poppenhaeger. “It’s possible this hot Jupiter is keeping the star’s rotation and magnetic activity high because of tidal forces, making it behave in some ways like a much younger star.”

    The only uncertainty left is from your lies about me making it up.
    You are the liar. I did not make up the quote.

    In her paper she is very clear that she think it is likely that the Hot Jupiter inhibited the early spin-down that all stars have, leaving the main star with the rotation rate it had 1-2 billion years ago.

    That’s your misinterpretation of what She and her co-authors said. English is not your native language, so “perhaps not all the blame should be on you”. I explained your error earlier when I said:

    “No Leif, it does not mean “in the distant past”. You are projecting.

    “Has been” means “from now going back”. If she had meant “in the distant past” she would have used the word “was” instead of “has been” and wouldn’t have used the word “has” between “which” and “inhibited”

    i.e.
    “HD 189733A *was* tidally influenced by the Hot Jupiter, which inhibited the stellar spin-down”
    Rather than
    HD 189733A *has been* tidally influenced by the Hot Jupiter, which has inhibited the stellar spin-down”

    You should have done due diligence and read the paper.

    I did read the paper, how do you think I was able to provide the second quote on the write-up on my website? Your logic is as poor as your manners.

  268. crikey says:

    Does the 200 yr De vries cycle modulate global temperature or was the Dalton and maunder minimum and aberration.
    The longer lower frequency cycles have a greater impact on the global climate than shorter cycles like the 11 yr cycle

    The 61 yr cycle of the AMO is known to modulate global temp

    Can l refer you to Qian and Lu (2010) . Their results would interest you

    Constructive interference of many cycles intermittently produces the ‘saw tooth wave form’ like the Vostok ice core record temp’ proxy record. Milankovitch cycles

    The role of the oceans with large thermal inertia and large lags in time for cause and effect will ‘hide’ the effect of the higher frequency /shorter cycles. Messy signal perhaps

    I think l read that solar cycle length is more pertinent than TSI or sun spot number for correlation with global temperature change.

    There are difficulties in directly correlating planetary, solar, lunar cycles directly with global temps’ due to lag times . Oceans etc
    If you consider the planetary /solar/lunar tidal theory that is supposed to effect ocean and atmosphere circulation and the long frequency of the thermohaline circulation. Oceans have large overturning cycles..
    Also have to consider resonance and harmonics

    I think it would be interesting if you looked at some larger cycles like the de vries 200 yr which caused the maunder and Dalton minimum and plugged some proxy data into your algorithm to see the result

  269. Anthony Watts says:
    July 30, 2013 at 11:27 am
    What Matthew R. Marler said. Exploring an alternate method isn’t defamation.

    *****************

    Fine, Anthony. You and Willis can continue to play around “exploring an alternate method” and systematically ignoring my arguments written in the paper that explain how the things need to be searched and understood.

    Indeed, finding something in science also requires an “appropriate” method of analysis, not just a “generic” method of analysis. And it is here that the expertise plays a role.

    Remember that to find something is a difficult task that requires good eyes. On the contrary, to claim that something is not observed is very easy. One just needs to close his eyes and even the sun disappears.

    Because, as you say, you and Willis are simply play around with the data without knowing what to do with them, avoid the various accusations such as that my research is “cyclomaniac” etc.

    After all
    1) you are not truly understanding my method,
    2) I demonstrated above some serious error in Willis post (he mistook PMOD for ACRIM composite and made major error in the interpretation of the spectral analysis technique)

    So, do not jump to the conclusion if you are still doing your homework. If you do that, do not complain if I say that the post is “defamatory”.

  270. ralfellis says:

    ralfellis says: July 30, 2013 at 12:33 pm
    Tallbloke posted a graph of his ‘planetary index’ closely following the SSN for 150 years, but you have not explained why you disagree with this graph.

    Leif Svalgaard says: July 30, 2013 at 12:47 pm
    I pointed out that the ‘close’ match [which is not that close to begin with, IMHO] has broken down for the last cycle. This often happens for spurious correlations.
    _________________________________

    Dear Leif,

    So you are not disputing Tallbloke’s data or methodology, just whether his results have any meaning or not.

    Sorry, but I would have thought that a phenomina that tracks the SSN for 12 or so cycles must have some merit. The Warmist Bedwetters are claiming a link between CO2 and climate based upon just half a cycle, and yet you think there is no merit in something that mimicks and follows twelve full cycles?

    Your main problem appears to be recent discontinuity in the data. However, while I am not a scientist, I do have a gyroscope that will go through many precessionary cycles, and then have a fit and do something else, and then settle back into its original cycles. I am sure you must be familliar with many systems that break their cycle for a while.

    .

  271. LdB says:

    tallbloke says:
    July 31, 2013 at 2:08 am

    I did read the paper, how do you think I was able to provide the second quote on the write-up on my website?

    If you are so sure why don’t you do the normal thing and contact the author … it’s not hard generally the email is on the paper.

  272. HenryP says:

    I am stunned by the lack of civility exhibited on this thread. .
    Can I remind everyone here that anyone who says” You are crazy” or “:idiot”(never mind liar) will be in danger of the fire of hell….” (Matt. 5: 22)
    Whether you believe in hell or not the point, I think it just poor manners not to remain civil to each other,at all times, as if in a real life debate, with the person was standing right in front of you.The principle of WUWT (I hope) is that we (the bloggers) are all students and teachers to each other . We are in class here. You remain in control of yourself, at all times. Those asking the questions should remember they are the students (wanting to know) and those answering should remember that they are the teachers (giving advice). In this class, if a teacher or student goes name calling he loses all my respect…..

  273. Spence_UK says:

    @Bart, I have great respect for your understanding of signal processing, Fourier analysis which is clearly very good. I also cannot show you are wrong from the data that we draw our hypotheses from alone.

    However, I would put forward a different explanation for the low frequency cycles. I’ve looked at geophysical data for a long time (not so much heliophysical). And what I’ve noticed is a thread running throughout climate time series: the presence of 1/f noise.

    When you get a realisation of 1/f noise, it will always take broadly the same appearance; in the frequency domain, a series of peaks starting at a frequency near to the length of the data set, with the first (lowest freq) peak being the largest, the second peak being second amplitude, the third peak having the third greatest amplitude, and so on (more or less). What I notice is that human observers very naturally try to explain these, picking on the highest, lowest frequency peak first (because this is the easiest phenomena to fit). Note 1/f noise series also often have trends which are handled in a similar way. And I note that this behaviour is also visible in the SSN data.

    So when I see people grasp at trends (such as the “CO2″ caused trends in the global temperature), or low frequency cycles (such as the 60 year cycle in global temperature – note very close to the length of the series) I am immediately sceptical and want to see if the data show 1/f fluctuations.

    Note that the presence of 1/f noise does not preclude other cycles which rise above the 1/f floor. For example, the annual cycle in global temperatures and 11 year cycle in SSN. But in each of these cases, the 1/f floor can be clearly seen, and the cycles are clearly above that floor, so it is reasonable to assume these are likely to have some physical deterministic basis.

    As I note – the data that we used to create these hypotheses cannot distinguish between your explanation of cyclical behaviour, and my explanation of 1/f noise, just as the data alone cannot distinguish between CO2 explanation of temperature trends and my explanation of 1/f noise. Additional data would be needed to resolve the difference. Additional data in the future would be best – but would take centuries to gather. Additional data in the past may be the best route, and Leif suggests this is already possible.

    But I see no harm in competing hypotheses, especially those which are testable.

    I have tried to explain 1/f noise to Leif on several occasions, but he doesn’t really seem to understand it; he still talks about short memories, which is wrongheaded for a system like this. Although I applaud the statement that the sun does not remember where it was – that statement is very appropriate for a system of 1/f noise (which is more a system of amnesia than of memory)

  274. vukcevic says:

    Solar activity keeps plodding on, sunspot number for July is around 60
    http://www.vukcevic.talktalk.net/SSN.htm
    not much different from the June’s SSN.
    Dr. S expects number of SSN peaks, as in the SC14 (100 years ago) it looks as he may be wrong, but the time will tell.

  275. HenryP says:

    We know that the moon exerts an influence on the earth, ie. the tides, and it is also claimed that the moon may have an influence on Earth’s iron core, hence more earth quakes when the moon is nearest.
    Similarly, I imagine that the sun’s iron core, which is spinning like a dynamo, on its own, may be influenced by the planets gravitational pulls, as they encircle the sun, which then affects the output of the dynamo, and subsequently, also TSI. To me, that is simple Newtonian thinking.

    William Arnold had this figured out a long time ago and he put some dials together.
    http://www.cyclesresearchinstitute.org/cycles-astronomy/arnold_theory_order.pdf
    I just don’t understand what these dials mean. Can anyone here help with that?

    My problem is that I want to forecast exactly when we will reach the maximum speed of cooling.

    http://blogs.24.com/henryp/2012/10/02/best-sine-wave-fit-for-the-drop-in-global-maximum-temperatures/

    Under normal circumstances I expect again a period of 23 years, as was the previous period (from 1972 to 1995), calculated from the point where we changed in sign from warming to cooling.
    That would be 1995 + 23 = 2018.

  276. tallbloke says:

    LdB says:
    July 31, 2013 at 4:31 am
    If you are so sure why don’t you do the normal thing and contact the author … it’s not hard generally the email is on the paper.

    The Author made it clear my interpretation of the paper is correct with her present tense laden statement:
    “This star is not acting its age, and having a big planet as a companion may be the explanation,” said Poppenhaeger. “It’s possible this hot Jupiter *is keeping* the star’s rotation and magnetic activity high because of tidal forces, making it behave in some ways like a much younger star.”

    Leif Svalgaard is the person who needs to contact her because he’s the one accusing me of making the “[alleged statement]” up.

  277. lgl says:

    Bart

    Well, to me 131 is more like ~130, definitely not the same as Leifs ~100 yrs.
    And I don’t understand why it’s any more real than the 10.8 yr beat cycle. Aren’t they both a result of rectifying the Hale cycle?

    Leif

    Someone finds a 22-yr variation but you don’t, therefore it doesn’t exits. Right, arrogant as ever. It’s probably the same in your home. You search for something but can’t find it and conclude the thing does not exist. Then your wife finds it but you keep denying its existence, right?

  278. ferd berple says:

    Leif Svalgaard says:
    July 31, 2013 at 1:31 am
    Here is Ap back to 1840s: http://www.leif.org/research/Ap-1844-now.png there is no trend and no resemblance to the variation of GT.
    ==============
    GT should vary as the integral of solar effects, rather than directly vary, due to thermal inertial. High energy from the sun would not effect GT unless it is applied over time. Similarly, low energy from the sun would not affect GT unless it is applied over time. Alternative, one could compare solar effects to the rate of change in GT (first derivative)..

    A simple way to visualize this is a pot of water on the stove. You turn on the stove, the temperature of the water starts increasing and continues increasing, without any change in the stove. You then turn off the stove and the temperature of the water starts decreasing and continues decreasing long after the stove is turned off, again without any change in the stove.

    Further complicating all this is the overturn rate of the oceans. How quickly the upwelling cold water from the deep oceans towards the equator is replacing the descending warm water from the surface towards the poles, and the effect this has on GT.

    The typical analysis of GT assumes a constant overturn rate, but this is contradicted by the observed warm and cold cycles of the ocean basins.

    Further complicating this is the cycle length of the deep ocean conveyor, estimated to be on the order of magnitude of 1000 years. The first computer memories were delay lines, similar in effect to the deep ocean conveyor. The deep ocean conveyor “remembers” what the climate was like hundreds of year ago, and returns this to the surface depending on the cycle length of the conveyor.

    Thus, a warm pulse in the climate 1000 years ago or so should show up as a warm pulse in current temperatures, regardless of current solar activity. However, it is possible that the deep ocean conveyor acts something like a river or fire hose under pressure. It meanders and whips around in an unpredictable fashion, leading to all sorts of short term oscillations in GT.

    So while GT should correlate with the integral of solar activity, there are plenty of compounding factors that must be considered.

  279. vukcevic says:
    July 31, 2013 at 2:07 am
    read of Ap index value for the date, and then you will have the data and ability to judge the Ap-Gt correlation.
    It would seem that the one making such a claim should do the work. Now, Ap was designed to capture the strength of the interaction between the Sun and the geomagnetic field and is a very good measure of the intensity of aurorae. http://www.leif.org/research/POES%20Power%20and%20IHV.pdf

    vukcevic says:
    July 31, 2013 at 5:11 am
    Dr. S expects number of SSN peaks, as in the SC14 (100 years ago) it looks as he may be wrong, but the time will tell.
    We have already had two of those peaks: http://www.leif.org/research/http://www.leif.org/research/Active%20Region%20Count.png . Watch out for the next one, and the next, and ….

    lgl says:
    July 31, 2013 at 7:09 am
    Someone finds a 22-yr variation but you don’t, therefore it doesn’t exits.
    Here is a table of peaks in the sunspot record: http://www.leif.org/EOS/Lomb-Sunspot-Cycle-Revisited.pdf
    Table 1. Periodicities in the yearly mean sunspot numbers, 1700–2011.
    11.00±0.06 10.03±0.05 10.61±0.08 102.07±7.83 11.86±0.14 449.24±94.61 8.46±0.05 13.08±0.17 8.12±0.08 63.80±5.02 9.40±0.09 43.56±1.42
    10.34±0.11 28.55±1.02 in decreasing order of size.
    No 22-year cycle.

    ferd berple says:
    July 31, 2013 at 7:24 am
    So while GT should correlate with the integral of solar activity, there are plenty of compounding factors that must be considered.
    Tell that to Vuk.

  280. vukcevic says:

    Global temperature – Ap Index Correlation ?

    Dr. Svalgaard :
    Here is Ap back to 1840s: http://www.leif.org/research/Ap-1844-now.png there is no trend and no resemblance to the variation of GT.

    Vukcevic: Wait a minute, not so fast
    http://www.vukcevic.talktalk.net/Ap-LT.htm

    Man of settled science creed:
    It is irrelevant !

    Man of true science:
    I want to know what is going on here.

  281. vukcevic says:
    July 31, 2013 at 7:53 am
    Man of true science: I want to know what is going on here.
    Tell me when you have figured it out.

  282. vukcevic says:

    Leif Svalgaard says:
    July 31, 2013 at 7:57 am
    Tell me when you have figured it out.

    Don’t bother waiting, you think know it all already.
    If you take another good look with mind of an inquisitive scientist rather than inquisition enforcer
    http://www.vukcevic.talktalk.net/Ap-LT.htm
    you will realise there is a limit to anyone’s knowledge.
    p.s. discontinuity at same time and duration can be observed between the AMO and the Arctic atmospheric pressure.

  283. MiCro says:

    Willis Eschenbach commented on Cycles Without The Mania.

    Now we have 250 years of data

    After seeing the sample size of the NCDC data available in the 1920′s, WWII, 1972-1973, we don’t have what I’d call good physically measured surface weather data until after the ’73 gap. The ’50s to the gap isn’t bad, but any annual average before then is based on so few samples, it’s not a good average, and any pattern drawn from them is likely spurious. CRU’s global temp suffers with the same problem, when I compared the NCDC stations to CRU’s land data, CRU had an almost identical set of stations.

    Now you want to pick a handful of stations with long records, at least its real measurments. But not a lot better than picking “the” average spot and just getting the global temp from there.

  284. vukcevic says:
    July 31, 2013 at 8:19 am
    you will realise there is a limit to anyone’s knowledge.
    Not to the many Mr-Know-It-Alls posting on WUWT. But show the whole series, don’t cut off the beginning and the end.

  285. Matthew R Marler says:

    Leif Svalgaard: I have collected the comments from tallbloke and myself into a narrative and posted that as a comment on his blog [he had already posted some of mine].

    It would probably be of interest to many of us if you put it up somewhere and gave us a link. As long as it has everything without post-hoc editing.

    I admire your stamina and detailed responses.

  286. Pamela Gray says:

    I think it is reasonable to say that Jupiter, in its current state, may not be capable of solar interaction of the kind researchers speculate were active when it was new and hot. It makes perfect sense that early conditions in newly forming galaxies and solar systems help form unique characteristics we see later on but that are no longer acting in the present. Nature demonstrates this all over the place.

    Those (including me) who consider themselves to be armchair climate thought-experiment investigators should be careful not to read into peer-reviewed published research conclusions that were actually not there to begin with. In addition, we should be doubly careful regarding media reports of research. Even when done by the authors themselves.

  287. herkimer says:

    Here is what I understand

    we have had a group of small solar cycles every ~100 years. Since 1798

    cycles were small like SC 5,6 and 7 and again SC 12,13 and 14 and possibly [ 24 ,25 & 26 in the future],

    when solar flux is below 100 ( range 70-100) or sunspot # below approx 40 , global cooling seems to set in

    cooling seems present during last three major solar minimums . 1645-1715, 1790-1820, 1880-1910

    cooling seems to set in at the end of long solar cycles [ 7 + years after last solar maximum year] like SC 9,13,14 and 20

    cooling seems extra strong during zero sunspot years like 1645-1715 and around 1810[ but especially the decades 1670-1700]

    these seenms to be a 110+ year long climate cycle with cooling starting 1670, 1780, 1890 and now 2000

    60 year ocean SST cycle [ Pacific and Atlantic] see Bob Tisdale graphs

    Ocean cycles and solar cycles not always in sync [ see 1940’s and 1950’s]

    In my opinion there is a definite solar connection here and it may take quantum science in our future and not the current classical physics to solve it. My bet is that as the current solar cycle winds down to its minimum watch the global temperatures drop for the next 20-30 years especially the winter temperatures and including this winter . UK may have another near 2010 winter experience and more such winters to come .

  288. Pamela Gray says:

    Herkimer, that is the worst comment posted yet. Reminds of the days when female hippies called their menstrual cycles “lunar”. Correlation alone is the lowest form of research understanding I have encountered and should be challenged whenever it crops up.

  289. Matthew R Marler says:

    Leif Svalgaard: I see a blatant lie as the word ‘keeping’ does not appear in her paper at all….
    Nor ‘it’s possible’. The quote is a fabrication. This exposes you as dishonest. And utterly destroys your credibility [if any].

    I think that you went overboard there. tallbloke directed you to read the paper. The quote was not in the paper, which you pointed out. The quote was in a press release quoting the author,, which tallbloke pointed out. Thus it was not a “fabrication”, merely an apparently accurate quote by the author of the paper, but not in the paper. The interchange between you and tallbloke was pretty informative up to that point. Since the quote was not a “fabrication”, it did not “expose [tallbrook] as dishonest” or “utterly destroy [tallbrook's] credibility.”

  290. Willis Eschenbach says:

    Bart says:
    July 31, 2013 at 12:06 am

    Willis Eschenbach says:
    July 30, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Willis – of course you are not going to see a relationship in the way you are doing it.

    Sorry to be so dense, Bart, but I don’t get your meaning. A relationship between what and what? Sunspots and astronomy? Climate and the sun? The sun and Jupiter?

    w.

  291. Jim Arndt says:

    tallbloke says:
    July 31, 2013 at 12:35 am
    Scafetta’s new paper lists observations which show the Sun burns slightly brighter on the hemisphere facing the centre of mass of the system, which almost always where Jupiter is.

    Has this been confirmed by SOURCE, the TIM unit should show that variation in the TSI reading. I have not seen that show up in the data. As for tidal effects I don’t see how you can compare other planets to Jupiter when it appears that Jupiter’s orbit is unusual for planets that size. But you are still trying to compare Jupiter’s millimeter tidal effects to those planets kilometer tidal effects. Not to mention that many of these planets orbit at extremely fast rates (days not hundreds of years).

  292. ralfellis says:

    (Sorry Leif, I think you missed my comment)

    .
    .

    ralfellis says:
    July 31, 2013 at 3:59 am
    ralfellis says: July 30, 2013 at 12:33 pm
    Tallbloke posted a graph of his ‘planetary index’ closely following the SSN for 150 years, but you have not explained why you disagree with this graph.

    Leif Svalgaard says: July 30, 2013 at 12:47 pm
    I pointed out that the ‘close’ match [which is not that close to begin with, IMHO] has broken down for the last cycle. This often happens for spurious correlations.
    _________________________________

    Dear Leif,

    So you are not disputing Tallbloke’s data or methodology, just whether his results have any meaning or not. Presumably you think this is conformity is coincidence rather than causal – but why?

    I would have thought that a phenomina that tracks the SSN for 15 or so cycles must have some merit. The Warmist Bedwetters are claiming a link between CO2 and climate based upon just half a cycle, and yet you think there is no merit in something that mimicks and follows fifteen full cycles?

    Your main problem appears to be recent discontinuity in the data. However, while I am not a scientist, I do have a gyroscope that will go through many precessionary cycles, and then have a fit and do something else, and then settle back into its original cycles. I am sure you must be familliar with many systems that break their cycle for a while.

    .

  293. Matthew R Marler says:
    July 31, 2013 at 9:10 am
    I think that you went overboard there. tallbloke directed you to read the paper. The quote was not in the paper, which you pointed out. The quote was in a press release quoting the author,, which tallbloke pointed out.
    Possibly, however Tallbloke presented the quote as if it was from the paper [in the same paragraph that pointed to the paper]. The press release is at variance with the paper [press releases often are]. That was glossed over and Tallbloke tried to pass the press release as the real thing, while the paper says otherwise; that is the problem. In the link to NASA on his blog the quote did not appear. Only after my prodding did the email from NASA appear.
    I know Katja and her papers [have linked to them in presentations I have given]. I have emailed her today to get her take on this. We shall see.

  294. ralfellis says:
    July 31, 2013 at 9:23 am
    I am sure you must be familliar with many systems that break their cycle for a while.
    A sure sign of a spurious correlation is that it holds for a while, but then falters when new data is added. This is the case here. The correlation in question also fails going back in time, but that Tallbloke ‘is too busy to bullied into showing’.

  295. Bart says:

    Spence_UK says:
    July 31, 2013 at 5:05 am

    There very likely is some shade of red noise in the data, though our resolution is necessarily so low in that regime that it is difficult to identify. However, the 131 year cycle is A) apparent in the raw data B) a natural outcome of the rectification of 20 and 23.6 year energy concentrations.The three peaks in the PSD at 10, 10.8, and 11.8 are consistent with this interpretation. I will grant you the 131 year one is hard to see in the particular linked PSD plot, but that is only because I traded off resolution at the low end with smoothness at the high end.

    lgl says:
    July 31, 2013 at 7:09 am

    “Well, to me 131 is more like ~130, definitely not the same as Leifs ~100 yrs.”

    Because it is the result of a difference of similarly sized terms, the error bars are expansive. I don’t quibble with what may well reasonably be +/- 30%.

    “And I don’t understand why it’s any more real than the 10.8 yr beat cycle.”

    The 10.8 year looks real to me. Maybe I’m just not sure what you mean when you say these are not “real”.

    To All:

    What Leif does not get is the following. Let’s suppose I have a system of the form

    d^2/dt^2(x) + w^2 * x = 0

    and another of the form

    d^2/dt^2(y) + 2*w^2 * y – (dy/dt)^2/(2*y) = 0

    where d^2/dt^2(x) is the second derivative of x and so forth.

    The solution of the first equation is harmonic with radial frequency w. The second one has a solution of a constant plus a harmonic at 2w. Yet, these equations describe the same system and, in fact, y = 0.5 * x^2. If they are given consistent initial conditions, they will evolve consistently with one another. But, the solution to the first is simpler, and more fundamental, as it includes the polarity information.

    Leif has an unfortunate hidebound tendency to treat with contempt anything with which he is not familiar. It’s too bad, because it is holding him back. He has nobody to blame but himself.

  296. Bart says:

    Willis Eschenbach says:
    July 31, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Were you not looking for correlation between Sunspots and temperature anomaly?

  297. Willis Eschenbach says:

    Nicola Scafetta says:
    July 30, 2013 at 1:05 am

    Anthony published another piece of junk written by Willis.

    It is evident to me that Anthony and Willis are behaving quite dishonestly by trying to defame my research.

    So, tell me, how can Anthony and Willis be trusted further? They are really doing some dirty game to defame my research or they are simply incompetent.

    Despite the defamation attempts of Anthony and Willis who simply are trying to deal with something bigger than themselves, I continue to publish on the topic.

    Nicola, up until you poked your head up yesterday and started attacking me, I didn’t mention your name once. Not once, not until your nasty comment. Search the thread. Not in the head post. Not in the comments. I didn’t say one single word about you until you jumped up and accused me of “trying to defame” your research.

    So tell me, Nicola … how was I “trying to defame your research” when I didn’t mention your name once? Sometimes, Nicola, it’s NOT all about you.

    I very carefully and very deliberately didn’t say one single damn word about you, because I didn’t want you to show up and spoil the thread with another of your childish hissy fits … and despite my efforts, you come back accusing me of trying to defame you?

    Defame you? How? With secret subliminal messages? Invisible electronic ink? Coded memes hidden in the innocent-seeming innocent text about periodicity analysis?

    Or perhaps it was with an outgrowth of the new field, “Climate Steganography“, where complex messages can be hidden in plain sight in graphs of the climate …

    Get a grip, son, your paranoia is overtaking you, you’re starting to lose the plot. There’s no need for me or anyone else to “defame” you, you’re doing a very creditable job of that yourself.

    w.

    PS—You still haven’t answered the simple questions put to you. You still haven’t revealed your data or your methods. You still haven’t taken Joe Born’s test. In fact, you’re still in hiding, you haven’t done a damn thing.

    So your claims of being the victim here are a sick joke. When you start acting like a scientist, honestly and transparently revealing your code and data, people will start treating you like one. Until then … not so much.

  298. Bart says:
    July 31, 2013 at 9:49 am
    Let’s suppose I have a system of the form d^2/dt^2(x) + w^2 * x = 0
    The problem is that the Sun is not such a system [nor the other one you peddle].

  299. Bart says:

    Leif Svalgaard says:
    July 31, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Pitiful. No skin off my nose.

  300. Bart says:
    July 31, 2013 at 9:58 am
    Pitiful. No skin off my nose.
    As you said: “Think whatever you like”

  301. vukcevic says:

    Leif Svalgaard says:
    July 31, 2013 at 8:23 am
    But show the whole series, don’t cut off the beginning and the end.
    Yep, whole lot; but you would not go there (science is settled).
    Well sir it is not either on Ap or the Land temperatures.
    http://www.vukcevic.talktalk.net/Ap-LT.htm
    What is going on there?
    Looks like God is playing 60 year cycle game.
    See you.

  302. vukcevic says:
    July 31, 2013 at 10:23 am
    Looks like God is playing 60 year cycle game.
    Looks like Vuk is playing the +/-3,4,6 game and that he has discovered global warming.

  303. Willis , you have NO concept of solar climate relationships.

    You have no concept of thresholds, which is why you cannot see the solar /climate relationships.

    Worse yet you have no alternative explanations for why the climate changes abrupty and why it has switched from one climatic regime to another climate regime.

    You don’t understand when certain solar parameters are not met which is the case with the so called 11 year sunspot cycle that solar changes within that cycle will be obscured by other factors , such as Pdo/Amo phase, volcanic activity, enso, ocean heat content ,,atmospheric circulation variations etc etc. Example the AO, AAO index.
    You also don’t understand the number of years of active solar years prior to the start of a quiet solar period has an impact , the earth’s magnetic field role, the beginning state of the climate,lag times etc etc.

    You can’t grasp if certain solar parameters are met which have a degree of magnitude strong enough and duration of time long enough that those solar paramenters and the secondary effects that come about will start to change the climate and even bring the climate to threshold conditions.

    In my opinion solar conditons have not had a profound effect on the climate since we came out of the Dalton Solar Minimum. The strong solar activity in general resulting in what we essentially have now with variations plus or minus .7c due to the factors I had listed above that can obscure minor solar changes within it’s 11 year sunspot cycle..

    I expected that to be the case, but since Oct 2005 the real start of this current prolonged solar minimum, this will change going forward.

    Reasons why the temperature response is slow thus far are the current very weak max. of solar cycle 24, ocean heat content build up from last centuries very strong solar activity, and the limited number of sub- solar years of activity (2005) following many years of very active solar activity.

    .

    solar parameters needed

    solar flux sub 90 to start but sub 72 needed evenually for years

    solar wind sub 350 km/sec at least, probably suub 300 km/sec

    ap index 5.0 or lower 90% of the time

    solar irradiance off.2% UV extrem light off upwards of 50%

    When those conditions are met and then if the climate does not respond ,will you, Leif ,and those who agree with your stance be correct.

    Arguments all of you are making now are nonsence, and ridiculous, since solar conditions anf the secondary changes associated with those solar changes have yet to be met, which will exert an influence on the climate..

  304. Spence_UK says:

    From Leif:

    11.00±0.06 10.03±0.05 10.61±0.08 102.07±7.83 11.86±0.14 449.24±94.61 8.46±0.05 13.08±0.17 8.12±0.08 63.80±5.02 9.40±0.09 43.56±1.42
    10.34±0.11 28.55±1.02 in decreasing order of size.

    OK, taking out all of the ones closely associated with known physical 11 yr cycle, we are left with (in decreasing order):
    102.07±7.83
    449.24±94.61
    63.80±5.02
    43.56±1.42
    28.55±1.02
    … all in the correct order for 1/f noise, with one exception – the 449 year peak, which I suspect is underestimated in magnitude due to trying to estimate a 449 year cycle in just 311 years of data, which can be seen from the huge uncertainty in the cycle length.

  305. Spence_UK says:
    July 31, 2013 at 10:44 am
    … all in the correct order for 1/f noise, with one exception – the 449 year peak,
    From Lomb’s paper: “The analysis was repeated with the sunspot numbers modified following the scheme proposed by Svalgaard [5]. Results similar to those with the unmodified data are obtained though, as expected, with changes to the longer term periods. The longer term periods equivalent to f01 to f05 in table 1 become, 99.79, 67.32, 54.19, 170.49 and 44.31 years. The long trend period f02 from table 1 is now gone [that was the 449 year peak], but the period around 100 years remains with the modulation by this period obvious in a visual examination of a plot of the modified sunspot number data. Most interestingly, all five of these longer-term periods in the modified sunspot data are subharmonics of the main 11-year periodicity. “

  306. Bart says:
    July 31, 2013 at 9:58 am
    Pitiful.
    Here is a modern approach to fitting the solar cycles http://www.ann-geophys.net/26/231/2008/angeo-26-231-2008.pdf assuming non-linear dynamics. You may study their Figure 4.

  307. Yall are missing the wood for the trees .What we are dealing with is a multivariate systen of quasi cyclic processes of different frequencies in which resonances fade in and out with time.The cyclists are making somewhat the same mistake as the modellers in trying to be more precise than is
    possible with our current databases and knowledge of the mechanisms involved.Nature is more fuzzy than the usual mathematics allows. It is possible to make predictions by standing back and looking at patterns which can be projected forward for limited periods To see a perfectly usable forecast for the coming cooling see http://climatesense-norpag.blogspot.

  308. Exactly Dr. Norman Page.

  309. vukcevic says:

    Leif Svalgaard says:
    July 31, 2013 at 10:28 am
    Looks like Vuk is playing the +/-3,4,6 game and that he has discovered global warming.

    But have you looked at change over points? They are the same as for the sunspot N/S hemisphere asymmetry (3rd graph down)
    http://www.vukcevic.talktalk.net/Ap-LT.htm
    You believe in 105 year cycle, don’t you?
    It is in the Ap – GT too correlation too, only that you didn’t know of it before.
    Well now you know!
    :)

  310. vukcevic says:
    July 31, 2013 at 11:03 am
    Well now you know!
    “It is not what you know that gets you in trouble, it is what you know that ain’t”

  311. They will learn the hard way, but I predict they will never own up to being wrong.
    They lack in showing an understanding of the climate.

    The models will never work, they can’t account for feedbacks and how those feedbacks can lead to thresholds, they(the models) do not have the correct beginning state of the climate, they do not have complete data or comprehensive ennough data to make any kind of a reliable climate forecast.
    The co2 /warmer temp. projections these models keep putting forth are utter nonsense.

    This decade ends all of this once and for all

  312. Leif will never admit to being wrong he had made up his mind that only solar irradiance can change the climate and only .1c ,and that is where it starts and ends.

    Everything else is all in our imaginations and worse yet he has NO alternative explanations.

    Nothing like like a closed mind.

  313. Spence_UK says:

    Leif, that’s quite consistent with 1/f noise – that the peaks near to or longer than the time series are very difficult to estimate, so small changes to the input result in big changes to the output, but the values shorter than the time series which can be reliably estimated give consistent ordering as would be expected from 1/f noise.

    The relationship between the subharmonics and the 11 year cycle are interesting, but if they were a direct result of the 11 year cycle, why would you expect the lowest frequency to have the highest magnitude? This is expected from 1/f noise, but would be odd as a subharmonic from a known cycle.

  314. Salvatore Del Prete says:
    July 31, 2013 at 11:11 am
    Nothing like a closed mind.
    Perhaps preferable to one that is so open that the brain has fallen out…

  315. Spence_UK says:
    July 31, 2013 at 11:12 am
    The relationship between the subharmonics and the 11 year cycle are interesting, but if they were a direct result of the 11 year cycle, why would you expect the lowest frequency to have the highest magnitude? This is expected from 1/f noise, but would be odd as a subharmonic from a known cycle.
    I’m not sure what it means, for now it is just a curious item.

  316. I must say I am pleased we have people like Leif ,Willis, and the AGW crowd in general who keep insisting they are correct. When the time comes (very soon) they fall.

    Once this solar weak maximum ends things start to happen.

    I can’t wait because I think I am correct , and past history lends much support ,something they don’t address and ignore because it does not fit with their present mode of thinking.

    If by chance I am wrong I will unlike them admit it.

  317. The link to enlightenment in my earlier post should be
    http://climatesense-norpag.blogspot.com

  318. Leif, why don’t you post a graph showing us sunspots versus temperature changes since 1600-present? Then explain why the correlation between the two does not exist.

  319. Exactly my argument Dr. Page.

    Leif will say no,no,no it can’t be it is not true it is all in our imaginations.

  320. HenryP says:

    @dr Norman Page

    agreed that experimental data is the best to use for forecasting, all these other things are just that: cycle mania….
    This investigation of mine might interest you,

    1 I took a random sample of weather stations that had daily data
    2 I made sure the sample was globally representative (most data sets aren’t)
    a) balanced by latitude (longitude does not matter)
    b) balanced 70/30 in or at sea/ inland
    c) all continents included (unfortunately I could not get reliable daily data going back 38 years from Antarctica,
    so there always is this question mark about that, knowing that you never can get a “perfect” sample)
    d) I made a special provision for months with missing data (not to put in a long term average, as usual in stats)
    e) I did not look only at means (average daily temp.) like all other data sets, but also at maxima and minima…
    3) I determined at all stations the average change in temp. per annum from the average temperature recorded,over the period indicated.
    4) the end results on the bottom of the first table (on maximum temperatures),
    clearly showed a drop in the speed of warming that started around 38 years ago, and continued to drop every
    other period I looked//…
    look at the bottom of the first table for the 4 relevant results
    http://blogs.24.com/henryp/2013/02/21/henrys-pool-tables-on-global-warmingcooling/
    5) I did a linear fit, on those 4 results for the drop in the speed of global maximum temps,
    ended up with y=0.0018x -0.0314, with r2=0.96
    At that stage I was sure to know that there was a realtionship!
    I was at least 95% sure (max) temperatures were falling
    6) On same maxima data, a polynomial fit, of 2nd order, i.e. parabolic, gave me
    y= -0.000049×2 + 0.004267x – 0.056745
    r2=0.995
    That is very high, showing a natural relationship, like the traject of somebody throwing a ball…
    7) projection on the above parabolic fit backward, (10 years?) showed a curve:
    8) ergo: the final curve must be a sine wave fit, with another curve happening, somewhere on the bottom…
    http://blogs.24.com/henryp/2012/10/02/best-sine-wave-fit-for-the-drop-in-global-maximum-temperatures/
    If that fit is correct, max. global cooling speed will be reached around 2016, (+ 2-3 years error),
    and global warming will not start again until 2038.

    It seems to me your timing is a bit out?

  321. Jim Arndt says:

    Salvatore Del Prete says:
    July 31, 2013 at 11:18 am

    I must say I am pleased we have people like Leif ,Willis, and the AGW crowd in general who keep insisting they are correct. When the time comes (very soon) they fall.

    Once this solar weak maximum ends things start to happen.

    Why don’t you ask Anthony to do a guest post here for all to see and we can hash it out with you?

  322. The meridional atm. circulation in response to very low solar activity will be a big player.

    I think the very high latitudes with this type of pattern may actually show slightly above normal temp. while the middle to high latitudes of the N.H. wil show the largest declines and the very low latidues very little change, but overall significant N.H. cooling.

  323. herkimer says:

    PAMELA GRAY
    Instead of just making negative comments about other people’s understanding, why don’t you post your version of the correct science if you are so much superior in your knowledge . When there is deep disagreement about the science, then new ideas based on good and extensive correlation has often led to new scientific understanding. You seem to be unaware of how discoveries in science have been made in the past. Lets wait and see how the climate develops as this solar cycle winds down and we will all see whose comment was the correct one .

  324. Henry Clark says:

    The most sensitive, responsive, and accurate global temperature observations we have are the satellite temperatures of the lower troposphere. We’ve had them for three full solar cycles at this point. So if the sunspots (or anything associated with them, TSI or cosmic rays) has a significant effect on global temperatures, we would see it in the satellite temperatures. Here’s that record:

    scatterplot uah ltt vs sunspots

    Figure 12. A graph showing the effect of the sunspots on the lower tropospheric temperatures. There is a slight decrease in lower tropospheric temperature with increasing sunspots, but it is far from statistically significance.

    The article doesn’t state the software used to create that plot. I can’t directly inspect whatever exact file was used to make it, to survey for errors and for exactly where that combo of a solar-temperature scatterplot and conclusions first went wrong.

    But such fails verification as in the following:

    Let’s illustrate what happens if trying to replicate that scatterplot. Let’s work in a more transparent and more easily verifiable manner, through public uploading of a straightforward spreadsheet creating a plot:

    Except, more relevantly, I’ll use the Kiel neutron count (cosmic rays) from Eschenbach’s link as annual averages over its period of available neutron count data (1958-2007): ftp://ftp.ngdc.noaa.gov/STP/SOLAR_DATA/COSMIC_RAYS/STATION_DATA/Kiel/docs/kiel.tab

    For temperature, again I’ll use annual average data since monthly figures would just add extra weather noise and a vast bulk of surplus numbers needing to be handled & error-checked.

    Saving me time, NCEP reanalysis global 2 meter air temperature history is given up until 2002 in annual averages as tmp2g at http://rda.ucar.edu/datasets/ds090.0/docs/papers/Tchng/temps.txt

    (Although Eschenbach’s article doesn’t directly link the UAH temperature data he used, I can find UAH temperature history at http://woodfortrees.org/data/uah, but extra work would be involved in converting such to annual averages, so I’ll stick with simpler NCEP data import right now).

    For the first illustration, let’s do the years from 1958 to 2002 since that is when both datasets overlap, when both are conveniently available.

    So let’s import the above data into a spreadsheet (using the most common spreadsheet software, Microsoft Excel).

    Here is an image of the resulting scatterplot, plus some other illustrations as well:

    http://s18.postimg.org/54ua3q255/gcrtempp.gif

    (Click again to enlarge).

    For allowing further verification, the spreadsheet itself is uploaded at http://depositfiles.com/files/vr3twg8hs

    Willis Eschenbach says:
    July 30, 2013 at 7:23 pm
    However, look at the size of the trend—for every hundred sunspots, the land is (supposedly) cooling by three hundredths of a degree … and max sunspots is about 200. So the maximum effect, IF it were statistically significant, is a COOLING as the sun’s activity INCREASES, of about six hundredths of a degree.

    No. The scatterplot linked above in this post (which, unlike your scatterplot, includes the exact spreadsheet file used to plot it for easy verification) has a trendline of around 0.288 degrees Celsius cooling when neutron count increases by 20%. And so it has substantial warming when neutron count decreases.

    As can be seen in the .xls file, that trendline is fit by the unbiased automatic feature of Microsoft Excel, so there is no bias from me there, simply what the data generates.

    Decreased neutron count occurs when fewer galactic cosmic rays penetrate the interplanetary magnetic field and solar wind. There are fewer neutrons when solar activity is strong, when the sun heavily deflects GCRs. In other words, more solar activity causes fewer white reflective cooling clouds to be seeded. More solar activity causes warming.

    And neutron count (cosmic ray flux) varies by a substantial percentage over the decades, let alone over the centuries, far more so than TSI which varies less.

    I did the 44 years from 1958 to 2002 in this particular fast and simple illustration, since that was when those two convenient annual-average online text data files overlapped. However, additional illustrations include http://s18.postimg.org/l3973i6hk/moreadded.jpg

  325. Jim Arndt says:

    hhmmmm comment in moderation??

  326. Spence_UK says:

    @Leif

    Even more curious that the subharmonics should be 4, 5, 6 … then 9. What happened to 7 and 8? Odds missing or evens missing would make sense… but 7 and 8 missing is peculiar. Of course the spectrum is less resolved at that point, but an amalgamation of several subharmonics wouldn’t sit anywhere near 99 years, it would be pulled towards the others.

    Hmmm

  327. Bart says:

    Leif Svalgaard says:
    July 31, 2013 at 10:52 am

    You just don’t get it. I am not contradicting any of this. I am explaining the mathematics, and how an equivalent system which gives greater insight into the underlying dynamics can be formulated.

    My demonstration above was not a model of the Sun, but a model of a simple system to explain a concept, that a change of state variables can produce an equivalent system representation which provides more insight into the fundamental properties of the system. And, when I say equivalent, I mean precisely equivalent. There exists an equivalent dynamical representation to the equations with which you are familiar which reduces to one dominated by two modes, one with a resonance period at 20 years, and one with a resonance period of 23.6 years.

    An approximate system description would be one which models those two modes as a linear time invariant system as I showed here. Approximate system descriptions are the bedrock of engineering. They provide tractable models which can be easily solved, and for which global system properties can be, at least approximately, gleaned.

    Whatever knowledge you have of this system, it is crippled by your lack of mathematical skill, and insistence on nevertheless playing the part of a technical prima donna.

    Dr Norman Page says:
    July 31, 2013 at 10:54 am

    Agreed.

  328. Tuesday, July 30, 2013Skillful ( so far ) Thirty year Climate Forecast – 3 year Update and Latest Cooling Estimate.
    1. Original Forecast v Reality.

    In the last few months there have been numerous discussions on the WUWT site and amongst establishment scientists questioning the validity of climate models as a source of useful predictions about future temperature trends.Notably, the UK Met Office has reported on “The Recent Pause in Global Warming” for which they have no good explanation.The fact is that,as will be discussed later, their models are incorrectly structured and the modelling approach is inherently useless for making predictions.A much better approach is to recognise and project forward quasi-cyclic quasi-repetitive patterns in the temperature, oceanic sytem and solar driver data as was done in the 30 year forecast reviewed here.
    Here are extracts from the original (6/18/10) 30 Year Forecast and the 2012 update which readers can check against the last 3 years of data and their own experience.

    6/18/10
    “The geologic record shows clearly that the sun is the main climate driver. The Milankovitch multi-millennial orbital cycles in NH insolation are firmly established in the record as are the Schwab and deVries cycles. Other millennial and decadal variations in solar activity are present in the record. TSI is not the only or even the best indicator of solar activity – variations in EUV radiation and the GCR flux (via cloud formation and earth’s albedo) seem to be more important on decadal and centennial scales . Earth’s climate is the result of complex resonances between all these solar cycles with the lunar declination cycles and endogenous earth processes.
    At this time the sun has entered a quiet phase with a dramatic drop in solar magnetic field strength since 2004. This suggests the likelihood of a cooling phase on earth with Solar Cycles 21, 22 ,23 equivalent to Solar Cycles 2,3,4, and the delayed Cycle 24 comparable with Cycle 5 so that a Dalton type minimum is probable “. …………………………
    “There will be a steeper temperature gradient from the tropics to the poles so that violent thunderstorms with associated flooding and tornadoes will be more frequent in the USA, At the same time the jet stream will swing more sharply North – South thus local weather in the Northern hemisphere in particular will be generally more variable with occasional more northerly heat waves and more southerly unusually cold snaps. In the USA hurricanes may strike the east coast with greater frequency in summer and storm related blizzards more common in winter.
    The southern continents will be generally cooler with more frequent droughts and frost and snow in winter,
    Arctic and Antarctic sea ice may react differentially to an average global cooling. We might expect sea ice to increase in the Antarctic but in the NH the Arctic

  329. Spence_UK says:
    July 31, 2013 at 11:53 am
    Even more curious that the subharmonics should be 4, 5, 6 … then 9….
    The sun is not an oscillator so one has to be a bit careful with applying standard signal-processing concepts to the solar ‘cycle’ [this is what Bart doesn't get]. The Sun is a messy place.

  330. Bart says:
    July 31, 2013 at 12:04 pm
    Whatever knowledge you have of this system, it is crippled by your lack of mathematical skill
    Apart from you having no knowledge of my skill, the Sun is a messy physical place and not a ‘system’ in the engineering sense.

    and insistence on nevertheless playing the part of a technical prima donna</i?
    Your assessment of my part is of little or no interest.

  331. The above is a small part of what Dr. Norman Page just put forth.

    Leif tell us why this just is not so. Give us an alternative explanation. You have no alternative explanation.

  332. Henry, Willis does not have a clue.

  333. I would be glad to but I will give you my argument.

  334. HenryP says:

    @henry clark

    the problem here is that as we have obvious (global) cooling from the top, the differential between the equator and the poles increases. This leads to more clouds and precipitation at lower latitudes 30>x>-30 and less moisture is available for the higher latitudes >[40]. Insolation at the equator is 684 and on average it is 342, meaning the global cooling (from the top) is amplified by the cooling 30>x>-30….(deflection of sunlight by more clouds at lower latitudes)
    I suspect these are the types of interactions dr. Page is talking about. How to predict cycles from the sun having an effect on the weather on earth, if we know such interactions exist? Still, I think by looking at the flooding of the Nile, William Arnold got it right, mostly.

  335. salvatore del prete says:
    July 13, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    I think the start of the temperature decline will commence within six months of the end of solar cycle 24 maximum and should last for at least 30+ years.
    My question is how does the decline take shape, is it slow and gradual or in jagged movements as thresholds are met. I think some jagged movements then a leveling off then another jerk etc etc. Will thresholds be met?

    I KNOW THEY ARE OUT THERE.

    I think the maximum of solar cycle 24 ends within 6 months, and once the sun winds down from this maximum it is going to be extremely quiet.

    Solar flux sub 72, although sub 90 is probably low enough.
    Solar Wind sub 350 km/sec.
    AP INDEX 5.0 or lower 98+ % of the time.
    Solar Irradiance off .2% or greater.
    UV light off upwards of 50% in the extreme short wavelengths.

    This condition was largely acheived in years 2008-2010 but the number of sub- solar years of activity proceeding these readings back then was only 3 or 4 years, this time it will be over 8+ years of sub- solar activity, and no weak solar maximum will be forthcoming.

    Lag times come into play mostly due to the oceans.

    It is clear that the greenhouse effect ,how effective it is ,is a result of energy coming into and leaving the earth climatic system. The warmer the oceans the more effective the greenhouse effect and vice versa.

    With oceans cooling in response to a decrease in solar visible light the amounts of co2/water vapor will be on the decrease thus making the greenhouse effect less effective going forward. At the same time the albedo of earth will be on the increase due to more low clouds,ice and snow cover.

    ROUTE CAUSE OF THE CLIMATE TO CHANGE

    Very weak solar magnetic fields, and a declining weak unstable geomagnetic field, and all the secondary feedbacks associated with this condition.

    SOME SECONDARY EFFECTS WITH WEAK MAGNETIC FIELDS

    weaker solar irradiance
    weaker solar wind
    increase in cosmic rays
    increase in volcanic activity
    decrease in ocean heat content
    a more meridional atmospheric circulation
    more La Ninas ,less El Ninos
    cold Pdo /Amo

    I say the start of a significant cooling period is on our doorstep, it is months away. Once solar cycle 24 maximum ends it starts.

    This has happened 18 times in the past 7500 years(little ice ages and or cooling periods ) ,number 19 is going to take place now.

    Two of the most recent ones are the Maunder Minimum(1645-1700) and the Dalton Minimum(1790-1830).

    I say this one 2014- 2050??

    Reply

  336. Henry Clark Your numbers look very good to me.They would fit well with my cooling forecast at http:// climatesense-norpag.blogspot.com – latest post.
    Whatever the mechanisms behind the correlation it is perhaps the key forecasting relationship in this whole climate business.We just need Leif to figure out what the mechanisms are.

  337. Pamela Gray says:

    That solar energy less that TSI (and all other components have less energy than TSI) cannot measurably change climate patterns is easy to refute. It takes a GREAT DEAL OF ENERGY to change climate patterns out of natural status quo variation to warmer or colder temperature shifts. That math result tells me that anything the Sun throws at us in the short or long term is not strong enough to be the driver. So the highly variable parameters intrinsic to Earth must be investigated for potential drivers of climate pattern changes. Sure enough there are a number of parameters on Earth that can build the energy necessary, slowly or rather suddenly, to shift climate patterns in the short and long term.

  338. The above post is my argument Jim Arndt.I have an explanation with specifics. I will argue this against any theory that is out there. I would more then glad to have an interview.

  339. Pamela you don’t understand thresholds and secondary solar climatic effects, so you will forever keep thinking the way you think.

    The sun is the driver of the climate system, so any change in it, if it reaches a certain degree of magnitude and duration of time is going to change the climate.

    Pamela what is your explanation for abrupt climatic change which has happened many many times in the past?

  340. Salvatore Del Prete says:
    July 31, 2013 at 12:15 pm
    Leif tell us why this just is not so.
    some things are not even wrong. some things are just plain hand waving. some things are wishful thinking, some things are … Which one is yours?

  341. Pamela read my post. Also past history clearly shows solar magnetic field strength /climate connection. Also the geo magnetic field comes into play.

    But the secondary effects, you just don’t get, hence your way of thinking.

  342. I am waiting for Leif to give us a comprehensive explanation (like I did) as to why the climate changes, and sometimes abruptly.

    I have an explanation, with specifics and with an expected end result.

  343. Bart says:

    Leif Svalgaard says:
    July 31, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    “The sun is not an oscillator so one has to be a bit careful with applying standard signal-processing concepts to the solar ‘cycle’ [this is what Bart doesn't get].”

    Which is basically an admission you haven’t a clue what I have been talking about.

    Leif Svalgaard says:
    July 31, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    “…the Sun is a messy physical place and not a ‘system’ in the engineering sense.”

    Any system which obeys the laws of nature is such in an engineering sense.

  344. agfosterjr says:

    Let’s not mix our arguments: long term orbital forcing (Milankovitch cycles) is one thing; short term solar forcing is another; planetary solar forcing is still another (about which NP’s site says not a word). Correlation between Milankovitch cycles and ice ages is superb; the mechanism is obvious. Correlation between sunspots and Parana River flow is about as good, but the mechanism is not obvious. Correlation between planets and the sun is highly subjective to say the least, as are proposed mechanisms.

    Does correlation imply causation? Of course. Ask the rooster. The sun never comes up when he forgets to crow. Ask a Babylonian cosmologist. The morning star brings the dawn whether you can see it or not. And the dawn brings the sun on clear days. The sun never shines at night. No exceptions. Correlation is perfect and causation is implied, but no mechanism is evident. Cause should precede effect but dawn precedes sunrise. Only with a round earth is nighttime interpreted as shade.

    Plate tectonics ultimately beg the question: a plastic mantle is required for drift. Wegener showed superb correlation but could not provide a convincing mechanism. A leap of faith was required for any brainwashed by the dogma that the earth was solid. Darwin suggested that nature’s selective breeding could eventually lead to speciation, and provided numerous examples where this seemed to be the case. Ultimately the argument consists of explaining shared traits: should a whale be classed with fish or with bats? Darwin removed the question from the realm of the academic to the real world, but an immutable array of flora and fauna was hardly different from a solid earth. Paradigm change requires the extinction of preconceived notions.

    If one believes that every letter of the Bible was written by God, and each letter has a numerical value, it is truly amazing what equations may be “discovered,” and each discovery increases one’s confidence in the validity of the method. Kepler devoted intense study to correlating the planets’ orbits with the Platonic solids: cube, tetrahedron, etc. When math gets ahead of observation it becomes metaphysics. And people can drive a car without learning calculus and put a puzzle together without the help of a statistician. The eyeball is better than any statistical method.

    Darwin and Wegener spent their lives observing, not modeling. Kepler was the quintessential modeler. He wasted more time than a climate scientist. As Kepler showed, it’s hard to distinguish between “observing” and “inventing” correlation, and I’m having trouble telling the difference here. –AGF

  345. Bart says:
    July 31, 2013 at 12:45 pm
    Which is basically an admission you haven’t a clue what I have been talking about.
    What you have been talking about is not the Sun and has no applicability to solar activity ‘cycles’.

    Any system which obeys the laws of nature is such in an engineering sense.
    You are watering down the concept to the point where it is void of meaning. A better definition would that a system in an engineering sense consists of components that are designed to work together, i.e. have purpose.

  346. milodonharlani says:

    agfosterjr says:
    July 31, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    You mean “raises” not “begs” the question. “Begging the question” is the name of a logical fallacy, which means essentially assuming what you intend to demonstrate.

    Sorry to be didactic, but this is a growing, annoying error.

  347. Leif graph sunspots versus temp. going back to 1600 ad . Show us the no connection.

  348. Henry Clark says:

    Dr Norman Page says:
    July 31, 2013 at 12:26 pm:
    Henry Clark Your numbers look very good to me. They would fit well with my cooling forecast at http:// climatesense-norpag.blogspot.com – latest post.

    Thanks and agreed (especially with points 1-3 and 8-9 in the forecast summary).

  349. Henry Clark says:

    Salvatore Del Prete says:
    July 31, 2013 at 12:19 pm
    “Henry, Willis does not have a clue.”

    Well, I’m hoping he replies to my scatterplot post if online later today, especially since the time involved in verifying the short premade spreadsheet would be much less than he must have spent creating the original graphs. We’ll see.

  350. Henry Clark says:

    @HenryP

    Indeed.

  351. Salvatore Del Prete says:
    July 31, 2013 at 1:00 pm
    Leif graph sunspots versus temp. going back to 1600 ad . Show us the no connection.
    It is usually the one who claims a connection that has to show there is one. But to help you along here are some:
    http://www.leif.org/research/On-Becoming-a-Scientist.pdf slide 19
    http://www.leif.org/research/Does%20The%20Sun%20Vary%20Enough.pdf slide 20
    http://www.leif.org/research/Temp-Track-Sun-Not.png the reddish upper curves show solar activity

  352. Wayne says:

    Henry: “The article doesn’t state the software used to create that plot.” He clearly states he’s using R. R is a better and more open choice than Excel for several reasons, including: 1) it’s free and runs on Windows, Macs, Linux, and most any other system you may choose, and 2) R is a programming language so your work can be clearly and unambiguously communicated. A spreadsheet hides your calculations and forces us to click through cell-by-cell and graph-by-graph to trace out what you did.

    I’d also note that Excel does not display things like confidence intervals. Point estimates are nice, but their use can be misleading. In your case, especially misleading, since you are using time series data which is serial correlation (the data in year 2000 is not independent of the data in year 1999 or year 2001). Your “unbiased” Excel regression assumes that the data is not correlated — essentially that it is not from a real-world time series.

    If you can get Excel to calculate 95% confidence intervals (95% CI), you’d find that the naive 95% CI — ignoring serial correlation — is (-0.0243158, -0.0044745) which gives an idea of the plausible range of the slope and would indicate that it’s definitely negative, though perhaps larger or smaller than your single number says.

    The problem is that your data is serially correlated. If you use a regression technique that takes this into account, you’ll find that the 95% CI bounds increase: the naive CI is overconfident because the way Excel calculates the regression assumes that the data is not correlated from year to year, when in fact it is.

    In fact, with correct processing, the 95% CI enlarges to (-0.0214861, 0.0057255), with a central value of -.0078803 which is bad news for you in two ways. First, the central point — if you’re naive enough to go with it — is half what Excel calculated. Second, since the CI includes zero and positive values, so you cannot say with certainty that the slope actually is negative. Your regression is meaningless.

    Excel’s not a good idea for many reasons, including the fact that it obscures its calculations and encourages the naive application of improper procedures to data.

  353. Bart says:

    Leif Svalgaard says:
    July 31, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    “What you have been talking about is not the Sun and has no applicability to solar activity ‘cycles’.”

    Wrong.

    “You are watering down the concept to the point where it is void of meaning.”

    Wrong.

  354. Bart says:
    July 31, 2013 at 1:33 pm
    Wrong.
    Wrong.

    See, you don’t get it.

  355. Bart says:
    July 31, 2013 at 1:33 pm
    Wrong, etc.
    To be more constructive: instead of your whining It would be of interest if you could show some skill and demonstrate that the treatment in http://www.ann-geophys.net/26/231/2008/angeo-26-231-2008.pdf is equivalent to your notions.

  356. Bart says:

    Leif Svalgaard says:
    July 31, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    It trivially is. That just goes to show how little you understand it. I’ve tried to guide you to the path, but all I get is abuse, so what really is the point? I could give you stone tablets etched by the Creator herself, and you would still find some reason to carp.

  357. agfosterjr says:

    milodonharlani says:
    July 31, 2013 at 12:58 pm
    ====================================
    No, I meant that plate tectonics fail to some extent as a mechanism for continental drift since it must still be explained why the plates move around. So plate tectonics beg the question as to why continents drift. –AGF

  358. Henry Clark says:

    Wayne says:
    July 31, 2013 at 1:23 pm
    Henry: “The article doesn’t state the software used to create that plot.” He clearly states he’s using R.

    R code for the specific plot I am talking about, the scatterplot, is not shown.

    Possibly, perhaps he may have made not just some but all of the plots by R code.

    Even if so, I can’t inspect and debug code which I haven’t seen, which isn’t in an uploaded file.

    Wayne says:
    July 31, 2013 at 1:23 pm
    I’d also note that Excel does not display things like confidence intervals. [...]

    There is not a 99% or a 95% confidence interval on that particular trendline.

    Checking, I did remember to include the word “around” to highlight how that numerical example is not precise. Perhaps I should have added additional qualifiers.

    What I am aiming to point out, to argue, is not a refined formal analysis of the climate sensitivity to high precision. (If going for that, I would start by spending multiple times as long, to convert inconvenient monthly temperature data into suitable form and extend the dataset past 2002 with much additional work).

    But I am illustrating how the scatterplot of cosmic rays (neutron count) versus temperature is vastly different from Eschenbach’s scatterplot, as would be blatant from direct visual inspection even if not adding the trendline highlight at all. And I am illustrating how a view that solar/cosmic-ray variation has essentially zero effect (the “hundredths of a degree” quote) would require believing every correlation in every related plot in http://s18.postimg.org/54ua3q255/gcrtempp.gif and http://s18.postimg.org/l3973i6hk/moreadded.jpg were probably all mere coincidences (which is way wrong).

  359. Bart says:
    July 31, 2013 at 1:56 pm
    It trivially is.
    In which case it should be trivial to demonstrate for the unwashed masses [like me] that it is and that their fit [coefficients, periods, etc] is the same as yours. I’m waiting. I would really like to know.

  360. lgl says:

    Bart

    Because it is the result of a difference of similarly sized terms

    To me it seems more fundamental. Leif views this as amplitude modulation, as far as I could tell from a previous discussion. A real 100 yr signal amplitude modulates a real 11 yr signal. This should produce symmetrical sidebands but it doesn’t. By real I mean fundamental, independent, not a result of other cycles like the beats.
    Your explanation seems totally different and makes much more sense.

    Leif

    Keep on denying the Hale cycle, fine with me.

  361. Willis Eschenbach says: July 31, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Willis, do not be so naïve in your responses.

    Very likely everybody reading these posts understood that you and Anthony have tried to defame my research simply because you both do not understand it of for some other reason I do not know. And you are still insisting in your falsehoods that my papers do not contain enough information about the data and the methodologies that I have used.

    I see from your answer that you both now are understanding that your defamation attempt started to backfire.

    So, let me know. Do you confirm that my papers do NOT contain ANY information about the data and the methodologies that I used, or are you willing to acknowledge that perhaps the truth is that you do not have enough scientific expertise to understand which data (which are freely available in Internet and properly referenced in the paper) and methodologies (that can be obtained from common textbooks of analysis) I have used in my paper?

    In my previous post
    Nicola Scafetta says: July 30, 2013 at 1:05 am
    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/07/29/cycles-without-the-mania/#comment-1374995

    I pointed out such macroscopic errors in your posts that I cannot but confirm that “Anthony published another piece of junk written by Willis”.

    REPLY: Nicola, there’s an old saying. You can catch more flies with honey than you can from vinegar.

    If you want to believe that challenging a paper on its merits is defamation, that’s your right. I also have the right to ignore you based on your claims being mostly emotional projection. – Anthony

    REPLY FROM WILLIS: Nicola, you say:

    Do you confirm that my papers do NOT contain ANY information about the data and the methodologies that I used, or are you willing to acknowledge that perhaps the truth is that you do not have enough scientific expertise to understand which data (which are freely available in Internet and properly referenced in the paper) and methodologies (that can be obtained from common textbooks of analysis) I have used in my paper?

    That’s an example of the “Fallacy of the Excluded Middle”. You say the choices are a) either your papers contain NO information about data and methods, or b) I don’t understand your papers. There is a third possibility, which is that the papers contain SOME BUT NOT ENOUGH of the information about the data and methods.

    The problem is, you haven’t revealed your computer code and your data. I know you didn’t do that work with a slide rule. So somewhere, you took a computer and applied some kind of mathematical transformations to a dataset.

    What I and others have asked for all along is the code for those transformations, and the dataset you applied that code to. If it was done in a spreadsheet, then the spreadsheet contains both data and code. We need to see that spreadsheet. If it’s done in a computer language, the code and data are separate. In that case, we need to see the actual code used, and the actual data used.

    In response to repeated requests for your code and data, you keep trying to make the issue your papers and methods. The papers and methods aren’t the problem. Lack of code and data is the problem. You applied actual code to an actual dataset to get your actual results. To replicate and verify those results, we need that actual code and the actual dataset. Until you provide those, you’re not following the scientific method.

    Best regards,

    w.

  362. Spence_UK says:

    @Leif

    The sun is not an oscillator

    Not referring to oscillators – any irregular (but repeated) pattern will have a related set of harmonics when transformed into the frequency domain. Simple symmetries can lead to particular patterns.

    But I agree that it is a complex, non-linear system – which is why I expect 1/f noise as my primary hypothesis (which is commonly associated with complex nonlinear systems, e.g. climate). Interesting to explore whether the subharmonics have anything behind them but not convinced at the moment.

  363. Matthew R Marler says:

    Bart: My demonstration above was not a model of the Sun, but a model of a simple system to explain a concept, that a change of state variables can produce an equivalent system representation which provides more insight into the fundamental properties of the system. And, when I say equivalent, I mean precisely equivalent. There exists an equivalent dynamical representation to the equations with which you are familiar which reduces to one dominated by two modes, one with a resonance period at 20 years, and one with a resonance period of 23.6 years.

    Where did you show equivalent mathematical models of the sun? Sorry if I missed it.

  364. Matthew R Marler says:

    Nicola Scafetta: Very likely everybody reading these posts understood that you and Anthony have tried to defame my research simply because you both do not understand it of for some other reason I do not know.

    Count me as a counterexample to your “everybody” claim. They are merely critics of your research results. As I have written before, if the next 20 years worth of data conform closely enough to your model, then your model will have survived “stringent tests” and will be a candidate for the claim of “truth” or at least “accuracy”. Til then, I counsel patience and at least outward civility instead of whining.

  365. herkimer says:

    Pamela Gray
    Glad to see you participating in a positive way. I agree with you that it takes significant energy and time to change our global climate. Lief too thinks it is factors other than the sun that are behind the cooling every time sunspot numbers go zero or low levels. He could be right. Yet no one seems to have come up with an alternative or other mechanism that has wide scientific support to explain these regular coolings.
    The cooling of temperatures that happened during the Maunder minimum and during the other 2 minimums did not happen overnight. The sunspots were declining from probably 1600 on, reached zero or very low levels by 1645, CET temperatures started to decline by 1650 and did not bottom out until about 1690. The whole period was about 70 years. AMO and PDO were both positive, so ocean cycles seemed not to be behind the cooling. There was some volcanic activity [6 eruptions] .Cooling during the other two major minimums happened over period of some 30 years of low solar activity. So these are small changes over long periods. The cooling only starts about 7-10 years after the last year of the solar maximum period [like after long low solar period s or cycles

    . So if you can throw more light on this on this blog, I would love to read it. If I were solar scientist I would be speaking to my fellow quantum physicist , because I think the sun puts out other perhaps quantum level energies that may cause extra warming or result in cooling when these energies are absent during few if any solar eruptions or zero or minimum spots [ personal view only]

  366. Bart says:

    lgl says:
    July 31, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    “This should produce symmetrical sidebands but it doesn’t.”

    Yes, I agree. This appears to be two separable processes superimposing to create beats.

  367. Ulric Lyons says:

    Leif Svalgaard says:
    July 31, 2013 at 9:32 am
    “A sure sign of a spurious correlation is that it holds for a while, but then falters when new data is added. This is the case here. The correlation in question also fails going back in time,”

    The J-E-V syzygies stay in phase with the sunspot cycles over four centuries. Nothing has faltered.

  368. Wayne says:

    Henry: “There is not a 99% or a 95% confidence interval on that particular trendline.”

    Willis may have made a mistake in his calculations. I’m not arguing one way or the other on that point. You may well be 100% correct in that regard. But the regression you did doesn’t make your point at all.

    And your trendline most certainly does have a 95% CI. To be more specific, the coefficient of the slope has a 95% CI and it’s critical that we know this in order to judge whether the point estimate you gave is actually meaningful or not.

    Excel does not give us this value, so neither did you. Based on that alone, your regression fails to prove your point. But more importantly, if Excel had given us this value, it would have been wrong. When calculated correctly — as I did in my previous post — the slope of the line cannot be said to be different from zero with confidence. So your point fails: you have not proven that the line has a large negative value instead of what Willis called a tiny value.

    He may be wrong, but you did not prove it and your Excel example is doubly misleading.

  369. Jim Arndt says:

    Salvatore Del Prete says:
    July 31, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    The above post is my argument Jim Arndt.I have an explanation with specifics. I will argue this against any theory that is out there. I would more then glad to have an interview.

    That is just hand waving. There is no substance to it. You are just calling out things but no explanation why they happen or a mechanism. I can saying anything I want but without why it happens or data to back it up it is just a strawman. Like I said do a guess post with data, sources and mechanism so we can all see how this is possible.

  370. Jim Arndt says:

    UHHG Do A Guest Post …fat fingers

  371. Pamela Gray says:

    Some bright mind figured out a long time ago that the energy needed to raise the Sun above the horizon could not be coming from a virgin in a cave. That kind of thinking applies quite well to this thread.

    There appears to be some discussion of some kind of “stuff” that good ol’ Sol sends our way that we haven’t measured yet because we don’t know it exists (quantum level energies????). Irrelevant. As are the discussions of cosmic rays, magnetic changes, UV, etc. The proper way to search for an agent or driver is to determine how much energy is needed to create a change in weather patterns that lead to warming or cooling trends (you can’t have warming or cooling shifts without weather pattern variation changes that lead to warming or cooling shifts). Then look for that energy (guess how the periodic table was filled out?). If the total amount of TSI energy change that comes from the Sun does not rise to the required amount, you can stop looking for some subcomponent of the total energy available from the solar spectrum as a driver of temperature regime shifts on Earth.

    That should really end the conversation. That it doesn’t leaves me gobsmacked. Essentially, the discussion by folks here who’s upturned noses have vaulted themselves to self-proclaimed positions of all-knowing Sun enthusiasts believe in butterfly disturbances leading to hurricanes.

    Bullshit.

  372. Henry Clark says:

    Wayne says:
    July 31, 2013 at 4:17 pm
    And your trendline most certainly does have a 95% CI.

    To avoid misinterpretation, a simple solution is just to not display that particular trendline at all. As noted in my last post, it could have varied if fewer or more years were plotted.

    So here’s the set of plots simply without that trendline at all, eliminating what you focus on and yet still making my actual point (and with other illustrations like the multiple percentage change in cloud cover in a sub-plot):

    http://s23.postimg.org/qldgno07f/edited4.gif

    ————————
    ————————

    Incidentally, on another topic (not commenting to you Wayne but just as another edit to my prior post for another clarification):

    My plots displaying cosmic rays instead of sunspots or TSI is an important distinction especially for plots on small timescales like these, as sometimes their respective forcings even change in opposite directions instead of together. An example is a close look at the difference between 2002->2004 and 2004->2009 relative trends in the last plot in http://www.drroyspencer.com/2011/05/indirect-solar-forcing-of-climate-by-galactic-cosmic-rays-an-observational-estimate/

  373. Pamela You seem to think that cosmic rays are irrelevant,Take a little time to ponder on the following data from Steinhilber – Fig 9 in http://climatesense-norpag.blogspot.com/2013/07/skillful-so-far-thirty-year-climate.html
    .
    “Furthermore it is clear that the cosmic ray intensity time series reflected in the 10Be data is the best proxy for “solar activity “and that this correlates meaningfully with temperature-see Fig 3 CD from Steinhilber http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2012/03/30/1118965109.full.pdf

  374. Pamela Gray says:

    Again Dr Norman Page, your focus on correlation fails at the most fundamental level. Of course these rays fluctuate. But let’s talk about weather pattern shifts that lead to warming or cooling trends. Is the cosmic ray shift from status quo to another status quo level enough of a change, and stays that way, to affect cloud seeding (or the reverse) enough to force weather patterns to shift in measurable ways? Please remember that even now, the current temperature shift has not risen above natural status quo variability. So how do you propose to state anything at all that is significant regarding solar drivers?

  375. Jim G says:

    Leif Svalgaard says:
    July 30, 2013 at 12:29 am
    tallbloke says:
    July 30, 2013 at 12:14 am
    That’s why all the planetary periodicities and the periodicity of the solar cycles fit the only lognormal distribution which reconciles linear and rotational motions (the fibonacci series)

    “Since the Fibonacci series is universal this would imply that all planetary systems around any star whatsoever must follow that distribution, which we already now know that they don’t. Stellar planetary systems vary enormously and no two alike are known [although they should all be alike].”
    Since our ‘observations’ of planetary systems around other stars are mostly based upon light fluctuations and perturbations of those other stars you might be jumping the gun with your decree.
    Don’t know about the accuracy of the Fibonacci series but suspect we know less than we think we do about those distributions.

  376. RoswellJohn says:

    LdB says: “Actually thinking about “Old faithful” what would be interesting would be to ask one of the cycle maniacs what could be causing our 91 min eruption does it have a planetary cause?”

    Yes, sort of. The lunar orbital plane variation on an 18.6 year cycle. See a paper by John S. Rinehart. 18.6-Year Earth Tide Regulates Geyser Activity. Science, Vol 177, 38 July, 1972, pp346-347.

    Sorry, no link, but maybe someone with access to Science archives can provide one..

  377. LdB says:

    tallbloke says:
    July 31, 2013 at 5:37 am

    Leif Svalgaard is the person who needs to contact her because he’s the one accusing me of making the “[alleged statement]” up.

    Sorry you are wrong I read it exactly the same way as Leif and I don’t agree with Leif on a number of issues but the context is quite clear. You want to ignore the point then fine but then stop complaining about Liefs’ interpretation which I think many of us would see as reasonable at the end of the day it’s one paper from one person who isn’t the sole authority on these things.

    So contact the author make an alternative to make your argument if you have one and stop acting like a prima donna.

  378. Stephen Wilde says:

    Pamela Gray said:

    “The proper way to search for an agent or driver is to determine how much energy is needed”

    Except that the energy need not come from any change in the power of the initial source.

    All one needs is a change in the ability of the target to retain incoming energy.

    Now I agree that cosmic rays via simple cloud seeding seem unlikely to be able to significantly affect that ability because just seeding clouds has no direct thermal effect so the existing thermal structure of the atmosphere would simply cause faster dissipation to match the faster creation.

    If one wants to create clouds and retain them the thermal structure has to be changed first and cosmic rays do not achieve that.

    However, we do see that the temperatures of the stratosphere and mesosphere change in response to the level of solar activity and it is that thermal change which alters the amount of cloudiness and allows the changes to remain in place until the solar conditions change again.

    We know that the temperature inversion in the stratosphere is created by ozone so that is where we must look.

    Solar variations somehow affect the ozone creation / destruction balance above the tropopause and solar variations are in the form of changes in wavelengths and particles rather than raw power output.

    We are logically driven to the conclusion that the changes in the ozone creation / destruction balance do change the thermal structure of the atmosphere so as to allow changes in cloudiness AND to allow retention of those changes until the solar mix of particles and wavelengths changes again.

    Hence my New Climate Model.

  379. LdB says:

    Nicola Scafetta says:
    July 31, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    I see from your answer that you both now are understanding that your defamation attempt started to backfire

    Talking of prima donna’s …. exhibit A

    Come on people no criticizing his paper because that is defamation … Is this guy actually a scientist he doesn’t act like one?

    I had to actually google him looks like a leopard doesn’t change it’s spots.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicola_Scafetta
    =>In 2009, Scafetta faced criticism for failing to disclose the computer code required to reproduce his research.[10] Scafetta responded by saying that the code in question had been submitted to a scientific journal and that if “the journal takes its time to publish it, it is not our fault.”[10]

    Shock
    =>His astronomy publications, at least, are mostly in second-tier journals.
    I wonder why that is.

  380. LdB says:

    RoswellJohn says:
    July 31, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    LdB says: “Actually thinking about “Old faithful” what would be interesting would be to ask one of the cycle maniacs what could be causing our 91 min eruption does it have a planetary cause?”

    Yes, sort of. The lunar orbital plane variation on an 18.6 year cycle. See a paper by John S. Rinehart. 18.6-Year Earth Tide Regulates Geyser Activity. Science, Vol 177, 38 July, 1972, pp346-347.

    Sorry, no link, but maybe someone with access to Science archives can provide one..

    It was a joke RJ … the cause of “Old faithful” cycle is well known its the time to fill the chamber with water after the eruption.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Faithful

    => It is also called the most predictable geographical feature on Earth erupting almost every 91 minutes
    =>The video probes were lowered to a maximum depth of 42 feet (13 m) to observe the conduit formation and the processes that took place in the conduit.

    Get it the most predictable geological cycle on earth has nothing to do with planets or cycle maniac garbage it comes about naturally by time to fill a fixed size chamber.

    But like all cycle maniacs they see planetary cycles causes where there are none and what we are showing is that problem cycles can occur for very diverse reasons not just planets.

  381. vukcevic says:

    Leif Svalgaard says: July 31, 2013 at 11:06 am
    “It is not what you know that gets you in trouble, it is what you know that ain’t”

    Science moves forward not by rejecting new finding, but trying to understand it.

    The new here is direct correlation of global temperature and geomagnetic Ap index:
    - 1850 – 1914 with GT trailing by 6 years
    - 1914 – 1965
    - 1965 – 1993 with GT trailing by 3 years
    http://www.vukcevic.talktalk.net/Ap-LT.htm
    Thus we have 3 distinct blocks with different DC levels, but correlation is not dependant on DC shift within each entity.
    Variable delay and DC uplift between GT and geomagnetic storms may be explained by number of factors, the most likely being ocean currents velocity. Higher velocity may mean less delay and different uplift required to get all three distinct global climate blocks.
    The other factor may be change in the Earth’s magnetic components since 1850s
    ‘Knowns’ are ‘known’, and that is not particular concern of mine.
    It is ‘known unknowns’ that I find of interest and bring to your attention to elucidate based on your unquestionable volume of knowledge.
    Assuming that you are scientist free of any prejudice I expect
    a) you are not interested in unknown
    b) investigative instinct of your early days will override point a)
    Irrelevant or a nonsense claim is just not credible.

  382. tallbloke says:

    Matthew R Marler says:
    July 31, 2013 at 8:40 am
    Leif Svalgaard: I have collected the comments from tallbloke and myself into a narrative and posted that as a comment on his blog [he had already posted some of mine].

    It would probably be of interest to many of us if you put it up somewhere and gave us a link. As long as it has everything without post-hoc editing.

    I admire your stamina and detailed responses.

    Actually, the comment Leif left at the talkshop was just a lengthy set of false accusations and defamatory claims that I’m a liar who fabricates quotes from scientists.
    http://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2013/07/30/poppenhaeger-hd-189733a-has-been-tidally-influenced-by-the-hot-jupiter/comment-page-1/#comment-56483

    I simply asked for an apology and posted the newsfeed from NASA containing the quote in response.

    I await the response from Katja Poppenhaeger to Leif. Although if she confirms she made the statement that:
    “This star is not acting its age, and having a big planet as a companion may be the explanation. It’s possible this hot Jupiter is keeping the star’s rotation and magnetic activity high because of tidal forces, making it behave in some ways like a much younger star.”

    It might not see the light of day, given the degree of credibility Leif has invested in calling me a liar and a fabricator of quotes.

    Once again I ask Dr Leif Svalgaard to withdraw and apologise for making the baseless and defamatory statements he has made about me on multiple occasions in this thread.

  383. LdB says:

    How about both you and Leif both put away the stupid personal rubbish and deal with the science.

    I congratulate you on doing the sensible thing in seeking Katja Poppenhaeger to clarify her statement.

    If this is typical of how climate science behaves no wonder it is in the state it is.

  384. herkimer says:

    Pamela GRAY
    “The proper way to search for an agent or driver is to determine how much energy is needed to create a change in weather patterns that lead to warming or cooling trends (you can’t have warming or cooling shifts without weather pattern variation changes that lead to warming or cooling shifts).”

    It takes a lot of energy to heat a house in the winter but it can take lot less energy to cool it . All i have to do is turn the electricity off or turn the gas down and the house will cool gradually and naturally and the air temperature in the house will change without a lot of extra energy

    I am still waiting for your version of what cools the planet every time the sun goes through an extended minimum. It is easy to say it must be other natural factors but offer no plausible numbers . That has been the problem all along. Swearing on this blog does not enhance your argument. so please desist.

  385. Ulric Lyons says:

    herkimer says:
    “Cooling during the other two major minimums happened over period of some 30 years of low solar activity. So these are small changes over long periods.”

    Cooling and warming all through CET is rapid and exists at least at a monthly scale, and usually relates to things like the NAO and jet stream position, which is where the solar linkage needs to be found. And also is the scale of planetary forcing of solar activity that requires confirmation.

  386. Matthew R Marler says:

    tallbloke: Once again I ask Dr Leif Svalgaard to withdraw and apologise for making the baseless and defamatory statements he has made about me on multiple occasions in this thread.

    I think he over-reacted, as I wrote above, but you did misattribute the quote: it was in a press release, not the paper that you referred to.

  387. Pamela Gray says:

    The causes and amount of energy needed to keep in place or to sweep out blocking highs is one way of estimating the amount of energy needed to change weather pattern variations from one prolonged state to another. See the following newsbite on a well-respected researcher who is working with Russia on this very thing.

    http://munews.missouri.edu/news-releases/2011/0920-mu-researchers-to-study-dangerous-deadly-weather-phenomenon/

  388. Ulric Lyons says:

    Willis writes:

    “In one half of the data this is at 10.4 years, and in the other, 11.2 years.”

    How interesting, 6.5 and 7.0 synodic periods of Earth and Venus (10.391 yrs and 11.191 yrs).

  389. Pamela Gray says:

    Herkimer, your example of the house cooling when you turn off the heat is terrible. The variation in your heat source from on and then off is nothing at all like the tiny bit of variation produced by the Sun. Try again.

  390. Anthony Watts says:

    INTERVENTION:

    Dr. Svalgaard, please note that the quote Tallbloke refers to DOES exist in this NASA press release:

    http://www.nasa.gov/press/2013/july/nasas-chandra-sees-eclipsing-planet-in-x-rays-for-first-time/#.UfpuV6x0nRc
    See the last paragraph.

    It does NOT however appear in this press release:
    http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/chandra/multimedia/exoplanet-hd-189733b.html#.Ufpt8qx0nRf

    The error came about like this:

    tallbloke says:
    July 30, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    http://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2013/07/30/poppenhaeger-hd-189733a-has-been-tidally-influenced-by-the-hot-jupiter/

    though it is worth quoting the author:

    “This star is not acting its age, and having a big planet as a companion may be the explanation. It’s possible this hot Jupiter is keeping the star’s rotation and magnetic activity high because of tidal forces, making it behave in some ways like a much younger star.”

    That link to Tallbloke’s page contains this at the bottom:

    “Some further information about the HD 189733A system is given on this NASA page related to Poppenhaeger et al’s paper.”

    That link goes to the NASA PR that does NOT have the quote.

    So Dr. Svalgaard is correct on what was presented, the link referenced by Tallbloke did not contain the quote. But Dr. Svalgaard is incorrect in saying Tallbloke “made it up”.

    Tallbloke is in error in referencing a NASA PR feed that didn’t contain the quote on his own page.

    Dr. Svalgaard should withdraw the claims of being “made up” and Tallbloke should apologize for posting a misleading link and fix it on his own page.

    Can we just all get along now?

    This is why I don’t like threads on planetary cycles. Foodfights break out and I have to spend time to solve them.

    I blame Willis for opening the Pandora’s box.

  391. Pamela Gray says:

    Stephen, your theory can be falsified. Which is good in terms of your parameters (several proposed solar theories use words like “somehow” and “[unknown] energy”). Your parameters have several falsifiable check points. But bad because the current raw temperature series is noisy with a broad range – thanks to intrinsic Earthly parameters- across your proposed solar driven changes in the upper atmospheric layers. So much so that any subtle rise in the average, regardless of the driver, is not yet significant (it is buried in the natural noise). Therefore I restate my earlier conclusion. Your theory also does not have enough energy to measurably change the system from the powerful natural intrinsic drivers of the status quo and variability to an externally driven status quo and variability.

  392. vukcevic says:

    Yorkshire man and a Viking fighting it out, what’s new?
    Since most of us are not really bothered I suggest the offenders meet in the Virtual Pub exchange their pleasantries or otherwise over virtual beer, and let rest of us dwell over the real or imaginary causes of the climate change.

  393. HenryP says:

    henry@bart
    I think you are the only one here that might be able to help me, since you know about the ca. 23 year periodic cycle which is a quarter of my sinus wave. I figured this from my own results on studying maximum temps., here:
    http://blogs.24.com/henryp/2012/10/02/best-sine-wave-fit-for-the-drop-in-global-maximum-temperatures/
    \here is the paper I referred to earlier.
    http://www.cyclesresearchinstitute.org/cycles-astronomy/arnold_theory_order.pdf
    where W.Arnold said
    The 22-year Hale-Nicholson sunspot cycle varies from as long as circa 27 years during the sunspot minimum period, as in the years 1784-1811, to as short as circa 20.8 years during the sunspot maximum period as the recent epoch 1930s-1970s
    end quote
    I expect there might be some warp in my sinus wave and this is my concern. I want to know: how big is the warp/ how many years until we reach the bottom of global cooling?
    We know from my own results that the last cycle in this regard was from ca. 1972 to 1995, ie. 23 years. Somehow, by looking at the dials (in Arnold’s report) we should be able to figure out how many years the next leg will be, but I don’t know how to finish this puzzle. I need this information to be able to correctly predict the time of the droughts that will definitely come again:
    http://www.ldeo.columbia.edu/res/div/ocp/drought/dust_storms.shtml

  394. Pamela Gray says:

    Reminds me of a quote from “My Fair Lady”. “I suggest you talk about the weather and your health.” But in this case, maybe we should just talk about health? LOL!

  395. tallbloke says:

    I’ve added the link to the online version of the NASA email newsfeed, thanks for finding it Anthony.

  396. Stephen Wilde says:

    Pamela Gray said:

    “Therefore I restate my earlier conclusion. Your theory also does not have enough energy to measurably change the system from the powerful natural intrinsic drivers of the status quo and variability to an externally driven status quo and variability”

    Given the changes observed over the past 1000 years I think the signal does rise above the noise. The climate zone shifts and jet stream changes serve as a proxy for the upper atmosphere temperature changes. Logically one cannot shift the entire global circulation latitudinally without a change in the equator to pole tropopause height.

    As regards the amount of energy required I would suggest that only an energy imbalance is required. There is no need to call for a new force overcoming an existing status quo as your objection seems to require. Any changes in stratosphere temperature however small will set the negative system response in motion.

  397. Pamela Gray says:

    Stephen, please site the study that shows the signal rise to be above the noise of the past 1000 years.

  398. vukcevic says:

    It is official, SIDC non-smoothed July SSN=57, equalling the 2012-SSN average.
    http://www.vukcevic.talktalk.net/SSN.htm
    SN24 max is crawling under even a lower bar then predicted by the Stanford Solar Sage.

  399. Anthony Watts says:

    After threatening me with legal action in email, which wasted my morning dealing with it, Tallbloke still won’t own up to the fact that his error in not having the correct link on his page he referenced in comments was the catalyst for the situation that led Dr. Svalgaard to say he fabricated the quote.

    Svalgaard would likely never have made the claim otherwise.

    TB added the link I found to his page that goes to the right place, but won’t own the mistake.

    Attitude adjustment is needed here.

  400. Pamela Gray says:

    Many US states are comparing their data with the global trend and are finding it hard to say anything significant about the trend in the face of very noisy data. Here is a very good example:

    http://www.nc-climate.ncsu.edu/climate/climate_change

    Those who have proposed anthropogenic or solar theoretical drivers and think an overly averaged filtered trend compared to another overly averaged filtered trend used to provide some kind of proof about teleconnections should be willing to consider their views in light of climate and weather data noise. If anyone here has found significance and is willing to present error bars, please let us know. It should be forwarded to the Nobel folks.

  401. Having been away from the keyborrd for a day, I’ll try to catch up.

    Spence_UK says:
    July 31, 2013 at 2:42 pm
    any irregular (but repeated) pattern will have a related set of harmonics when transformed into the frequency domain.
    The key word is ‘repeated’. I don’t think the 100-yr cycle repeats ‘enough’. If I toss a cpon and I get three heads in arow, it is a stretch to consider that a ‘repeating pattern’.

    vukcevic says:
    August 1, 2013 at 12:37 am
    Science moves forward not by rejecting new finding
    The word ‘finding’ has a rather precise meaning in science, namely the result of a valid analysis. Yours doesn’t measure up.

    Anthony Watts says:
    August 1, 2013 at 7:34 am
    Dr. Svalgaard should withdraw the claims of being “made up” and Tallbloke should apologize for posting a misleading link and fix it on his own page.
    It is possible that Tallbloke has himself been mislead by zealotry [some people are fervent believers], in which case he may have acted in what he thought was ‘good faith’. If so, my claim must be withdrawn, pending Tallbloke’s apology for posting a misleading link and fixing his own page.

    Bart says:
    July 31, 2013 at 1:56 pm
    It trivially is.
    In which case it should be trivial to demonstrate for the unwashed masses [like me] that it is and that their fit [coefficients, periods, etc] is the same as yours. I’m still waiting.

  402. HenryP says:

    Pamela says
    Many US states are comparing their data with the global trend and are finding it hard to say anything significant about the trend in the face of very noisy data

    @Pamela
    the noise comes mostly from inaccuracy, before automatic recording with thermo couples instead of thermometers that were never calibrated. e.g people having to take readings, and, pray, let me know if you can find a calibration certificate of a thermometer before 1940?
    I stuck to measuring after 1974 and got a nice looking curve, didn’t I?
    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/07/29/cycles-without-the-mania/#comment-1376683
    so we know what is coming.
    it is cooling
    and that means droughts @ > 40 degrees latitude lasting up to 6 or 7 years coming up in a few years from now.
    I am still just trying to find out exactly how many years from now.

    @Stephen Wilde

    what do you think of those dials on the planets’ postions(from that report from William Arnold)

    @ all

    I don’t think anyone of you here (except Stephen) figured out yet that a quiet sun is actually putting out more low wavelength radiation, meaning, the sun is slightly hotter, during a “minimum” . (Dark spots are “cool”), Makes you think, does it not, about what is happening TOA when that little bit of extra E-UV hits the atmosphere….to cause global cooling….
    http://www.woodfortrees.org/plot/hadcrut4gl/from:1987/to:2014/plot/hadcrut4gl/from:2002/to:2014/trend/plot/hadcrut3gl/from:1987/to:2014/plot/hadcrut3gl/from:2002/to:2014/trend/plot/rss/from:1987/to:2013/plot/rss/from:2002/to:2013/trend/plot/hadsst2gl/from:1987/to:2014/plot/hadsst2gl/from:2002/to:2014/trend/plot/hadcrut4gl/from:1987/to:2002/trend/plot/hadcrut3gl/from:1987/to:2002/trend/plot/hadsst2gl/from:1987/to:2002/trend/plot/rss/from:1987/to:2002/trend

    don’t think that the problem of global cooling (and associated droughts when we reach the maximum speed of global cooling) will simply go away.
    We are stuck with it for another 3-4 decades.

  403. Stephen Wilde says:

    [HenryP] said:

    “I don’t think anyone of you here (except Stephen) figured out yet that a quiet sun is actually putting out more low wavelength radiation, meaning, the sun is slightly hotter, during a “minimum”

    I don’t think I said that the sun is ‘hotter’ during a minimum although a minimum does seem to increase ozone and thereby raise stratosphere temperatures especially towards the poles.

    It isn’t the total power output that matters but varying effects on the ozone creation / destruction balance due to changes in the proportions of the different types of particles and wavelengths

  404. Stephen Wilde says:

    Sorry, HenryP not Salvatore.

  405. Pamela Gray says:

    Henry, my experience in Oregon (been here for over half a century and that’s all I will say about that) tells me that temperature noise is a natural part of variability aside from error, and that intrinsically driven natural longer climate cycles can send the averaged trend line up or down (as all AGW scientists readily admit has happened in the past).

    To be sure, that experience hardly qualifies me to talk about a complete cycle. But my family history does. We came over prior to the American Revolutionary War and have left our mark on the Oregon Trail. Climate swings are humbling indeed and we have experienced times of drought and plenty that would send less hardy folks crying to mommy.

    But these swings, this noise (daily, weekly, monthly, and the occasional extreme event) are also instructive to the lay person who understands that averages and filters remove important information from discussions about drivers.

    I will say it again, if your “driver” does not have the energy to raise or lower the status quo outside of its own error bars, you have nothing.

  406. HenryP says:

    Pamela says
    have experienced times of drought

    henry says
    it is a physical and statistical certainty that as we are cooling from the top, lower latitudes will get more clouds and rain and higher latitudes will get less clouds and rain.Unfortunately Oregon falls >40 where I determined that less rainfall will fall during a cooling period. In fact, as we are curving down, less rainfall should already be apparent for most of Canada and the US >40, from around 2000.
    Between [30] latitudes more rain and clouds will appear, hence the flooding of the Nile to an apparent maximum during a cooling period as William Arnold discovered.

    The 1932-1939 drought on the Great Plains coincided with a constant cooling speed of cooling on the bottom of my curve, causing less moisture in the air due to the cooling (at higher latitude) and a lull in pressure difference (that is visible in one of the graphs I saw from Willis some time ago on pressure measurements, don’t remember which post)

    Climate change is coming. It is just not man made.

  407. Tallbloke has taken the first step on his road to Damascus by including an actual quote from the paper: “We consider it a more likely possibility that the stellar angular momentum of HD 189733A has been tidally influenced by the Hot Jupiter, which has inhibited the stellar spin-down enough to enable the star to maintain the relatively high magnetic activity we observe today.(2)” but selectively omit the crucial statement just before the quote: “We can therefore exclude a stellar activity cycle to be the cause for the disagreement in activity levels”.

    Newly born stars rotate rather fast [typically in a couple of days]. A vigorous stellar wind couples magnetically to the protoplanetary disk and transfers angular momentum [yes, one can do that if a physical coupling {the magnetic field} exists] to the forming planets, resulting in planets with large orbital angular momentum [AM] and a star with little rotational AM – hence its slower rotation. This ‘spin-down’ is most vigorous early in the star’s life and becomes weaker with age. For a star with age 5 billion years the rotation would ordinarily have been slowed down to a rather low value, about a month, as we can see in other stars of that age – e.g. the Sun]. If something has interfered with the spin-down, the rotation period would not be as low as expected and would look that like of a younger star [that has not spun down as much]. This seems to be the case with HD 189733A. Magnetic activity is driven by stellar rotation – faster rotation = more magnetic activity – so no wonder that HD 189733A shows more magnetic activity than expected. But as Poppenhager points out: “We can exclude a stellar activity cycle to be the cause for the disagreement in activity levels”. The Cause is more likely to be the higher than expected rotation rate, which was set earlier in the star’s life, speculatively due to tidal action [although tides usually slow down the spin, not inhibiting the slow-down].

  408. Silver Ralph says:

    Pamela Gray says: July 31, 2013 at 5:18 pm
    There appears to be some discussion of some kind of “stuff” that good ol’ Sol sends our way that we haven’t measured yet because we don’t know it exists (quantum level energies????). Irrelevant. .
    _______________________________________

    Nice put-down Pamela. Now do please explain to us what Dark Matter is.

    I shall await your reply with interest.

    .

  409. Silver Ralph says:
    August 1, 2013 at 1:41 pm
    Nice put-down Pamela. Now do please explain to us what Dark Matter is.
    I shall await your reply with interest.

    Then read this with interest http://www.leif.org/EOS/CosmicSoundWaves.pdf
    We know dark matter exists, we are working on finding out what it is.

  410. Vukcevic thank you for posting the Ap Index versus surface global temperature. The correlation is there. Anyone with an objective point of view can see this.

    This chart proves my argument.

  411. PAMELA you don’t have a clue.

  412. Salvatore Del Prete says:
    August 1, 2013 at 1:52 pm
    This chart proves my argument.
    It is phoney

  413. milodonharlani says:

    agfosterjr says:
    July 31, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    I beg your pardon!

    IMO however plate tectonics is the hypothesis that there are plates which move by seafloor spreading. More fundamental, literally underlying causes do of course require further elucidation.

    Science is still further elucidating the heliocentric theory, theory of universal gravitation, atomic theory of matter, germ theory of disease, theory of evolution, electromagnetic theory & quantum theory, too, but their basic insights remain valid, IMO.

  414. The solar parameters during the Maunder Minimum also show a correlation to temperature.

    The aa index during that time was extremely low less then 3 and so were the temperatures.

    People like Pamela, Leif do not understand and they will never understand thresholds, secondary solar effects, the geo magnetic side of the equation etc etc.

    What makes it more sad is they have no alternative explanations, for why the temperature changes.

    Pamela says noise, just as bad if not worse then AGW theory.

    Live and learn, and you will as the decade proceeds and the prolonged solar minimum further exerts itself upon the climate.

  415. Leif that chart is not phony.

  416. Salvatore Del Prete says:
    August 1, 2013 at 2:07 pm
    The aa index during that time was extremely low less then 3 and so were the temperatures.
    Do aa data from back then…

    Leif that chart is not phony
    would you care to tell us why not?

  417. Geomagnetic activity and wind velocity during the Maunder minimum

    http://www.ann-geophys.net/15/397/1997/angeo-15-397-1997.pdf‎

    •Cached

  418. The above post did not turn out correct.

    My answer is we will have the answer as to how valid this chart may or may not be by decade end.
    The ap index will likely be extremely low (less then 5.0, 2014-2020 ) and we will all get to see the temperature response.

  419. Salvatore Del Prete says:
    August 1, 2013 at 2:19 pm
    The paper is speculation: “we should point out that using these relations for the Maunder minimum is inherently speculative”
    Their calculated solar wind speed is below 200 km/s. This is lower than the escape velocity of 250 km/s at the point where the solar wind takes off, so the solar wind could not even escape the Sun.

  420. Bart says:

    Leif Svalgaard says:
    August 1, 2013 at 10:20 am

    “I’m still waiting.”

    It has already been demonstrated. It is trivially obvious from the entire discussion. The actual formulation is not trivial. The fact that it exists is.

    I am tired of fruitless discussions with an abusive blowhard. It goes nowhere. You just don’t have the maths, and it doesn’t matter to me what you think.

  421. Salvatore Del Prete says:
    August 1, 2013 at 2:24 pm
    The ap index will likely be extremely low (less then 5.0, 2014-2020 )
    Based on what?

  422. The only way this will get settled is going to be through actual observation.

    This decade is the perfect decade for this.

    Two popular arguments will be at odds.
    CO2 increases temperatures increase.
    Solar activity decreases temperatures decrease.

  423. Bart says:
    August 1, 2013 at 2:35 pm
    I am tired of fruitless discussions with an abusive blowhard. It goes nowhere.
    Your comment is not responsive, and, indeed goes nowhere.

  424. vukcevic says:

    Leif Svalgaard says:
    August 1, 2013 at 10:20 am
    The word ‘finding’ has a rather precise meaning in science, namely the result of a valid analysis. Yours doesn’t measure up.

    Now, now doc, you know that is non-answer to anything
    Let me make it clear what I found
    direct correlation of global temperature and the geomagnetic Ap index: in 3 distinct sections:
    – 1850 – 1914 with GT trailing by 6 years
    – 1914 – 1965 no lag
    – 1965 – 1993 with GT trailing by 3 years
    http://www.vukcevic.talktalk.net/Ap_LT.htm
    maybe it was done before maybe not, it is new to me.
    You say : Yours doesn’t measure up.
    You care to explain what doesn’t measure in there, having in mind that these are distinct sections and each section was operating under different regime..
    Ap index is measure of geomagnetic storms intensity, some of the most powerful time concentrated sources of energy on par with earthquakes and volcanoes, but of distinct periodicity. We know why they happen, we can estimate intensity, we know some but not all consequences climate or otherwise.
    One of the HARP experiments is concentrating on changing altitude of the magnetosphere over poles, and that is exactly what gms do but at the rate of many orders of magnitude greater.
    I greatly appreciate when you explain, supporting it with physics and numerically, why some things can and other can not work, but I look with bit of sadness at your non-statements, where reasoning is required backed up by scientific facts..
    But of course you know all of above far better than I do, but as matter of some strange principle you are unlikely ever to accept that sun can do anything above 0.1C, and that isn’t what the science is about.

  425. Based on the very quiet solar conditions expected, based on the angular momentum theory.

  426. Salvatore Del Prete says:
    August 1, 2013 at 2:37 pm
    Two popular arguments will be at odds.
    CO2 increases temperatures increase.
    Solar activity decreases temperatures decrease.

    The future will not decide this at all. If we have a mixture of the two effects, you cannot tell how much each contributes. From the sum of two numbers you cannot tell what the two numbers were.

  427. Salvatore Del Prete says:
    August 1, 2013 at 2:39 pm
    Based on the very quiet solar conditions expected, based on the angular momentum theory.
    Apart from angular momentum theory being nonsense [violating the laws of nature: http://www.leif.org/EOS/Shirley-MNRAS.pdf ], the AM theory does not predict any definite numbers for ap. Have you found any?

  428. vukcevic says:

    Leif Svalgaard says:
    It is phoney
    Now you could tell us how it is phoney, when it is all on the graph
    http://www.vukcevic.talktalk.net/Ap_LT.htm
    I used your file of monthly Ap index since 1840’s
    Eliminated values below 15, then calculated 5 year moving average, to eliminate higher frequencies transitions.
    It was immediately obvious that Ap 1915 to 1962 section (SC14-SC19) had direct correlation with the GT.
    Also before 1915 and 1962-1990 there was good correlation but with Ap leading GT by 6 &3 years respectively.
    I suggested that the delays may be due to change in the intensity of ocean currents.
    It also appears that each section responded with different ‘sensitivity’ to forces that may be associated with the Ap measurements.
    Currently I may not be able to give credible explanation why in the 150 year long period there are 3 periods where the GT correlates to the Ap under different regimes of relationship, but the sequence is
    50 years delay
    50 years no delay
    50 years delay
    Highly reminiscent of your 100 year solar cycle (that you’ve been vigorously promoting recently) don’t you think so?
    Don’t think I’ll bother with your reply, so I’m off to bed.

  429. Anthony Watts says:

    Tallbloke tells me via email he won’t own up to the error in the link which caused this incident, and so with that, I’m going to close this thread since it is well off the main WUWT page now.

    I am so done with planetary cycles and the people who see such cycles affecting climate where none of relevance exists.

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