More about "Ozone at lower latitudes is not recovering"

Guest Brief by Kip Hansen

My attention was captured by the same story posted earlier: “Ozone at lower latitudes is not recovering, despite Antarctic ozone hole healing“.

Here’s the thing, even more interesting — Sometimes the science news cycle throws up interesting juxtapositions. That story appeared as one half of an interesting pair which both appeared in my email inbox today.

Reduced energy from the sun might occur by mid-century—now, scientists know by how much“ — over at Tallbloke’s place — features the illustration of the solar cycle at the left and refers to a story at Phys.org by the same title. [More on this further on.]

solar_cycle_420

The other bit of Science News came from the journal Science in the most recent Science News email alert pointing me to this article: “Disturbing losses of protective ozone near Earth’s equator may be tied to short-lived chemicals”. This second item contains this image from NASA Goddard —

ozone_Earth

— which shows a band of lowered concentration of stratospheric ozone girdling the Earth over the tropics. We are informed that “new findings suggest that at mid-latitudes, where most people live, the ozone layer in the lower stratosphere is growing more tenuous—for reasons that scientists are struggling to fathom.”

By “more tenuous”, they mean specifically that “that ozone in the lower stratosphere between 60°S and 60°N has indeed continued to decline since 1998.”

The finding comes from a paper in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics authored by William Ball and a host of others titled “Evidence for a continuous decline in lower stratospheric ozone offsetting ozone layer recovery”. The general thrust of the paper is that while the “ozone hole” has seen improvement, the ozone layer’s total thickness in the mid-latitudes is declining and Ball and his colleagues suspect that the culprit is “very short-lived substances” (VSLSs): ozone-eating chemicals such as dichloromethane that break down within 6 months after escaping into the atmosphere.” Many of the “VSLSs are of natural origin—marine organisms produce dibromomethane, for example—use of human-made dichloromethane, an ingredient in solvents and paint removers, has doubled in recent years.”

Now we have something new to worry about — yet another human-caused threat to health and safety — maybe an ingredient in paint thinners is causing a dangerous thinning of the protective ozone layer where most of us live.

On the Other Hand —

Over at Phys.org, solar scientists are carefully explaining what is happening with the Sun.  Bascially:

“The sun might emit less radiation by mid-century, giving planet Earth a chance to warm a bit more slowly but not halt the trend of human-induced climate change.

The cooldown would be the result of what scientists call a grand minimum, a periodic event during which the sun’s magnetism diminishes, sunspots form infrequently, and less ultraviolet radiation makes it to the surface of the planet. Scientists believe that the event is triggered at irregular intervals by random fluctuations related to the sun’s magnetic field.”

Well, that’s good news — the cool down of the Sun might save us from [cue scary music] Climate Change.

They also tell us this interesting little fact:

“The reduced energy from the sun sets into motion a sequence of events on Earth beginning with a thinning of the stratospheric ozone layer. That thinning in turn changes the temperature structure of the stratosphere, which then changes the dynamics of the lower atmosphere, especially wind and weather patterns. The cooling is not uniform. While areas of Europe chilled during the Maunder Minimum, other areas such as Alaska and southern Greenland warmed correspondingly.“

Have we seen “reduced energy from the sun”? I don’t know….maybe you do, but we do know that the Solar Cycle looks like this:

solar_cycle_600

Could the thinning of stratospheric ozone in the Tropics be related to the reduced energy from the sun?

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Author’s Comment Policy:

This is just a note about two interesting papers appearing simultaneously. I don’t really have any opinion on the matter and am not very knowledgeable about either subject — the Sun or the Ozone Layer — so won’t be able to answer very many [any?] of your questions.

I’m interested in following the discussion in the comments.

Thanks for reading.

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The Figure shows a TINY solar cycle 25. This is wishful thinking with no basis in reality. The current prediction of cycle 25 calls for a cycle a bit stronger than cycle 24 that is now ending. So no grand minimum this time.

Leo Smith

some evidence to support that assertion would make it more believable.

You mean from the guys who made the Figure?

I don’t have any information on the figure presented. However, here is a link to a study that predicts weaker solar cycles for numbers 25 and 26. It’s analysis goes back at least three solar cycles. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/266799418_Prediction_of_Solar_Activity_from_Solar_Background_Magnetic_Field_Variations_in_Cycles_21-23

That study has been thoroughly debunked, e.g.
https://arxiv.org/abs/1710.05203

The study I posted only went back three cycles and forecasted thee cycles ahead. The “debunking” comment referred to a later study extending that to a longer period of time. Until the actual cycle happens, we really have two different approaches to forecasting. On an evidence based approach, I don’t know which will prove more accurate until the next cycle appears.

The very first paper on that ‘method’ had it wrong too. A model that cannot represent the past cannot be trusted to predict the future. You are doing yourself a disfavor by clinging to ‘fake’ solar news. But so what, if it makes you happy.

Mark Luhman

Isvalgaard you said ” The current prediction of cycle 25 calls for a cycle a bit stronger than cycle 24 that is now ending. So no grand minimum this time. ” This is pure BS do you not understand that the “current prediction” means nothing we won’t know what way cycle 25 is going until we are in it and it is near the end of cycle 25. I wish on God green earth so call educated people would understand a prediction of the future is worth nothing more that cost it to expel the words. At least in the investment community they have to disclose past performance is no guarantee of future results to bad climate scientist or for that matter and so called expert should have to disclose that.

we won’t know what way cycle 25 is going until we are in it and it is near the end of cycle 25
We have a likely mechanism for what causes the solar cycle [dynamo working of magnetic flux left over from a cycle]. It has succesfully predicted the last four cycles and postdicted many more. So there is a good chance our understanding will carry SC25 too.

Mark Luhman

Kip I don’t care there are highly regarded, he had three good guess so what? What does it mean, he need to state my best guess from what I have study it the cycle 25 will be going up not down. not that it is likely and more that a batter that had seven hit is going to get the eight. That life I don’t care what his paper said and how right he is, they have been people in the finical marker far more accurate for years that the fine Doctor and yet they have to put the discloser in it about time the climate scientist have to also. Since the activist take people like the good Doctor word and cause trillion of dollar to be wasted on worthless predictions.

worthless predictions.
Let me give you an example of the value of good predictions.
Back in 2005 or so, there were concerns about the size of the looming solar cycle 24. If it would be a large cycle, atmosphere would expand and the Hubble Space Telescope would fall out of the sky.. NASA was mandated to make sure that the satellite woud not cause damage or loss of life when it came down. To send up a spacecraft to refuel Hubble so it could make a controlled descent into the middle of the ocean would cost several hundred million dollars. Luckily, NASA believed our forecast of SC24 to be the smallest cycle in a hundred years and decided to leave Hubble in orbit, with resulting in an enormous saving of money and more than a decade [and still conttinuing] of wonderful science. Such is the value of acting on a good actual prediction, regardless of your disdain.

Mark Luhman

Kip I did not and it is not relevant and besides I strongly fairly certainly I would truly understand what he talking about and more than he would if I explanted to him what was wrong with his computer after I fixed it and I am not talking about replacing a FRU but the actual failing component. It is his use of the English language that I have problems with. If he had said it is our prediction that cycle 25 will be going up and at this time the supporting evidence supports that, I would have no problem with that. Even with that his prediction and his study of the subject does add weight to the prediction but at this point and time it is only that and to state flat out that cycle 25 is going to larger than 24 is only a guess it and educated guess with year of work behind it yet it is still a guess, when we are more than half way through and his guess proves out good, he may be on something, but the next cycle and where it is going is only going to be a guess. If he has figured really figure solar cycle the only people that are going to know is my grand children’s children and even that it may be wrong. That is science claiming precession and accuracy in prediction of the sun cycles and were it is going to take far more than three cycles. Not only do I have a computer background I also work that computer back ground in the financial markets and in the most regulated industry in this nation(banking) proper wording and disclaimers is a fact of life, I wish science would have to be as careful. Maybe a number of thing I pay for would be 20 to 40 percent less, like electricity!

That is science claiming precession and accuracy in prediction of the sun cycles and were it is going to take far more than three cycles.
First off: it is four cycles.
Now, you would be correct if we base the prediction on an observed correltaion without wknowing jow the cycle works, i.e. the physics behind the cycle. However, after decades of work we think we have a pretty good understanding of how the cycle works, what drives it [observed plasma movements], what feeds it [observed magnetic fields], and how it shows itself on other stars. Once the polar magnetic fields on the sun has reached a stable configuration, we can calculate how the next cycle will evolve [and we have done that four times successfully now]. As our measurements of what druves the cycle become better over time, so will the predictions. In a very real sense, the solar cycle is a much simpler system that the Earth’s climate. Complicated things can only exist in cold environments. If you heat stuff up enough and it turns into a gas all structure disappears and the gas state becomes really simple.
The analogy with financial markets is false, because the market does not evolve from physical [or even psychological] laws and by its very definition must be unpredictable. Think of what would happend if everybody knew what tomorrows stock prices would be and reacted accordingly.

Mark Luhman

Kip I was comment on his comment not his paper, again two different things, had Lief footnoted the paper in his original comment I would not have a leg to stand on.

his comment not his paper, again two different things
As the comment is firmly based on and derived from the paper, these are not two different things.

higley7

Actually, when the various solar and orbital cycles are simply overlaid in a computer screen and the resulting interference is observed, you end up with Maunder and Dalton Minimum regions. The interference pattern also matches up quite well with the historical sunspot record. This indicates that we are looking at least at a Dalton Minimum 2.0 or possibly another Maunder Minimum. Note, this is not a model, just simply the overlaying of known solar and orbital cycles. Anyhow, the small solar cycle 25 in the figure is realistic and possibly even exaggerated a bit—there might be no sunspots, as it has happened before.

Just lining up cycles is not doing science, so I would rather go with the prediction based on the observed polar fields as input to actual computation of the resulting cycle [not a ‘model’ mind you, but integration of the equations].

commieBob

Stratospheric ozone is created by ultraviolet radiation. link

Ultraviolet radiation increases dramatically during high sunspot activity, … link

It’s reasonable to expect that a sunspot minimum will have a big effect on stratospheric ozone.

D. J. Hawkins

This is what I don’t understand about the whole hair-on-fire attitude people have regarding ozone. If UV doesn’t react with O2 in the upper atmosphere to create ozone, it will in the lower. In the lower atmosphere it breaks down more quickly, but O2 has done its job by then and blocked that UV photon from directly smacking one of my basal cell chromosomes.

Mario Lento

D. J. Hawkins: Did you mean melanin cells or do you have non melignant skin cancer? Meant to post this under D. J. Hawkins’s post the first time!

D. J. Hawkins

@Mario
The basal cells are the cells of the innermost skin layer and are where skin cancer usually originates.

Mario Lento

I realized that about 1/2 an hour after I texted you. Brain fart on my part. Hence basal cells can turn to basal cell carcinoma vs melanin –>malanoma. Glad you’re OK…

Alan Tomalty

The ozone fiasco seems to be more complicated than the AGW fiasco. I am now well on the way to thinking that The Ozone scare is the 3rd greatest scam on mankind.

Mario Lento

I was waiting for someone to write that. Ozone is affected by UV… and the correlation may, should, could be related!

Mario Lento

D. J. Hawkins: Did you mean melanin cells or do you have non melignant skin cancer?

Javier

Pakistan Meteorological Department? Give me a break. Tallbloke is getting really exotic figures. Is that Taliban propaganda?
Lubin’s article on stars similar to the Sun UV emissions is not solid. The sample is too small. There are 25 Solar Grand Minima in the Holocene cosmogenic record. On average one every 500 years although they are irregularly distributed. A Sun-like star should expend ~ 16% of its time in a SGM. A sample of only 32 stars for 2 or 3 decades might not get any, even if the assumptions are correct.
A regular solar cycle sees a 3-4% Ozone reduction at its minimum. A small decrease in ozone might be due to reduced solar activity.comment image
Figure A: variation in ozone with the solar cycle.

M Courtney

As O2 seems to be in great abundance relative to any O3 level, the variation cannot be a direct effect 1 to 1 effect of any input.
There’s always more O2 to be converted into O3… but it isn’t. The idea that we are limited by something implies that either:
A) We have just enough input to make O3.
Or,
B) Something is constraining the O3 concentration.
If B then nothing matters except that constraining factor. No model works on that viewpoint. Except the idea that halogenated hydrocarbons are destroying O3 – and has done since photosynthesis evolved. Improbable.
If A then we have always been on the edge of losing the Ozone Layer and we would never have evolved to survive the incoming radiation variations. There would never have been the chance for life on Earth to survive until now.
Thus I conclude that the Ozone Layer variation is largely unimportant. QED.

There is evidence that the loss of O3 in the past has led to extinctions:
https://phys.org/news/2018-02-thinning-ozone-layer-driven-earth.html

Solar cycle 24’s EUV (Extreme UV) and FUV (Far UV) emissions are running at about 60% of cycle 23, which, in turn, was down on cycle 22. So current EUV and FUV emissions are down significantly this century. However UVA UVB and UVC emissions in cycle 24 and cycle 23 are only slightly down on Cycle 22. Probably only about 10%. This makes sense as EUV and FUV emissions occur mainly from active sunspots and sunspot activity is well down.
Only photons with a wavelength of less than 241 nm have sufficient energy to break the O=O bond of an O2 molecule. This is in the UVC range. Not all Far UV and Extreme UV emissions are absorbed by ionising processes in the ionosphere, exosphere and thermosphere. Some therefore reach the mesosphere and stratosphere. Those that do ionise oxygen molecules (and others) in these layers of the atmosphere don’t reach the troposphere or ground. In chemistry the ionising process is O2 + hv = O + O. (hv is the photon). There is also an immediate further reaction O + O2 + M = O3 + M* Where M is another body (usually O2 or N2) that carries away the heat generated by this reaction. That is M becomes hotter as a result of the ionisation. In practice the chemistry is much more complicated than this as oxides of nitrogen are also produced in these reactions. (N2 ionises with photons below a wavelength of 85 nm.)
Ozone is also destroyed by photons with a wavelength less than 320 nm, so much of the UVA range and all of the UVB range of photons can destroy ozone. The O3 molecule that is hit by these photons splits into O2 + O, the subsequent combining of two oxygen ions then form another O2 molecule. Heat is produced by these reactions and this is the other main reason why the stratosphere warms with height and the mesosphere cools with height. The ozone layer is densest at approximately the intersection of these two layers.
So less Ozone is being created by the sun in its current grand minimum state than is being destroyed. As a result the stratosphere and mesosphere have cooled and may cool further. This affects the jet streams and causes them to become more meridional. These more meandering jet streams can draw heat from the tropics more closer to the poles and cool air from the poles more closer to the tropics.
The psuedo-scientists who advocate the world is doomed from global warming currently sensationalise the warmer weather close to the poles and overlook the colder weather closer to the equator. However the bigger picture is quite different and no different to other grand minimums, which also featured heat waves where normally they would not occur as well as cold waves such as have been experienced this winter over much of the northern hemisphere. IF solar cycle 25 continues this progression then the little ice-age conditions being experienced will only become more extreme. By mid-century it could be very interesting as there will have been enough volcanic activity to cool Earth quite conclusively.

IF solar cycle 25 continues this progression
It does not seem to be the case. SC25 is now predicted to be a bit stronger than SC24.

Mark Luhman

“SC25 is now predicted to be a bit stronger than SC24” Again a predication, Isvalgaard as with all prediction you forgot to put in the disclaimer that should be with all predictions “past performance is no guarantee of future results.”

Extreme Hiatus

Predictions are always interesting. Seeing what actually happens is even more interesting.

More than interesting. Useful !

“past performance is no guarantee of future results”.
It is, if the performance is based on understanding of the physics.

Mark Luhman

Extreme Hiatus said “Predictions are always interesting. Seeing what actually happens is even more interesting.”
lsvalgaard said ” More than interesting. Useful !”
Dr. Svalgaard, Here you and I are in 100% agreement.
In my work electronic repair I always take a problem starts some basic test and then formulate a guess what is wrong, further testing either confirms my guess or cause me to formulate another other, I do not shotgun a problems. Also since to the most part I work an a large amount of consumer equipment and later a large number of different computer starting with Mini and mainframes I more often than not had to start on very dissimilar problems some had a common root, most did not. You have done the same you now have a concept that from observing certain output previous cycle you can predict what the next cycle is. Correctly me if I am wrong, I only did a quick read and since my science background is limited and over forty years old, I do sincerely hope you are right.
I also do not take my question you statement personal, over the years I been burned to often by experts and now I don’t take much stock in experts, in my previous job if I had listen to the experts the bank I work for and early on was responsible for security it would have been hack many times over.
Again I only had problem with you wording, neither the prediction or your expertise. At the less than eight grade comprehension our media has and their blatant dishonest all must be careful on what and how we say something. Even at that they may twist you words to something they were not.
Also having a computer background I have no faith in a computer being able to predict a chaotic system, even though so call experts tell me they can. For the past forty years I read and been told that and I know for a fact it not possible. It not possible even if one knew all the variable from the beginning and we had the computer power to run it before it all occurred.
From reading you PDF you are not doing you are looking a very limited number variables and applying them to you model and so far you model is correct. That the way it should work and good luck with that all though luck has little to do with it, since it mostly work good work!

Pop Piasa

The solar minimum doesn’t see very deep at the moment…
A C-8.1 among 19 other flares? AR2699 seems ignorant of predictions.

pochas94

The Mg II core/wing ratio is a measure of the UV portion of the solar spectrum. It is used to estimate satellite orbital decay rates, which vary depending on heating of the ozone layer which expands and causes drag on the satellites and hastens orbital decay. And, I imagine, relates directly to the amount of ozone present. Seems to indicate that lower c/w ratios leads to lower ozone production. Doubtful if “short-lived chemicals” have much to do with it. The effect of UV on the ozone layer is well researched.
http://www.spacewx.com/About_MgII.html

Pop Piasa

Or, the Brewer-Dobson circulation is taking ozone to the poles faster than it is migrating from the upper troposphere to the lower stratosphere over the tropics right now.

Pop Piasa

The upper stratosphere is where UV variation would be most likely to influence production.

High solar activity appears to decrease ozone above 45km and increase it below 45km.
Low solar activity does the opposite so the current low solar activity may well be the cause of BOTH the recovery of the ozone holes over the poles AND a decline in ozone below 45km in other latitudes.
“The spectral changes seem to have altered the distribution of ozone molecules above the troposphere. In a model simulation, ozone abundance declined below an altitude of 45 kilometres altitude in the period 2004–07, and increased further up in the atmosphere.”
from here:
https://www.nature.com/news/2010/101006/full/news.2010.519.html

Alan Tomalty

And how much have we spent worldwide trying to avoid the ozone non problem? We humans seem to like throwing money down a black hole. Do you know that a poster on this site from Argentina said you can openly buy CFCs for your air conditioner. Seems to be business as usual in Argentina. We should kick out the ploiticians that support the ozone scam as well. Wait Oh i forgot they are the same politicians that support the AGW scam.

Mario Lento

That’s what I was expecting. Thank you for posting Stephen Wilde

It was those changes observed by Joanna Haigh that appear to support this article of mine:
http://joannenova.com.au/2015/01/is-the-sun-driving-ozone-and-changing-the-climate/
and these current reports appear to provide further support especially given increased Jetstream meridionality in recent years.

joelobryan

I made this same argument (declining UV output during the ozone study period) on the original WUWT thread on the lower stratosphere Ozone thinning paper.

zazove

From the paper: “a future grand solar minimum could slow down but not stop global warming.”
Kip, Kip, Kip. You were doing so well, then you went and said this;
“Well, that’s good news — the cool down of the Sun might save us from [cue scary music] Climate Change.”
Leaps from informative stuff about some interesting research into… frankly inanity. Why not just trying sharing your discoveries impartially – like a scientist or at least a well-informed lay person would? Oh I know, no sense of humour…sorry, but inanity needs to be pointed out despite your comedic talents.
You then go on and your opinion seems to be that adding 2 and 2 gets 5, according Leif.
Can do better – F

joelobryan

For your consideration:
– Their own statement in the study abstract: “Ozone forms in the Earth’s atmosphere from the photodissociation of molecular oxygen, primarily in the tropical stratosphere. ”
– Photodissociation of O2 to form O3 is due to the incident high-levels of UV arriving from the sun into the statosphere. This UV absorption by the created O3 is greatest at the shorter wavelengths, UVC and UVB.
– Any secular decline (over the period of study) in arriving UV would decrease O3 production, and unless this decline is taken into consideration, other conclusions about O3 decline are worthless.
To wit:
-. The solar F10.7 radio flux is an accurate proxy for solar EUV flux and thus to UV in general arriving at the TOA.
– The F10.7 record:
http://www.spaceweather.gc.ca/auto_generated_products/solradmon_eng.png
The period of the Ozone thinning in the lower Troposphere study is from 1998 – 2016. A secular decline in UV output from the sun occurred during this period. But this is also a period when upper stratosphere ozone was apparently increasing while continuing to decline in the lower stratosphere.
Their figure:
http://i65.tinypic.com/1t9643.png
Maybe the Montreal protocol was working, but production of O3 the deeper (lower) you go into the stratosphere requires more UV flux than the higher levels were the atmosphere is much thinner. At any rate, UV was declining during this period, and the author’s make no mention of that.

higley7

Nor is there any mention anywhere that I see here of the Dupont scientist that came out 20 years after CFCs were banned (and replaced with a newly patented refrigerant by Dupont) and admitted to having fabricated his work. We know now that solar UV and N2 in the atmosphere at low Antarctic temperatures break down ozone. It has noting demonstrable to do with CFCs. Banning the out of patent Dupont CFCs was a corporate profit scam, as the replacement was theirs and more expensive as well.

catweazle666
Gunga Din

I work in water treatment. We use Ozone. The have a system to destroy the O3 that has off gassed from the water.
Should we stop?
Al’s original scare was the Ozone “hole”. (Fail) Next came CO2 making the Earth’s core 1,000,000 degrees….er…sorry…hard to keep the nonsense straight sometimes.
Make that, Man’s CO2 causing his beachfront properties to need flood insurance? (Because it’s supposed to be hot now and melt stuff. 1,000,000 degrees can do that.)
Neither scare works anymore so they’re recycling Ozone?

Extreme Hiatus

Yes, apparently. And it is all supposedly because “use of human-made dichloromethane, an ingredient in solvents and paint removers, has doubled in recent years.”
Ha ha ha. Ozone has been a stupid joke since they invented the ‘ozone hole crisis’ to ‘fix’ with their test run for ‘fixing’ the ‘CAGW crisis.’
Of course, now that we ‘know’ that CAGW causes psychological effects, that may be the reason that I fail to understand how really, totally, awesomely serious this all is…

Alan Tomalty

And costing us all a hell of a lot of money. The Chinese and the Argentinians are laughing at us. I wonder how many other countries are openly using CFCs.

Bear

I seem to remember Hathaway]s prediction was that 24 was going to be larger than 23. Doesn’t give me confidence in any prediction either way.
It does lead to an interesting point. If temps are going to plateau during 25 (assuming the AGW theory and this one are correct) then the actual temps should have been higher than average during the larger solar maximums, which implies that the climate models accuracies are even worse than they appear, right?

climate models accuracies are even worse than they appear, right?
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in climate science everything is worse than expected. even those things that are better.
more snow, less snow. hotter, colder. more ozone, less ozone. makes no difference. everything, and its opposite, is always worse than expected.
that is what separates climate. science from lesser disciplines. no matter what climate always turns out to be worse than expected.
this makes climate models inherently predictable.

Quite right, ferdberple. If it was not ‘worse than expected’, they would not even mention it. However as it is always ‘worse than expected’ they can start an immediate search for a new scapegoat to generate Grants with.

Alan Tomalty

Willis informed us that the only thing the climate models get right is backward predictions on previous temperatures because once they know the temperature they finetune the models to produce that exact temperature. This is like the golf swing analysts on TV. After they know the result of the shot they then analyze the swing of the PGA golfer. Of course that makes their analysis 100% correct.

TomRude
Alan Tomalty

I wonder if support for AGW is dropping in Finland. As with religion it will probably take a long time for warmists to face up to the truth. They may never. That is the scary part.

observa

“The sun might emit less radiation by mid-century, giving planet Earth a chance to warm a bit more slowly but not halt the trend of human-induced climate change.”
If there’s another pause the computer models didn’t predict well you read it here first and it’s all very predictable.

Juan Carlos Frederico de Alvarez

Then stop geoengineering. Pretty simple

Mydrrin

Perhaps it also has something to do with the strong Ferrel Cells pushing cold air around the northern hemisphere. The first clues were the hurricanes and the weird way they were forming in cold waters, stalling out over Texas with a cold falling air right near. The Ferrel Cells pushing cold dense air into the American interior causing Santa Ana winds and wild fires from the adiabatic warming of the dense dry air. Cooling in the upper atmosphere, perhaps this will continue cooling the planet, not sure if we know enough but it may continue.

Here is a key component of cooling, imo. The sea ice around Antarctica is below average once again, but as a result of that cooling surface temps have expanded northward. The effects can readily be seen, Notice how the west coast of South America is cool in the middle of their summer as surface winds carry the spreading cold from Antarctica northward. The tip of SA is currently experiencing freezes. The cooler air can be seen grazing the southern extremities of Australia, the east coast of Australia, Tasmania, and New Zealand.
Lastly the tip of Africa, and the dire straits that Cape Town people are now facing with zero water. That is what made me pay more attention to what was happening in the SH. Earthnull shows that the eastern side of South Africa is receiving this cooler air coming from Antarctica. That air is going to be to the dry side. …https://earth.nullschool.net/#current/wind/surface/level/overlay=temp/orthographic=168.56,-92.34,672/loc=50.927,-79.800
plus South Africa, …https://earth.nullschool.net/#current/wind/surface/level/overlay=temp/orthographic=30.44,-24.48,672/loc=29.514,-28.405

Also of note is the strong flow of cold surface air flowing towards the Equator in the southeastern Pacific. This could be the beginning of a stronger La Nina which should last several years, imo. The cooling effect of these surface winds on the ocean sst is also readily apparent …https://earth.nullschool.net/#current/ocean/primary/waves/overlay=sea_surface_temp/orthographic=-95.90,-25.91,672/loc=-78.131,-41.134

lloydr56

Taking a step back: Susan Solomon’s work on ozone in the atmosphere will probably be remembered as a great discovery: at the least, the release of specific compounds into the atmosphere could have specific effects on both ozone holes and amount of ozone, and these in turn could affect temperature, or otherwise affect life on earth. The specifics? CFCs–man-made, of course–were supposed to be the big danger, so now there is a treaty. Maybe this has addressed ozone holes (maybe not?), but there is still this pesky problem of the amount of ozone. Let’s point at other compounds that might “cause” ozone-related issues. If they’re man-made, maybe we need a new treaty, and the basic Solomon narrative will hold up. But if some compounds released by organisms naturally can cause ozone-related issues, then we need a different narrative, not insisting that man-made something something is the biggest problem.
The biggest concern with Solomon’s work and the CFC treaty is that it prepared the way for global climate man-made something something.

Clyde Spencer

“…the ozone layer in the lower stratosphere is growing more tenuous…” By how much? Is the current level sufficient to provide protection to the biosphere? Is the situation comparable to going from sea level to a ski resort, or significantly less? If UVC gets through the stratosphere, then what? Almost certainly more ozone will be created in the upper troposphere. Yes, its half-life will be less than in the stratosphere, but as the LA smog basin clearly demonstrates, tropospheric ozone can have a substantial persistence. While ground-level ozone has undesirable effects, that is an entirely different story than the concern about cancer and cataracts.
The central issue of the decline in stratospheric ozone is the POTENTIAL (could, might, possibly, etc.) increase in surface UV. Where are the measurements of the increase in the absolute values of the UV flux? If there is some compensating mechanism, such tropospheric absorption of UV, then the whole hypothesis is invalidated. It becomes a tempest in a tea cup. That isn’t to say that there might not be other undesirable results, but it would eliminate the concern about melanoma and cataracts.
The problem seems to be that without raising the possibility of disastrous results for humans or the global ecosystem, it is difficult to get grant money to keep the universities funded and put food on the researchers’ family table. Thus, there is a strong financial incentive to claim “The sky is falling!”

Gary Pearse

Kip: So if thinning of the ozone were to be the result of reduced solar energy then:
1) Recovery of the polar ozone hole would likely be largely due to solar factors and less to do with CFCs.
2) The thinning would also prove less dangerous to the biosphere because there would be possibly commensurate reduction in UV danger.
3) Plus the cooling, all signs of the Earth’s resiliency and resistance to agents of change. The much ignored LeChatelier Principle, generally thought (even by LeChatelier himself) to apply only to chemical reactions seems to be invoked. I’ve been thinking of fleshing out this principle from some of my own thoughts and those from others I’ve recently come across. It states-wiki:
“When any system at equilibrium is subjected to changein concentration, temperature, volume, or pressure, then the system readjusts itself to counteract (partially) the effect of the applied change and a new equilibrium is established.”

Henryp

For the record. I predicted SC25 to be stronger than S24. In fact it will be similar to SC23. Has to do with the GB cycle.
Similarly. You cannot look at recent data on ozone. Have to look at it over a period of 87 years. Recommend you look at the data from Arosa in Switzerland. Goes back to 1927 if I remember correctly.
More ozone means less UV energy in the oceans. Less ozone means the oceans will get warmer.

Has to do with the GB cycle.
No, to claim so is bad science [but perhaps fun for the layman]

Leif
Your continued denial of the existence of the GB cycle
which IMHO is regulated by ozone production/destruction,
controlling the amount of energy going into the oceans,
continues to amaze me.
The existence of the 87 year Gleisberg cycle is evident in the results of many scientists, including myself, and many scientists looking at it before you.
e.g. note Table II and III, here,
http://virtualacademia.com/pdf/cli267_293.pdf

The ‘cycle’ is not stable enough or repeatable enough to be useful for precise prediction. E.g. what would your prediction for cycles 19 and 20 be if using your GB cycle?

Leif,
you claim no stability in the GB cycle?
12000 years is not enough for you?
https://academic.microsoft.com/detail/2116217184?FORM=DACADP
Remember I have said before that, really, your 11 year SC is bogus. Even the above report starts off by mentioning that the real SC is 22 years….

Regardless of your genius, this is what the last 300 years look like. There have been three ~105-year ‘cycles’. No sign of your 87-year GB. And you evaded my question about cycles 19 and 20. Answer it to gain[?] some credibility.
http://www.leif.org/research/The-GB-Cycle.png

leif
and as discussed before, you have to look at 2SC’s that equal one Hale cycle. Take the average of each Hale cycle and you see the pattern.
mind you, better look at the solar polar field strengths rather than SSN
and note that I would never look at a subjective measure like SSN more than 100 years back…..
(we discussed all that in detail before as well)
We are moving off topic. I was trying to enlighten Kip noting that there is a definite
GB trend in ozone results.
see my comment here:
https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/02/07/ozone-at-lower-latitudes-is-not-recovering-despite-antarctic-ozone-hole-healing/#comment-2737182
Anyway, Leif, if you want to help me, cannot you ask your daughter in CH to get me the monthly data from Arosa for the last couple of years? I cannot find it on line anymore.
Thanks!

I would never look at a subjective measure like SSN more than 100 years back…..
And yet you were pushing 12,000 old data. Go figure.
Arosa: the last couple of years don’t do much for the long-term trend.
solar polar field strengths rather than SSN
We can reconstruct that cneturies back:
http://hmi.stanford.edu/hminuggets/?p=2084
http://hmi.stanford.edu/hminuggets/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/LS_f2.png

we discussed all that in detail before as well
but you didn’t learn anything from that…

Henryp

Leif
I learn from you or you learn from me -:
Perhaps we are all students and teachers to each other?
when was that again when they did that research showing the persistence of the GB cycle over the past 12000 yrs?
Better just check your words before you write them.
Pity you canmot help me getting more Arosa results.

No, sorry Henry, there is nothing to learn from you.
And you still evade [for good reason, I surmise] to answer mey question about how your 87-yr ‘cycle’ predicted cycle 19 and cycle 20.
There is no 87-yr cycle visible in the sunspot record stretching back 400 years. If there has been a cycle, its period has been more lime 105 years.

Henryp

You can always learn from another person…pity you don’t get that.
Anyway. To see the GB cycle you have to look at earth. Like many did before me. Looking at levels of lakes, rivers, ice, weather patterns, etc.
Only when you established the cycle on earth, as I have proven that it does exist, you must start looking at the sun and suspect a correlation.
FIRTST Go look what is coming through the atmosphere.

You can always learn from another person…pity you don’t get that.
Only if that other person knows what he is talking about.
Anyway. To see the GB cycle you have to look at earth.
No, to see a solar 87-yr cycle, you have to look at the Sun.
And as I showed you, there is no such cycle the last 300 years.
You still evade my question: how do you predict cycle 19 and cycle 20 usng your GB-cycle?
That I would like to learn.
If you still evade to answer, I take it that you agree that your GB-cycle is useless for prediction.

Henryp

Go back and you will find that I have already answered the question. You want me to predict the next SC that has an anomolous SSN?

No, you have not. What were the predeicted values? for SC19? and for SC20?
Your evasion shows why one does not learn much from you.

Steve from Ky

Damn, I guess CO2 will reach 500ppm and we will all burn up…….LOL

Tom Bakewell

Dr. Svalgaard, Thank you very much for the efforts (and patience you show) you offer to us here on WUWT. I don’t understand much of what I read, but I keep picking at it and sometimes understanding follows. Thank you again, good sir!
Tom Bakewell

It is my goal to be informative. And if you have questions, I’m ready to answer them [to the best of my ability based on what knowledge we have wrested from Mother Naure].

fmassen

The scare about the O3 decline in the lower stratosphere hides the most important statement found in the Ball et al. paper, i.e. the TOC (total ozone column) remained more or less constant. As an supposedly dangerous increase of UVB radiation is suggested as the consequence of O3 thinning, it is refreshing to note that here in Luxembourg there is ***NO*** increase in erythemal UVB (also called UVE): look here). These measurements are confirmed by UCCLE in Belgium, which have one of the longest TOC series in the world. See their TOC trends here.
So: TOC remains constant (for ever reason), UVE remains constant –> there is NO problem!

Brett Keane

Here in the SH, the effective power of UV has lowered in recent years. With rare excursions from flare-ups. If the next SC is similar to this one as LS says, then we can expect more cooling.

Recovery of ozone over the poles and relatively less ozone over the equator is what I expect when the jets become more wavy at a time of less active sun:
http://joannenova.com.au/2015/01/is-the-sun-driving-ozone-and-changing-the-climate/
Those ozone changes combine to alter the gradient of tropopause height between equator and poles.
Any significant reduction in solar energy reaching the surface is due to more clouds from wavier jets (and not cosmic rays as per Svensmark).

True.
there are not many people who figured out that global T / & weather is driven by the amount of energy reaching the oceans which depends on the amount of UV going into the oceans.
I was astonished. Starting off my investigations, being made to believe that a trace gas like CO2 could ‘trap’ energy and make earth warmer, I now believe that a few trace gasses that are manufactured TOA by the most energetic particles coming from the sun can play a much bigger part by deflecting energy away from earth….

Yuo are still evading to answer my question.

leif
the question was answered.
It is not my problem if you don’t get it.
https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/02/07/more-about-ozone-at-lower-latitudes-is-not-recovering/#comment-2738298
looking at the solar magnetic field strengths, you can see that the top of the GB sine was in 1971 and the bottom was in 2014, as also confirmed by several of my own measurements. So the next solar cycle with anomalous SSN will be in 2037/38.
SC 28.

the question was answered.
It is not my problem if you don’t get it.

If you want to communicate, you do that by answering here and now. You were supposed to just give TWO numbers: your predicted Rmax for SC19 and SC20.
And if you want to gain some credibility you can explain how you got those precise numbers.

Take the average of each Hale cycle and you see the pattern.
No, there is no such pattern:
http://www.leif.org/research/Sunspot-Numbers-and-22-yr-Averages.png
And what are the two numbers you predict for SC19 and SC20?

Leif
I don’t think you did that right. Is that a moving average of 22 years?
Here is another approach.
I do 2 linear fits on the GB period 1927 to 2014 on the (single) Schwabe SSN
http://www.woodfortrees.org/plot/sidc-ssn/from:1927/to:1971/offset/trend/plot/sidc-ssn/from:1920/to:2018/plot/sidc-ssn/from:1969/to:2014/trend
Whichever way you look at it, something odd did occur around 1971. This is what you call a SSN result for a SC that nobody would expect. Seemingly anomalous. But clearly, to me, there was a turning point. If you look at the magnetic field strengths it looks like a (single) solar cycle within a (single) solar cycle.
I cannot do this with the wft program, but imagine that the red line is part of a half hyperbole moving up. The blue line is part of another half hyperbole moving down under. That means that around 1971 there was a dead end stop. There is no other way. There was an electrical switch in 1971 on the sun. [IMHO most probably caused by an additional gravitational pull from the planets. There are some before me who have postulated similar conclusions.]. In 2013-14 there was another dead end stop. The next dead end stop will be 43 years from 2014 (i.e. one half GB cycle ahead), i.e. 2037.

oops.
2014 + 43 = 2057.
Pity.
We won’t be around to see it happening.