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Weakest solar wind of the space age and the current “mini” solar maximum

From the new paper by McComas et al. The last solar minimum, which extended into 2009, was especially deep and prolonged. Since then, sunspot activity has gone through a very small peak while the heliospheric current sheet achieved large tilt angles similar to prior solar maxima. The solar wind fluid properties and interplanetary magnetic field…

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‘unexpected link between solar activity and climate change’ found in Greenland ice

Lund University have published a reconstruction of solar activity vs snow accumulation in Greenland, which indicates a strong correlation between solar minima and a colder climate. ‘The study shows an unexpected link between solar activity and climate change,’ Dr Muscheler said in a press release. ‘It shows both that changes in solar activity are nothing…

Revising the Sunspot Number

“AZleader” writes at “Inform the pundits”. Austin, August 16, 2014 – A rare spotless day on the sun on July 17-18, 2014 triggered public speculation that an already stunted Cycle 24 was nearly over. Such is not the case. Defying the odds for so late in a sunspot cycle, another solar sunspot maximum was set…

A Gleissberg Solar Minimum?

Allan MacRae says: Thanks to Alberta Jacobs In a recent paper “The Centennial Gleissberg Cycle and its Association with Extended Minima”, to be soon published in JGR/Space, Feynman and Ruzmaikin discuss how the recent extended minimum of solar and geomagnetic variability (XSM) mirrors the XSMs in the 19th and 20th centuries: 1810–1830 and 1900–1910.