New Sunspot emerging – looks to be cycle 24

Alert reader Andrew writes: “I was just looking at the SOHO images and is it just me or does it look like there’s a sunspot developing in the lower left quadrant? If so, would this still be a cycle 23 spot given its low latitude?” It appears that a new spot is indeed emerging, and…

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Now comes the volcano

In addition to the other observed factors such as a long sunspot cycle and minima and PDO flip, now we’ll add some aerosols to the mix. Volcanism has been quiet for the most part for a few years. This should have a cooling effect on the southern hemisphere. I’ll point out that the effects on atmospheric albedo is yet…