Climate change: It Was The Sun All Along – So Say The Bulgarians

Guest essay by David Archibald

The gentle, much-appreciated warming of the second half of the 20th century could not have had carbon dioxide as its cause. Carbon dioxide’s logarithmic heating effect is weak at 100 ppm, tuckered out well and truly at 200 ppm and beyond 300 ppm – well never mind. We are now above 400 ppm from which it is a monotonic 0.1°C for each 100 ppm increase. That doesn’t explain anything and in turn leaves the Sun as the only possible causative agent for the Modern Warm Period. Based on when we run out of rocks to dig up and burn, the atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration will peak out at around 560 ppm. We are now at 408 ppm so only another 0.15°C to go before the deep oceans, over the subsequent centuries, take almost all the extra carbon dioxide down into the Davy Deep and our plants go back to near-starvation levels of it.

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Figure 1: Logarithmic heating effect of atmospheric carbon dioxide

A version of this graph was first published on WUWT in 2006 and had its first peer-reviewed appearance in an Energy and Environment paper in 2007. While Figure 1 is diagrammatic it is accurate enough to base public policy on.

It has been argued by some here on WUWT that the Sun is so unvarying that it should be dismissed from consideration as our climatic benefactor. But along comes a Bulgarian-Russian paper that looks at the evidence from a different perspective – Georgieva et al.’s Solar Magnetic Fields and Terrestrial Climate from 2014. The Bulgarians are unequivocal in their message. The last sentence of the paper states:

Therefore, the expected decrease of aamin and increase of b

both predict future decrease of TSI which, added to the expected decreasing

geomagnetic activity, will be an additional factor for the future global cooling.

Solar-driven global cooling is in our future. The paper starts by discussing TSI and notes that:

Reconstructions of TSI since the Maunder minimum in the second

half of the 17th century, when the Sun was extremely inactive and Europe

experienced the “Little Ice Age”, estimate values of TSI from equal to the ones

during the last 2008-2009 solar minimum to almost 6 W/m2 lower.

So there are a range of TSI reconstructions. Necessarily, some are wrong. The paper discusses how the ones that are wrong got it wrong:

Several wrong assumptions are made when reconstructing TSI from only

the number of sunspots. The first one is that the sunspot number can be used instead of the sunspot area which actually determines the impact of sunspots reducing the TSI. Actually, the relation between sunspot number and area changes in time, and recently it was shown

that the proportion of small to large spots has been increasing which

means decreasing ratio of the total sunspot area to the number of sunspots.

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Figure 2: Ratio of small sunspots to large sunspots 1998 – 2011

The ratio of small sunspots to large sunspots increased dramatically near the end of Solar Cycle 23 which was also the end of the Modern Warm Period. TSI reconstructions overly reliant upon sunspot number will get it wrong.

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Figure 3: Sunspot magnetic field relative to sunspot area for Solar Cycles 20, 21, 22 and 23

There is another complication in that while the darkness of a sunspot

important for its contribution to TSI depends on its magnetic field, which in

turn is related to the spot’s area, the relationship between the spots’

area and magnetic field changes from cycle to cycle.

The paper makes some observations re the correlation between TSI and solar cycle amplitude:

The variations in TSI follow roughly the variations in the sunspot

cycles amplitudes, however with important differences. The most intense cycle

in this period as measured by the number of sunspots was cycle 19, but the most

intense cycle as measured by TSI was cycle 21. Similarly, the weakest cycle in

sunspot number was cycle 14, but the weakest cycle in TSI was cycle 12. The

explanation for these discrepancies is that the cycle averaged TSI is a result of

the interplay between the variations of the darkening determined by the total

area and magnetic field in sunspots, and the brightening determined by the total

area and magnetic field in facular and ephemeral regions.

Katya Georgieva and her co-authors advance civilisation and push back against the darkness by contributing their own TSI reconstruction:

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Figure 4: TSI since the beginning of the 17th century

Since the end of the Maunder minimum (Solar Cycle -4, 1698-1712), TSI has increased by about 3 W/m2, and since the deepest part of the Maunder minimum (not shown), the increase is about 7 W/m2.

There are many TSI reconstructions. The question is: Which to believe? As per Nir Shaviv’s observation that the oceans are a giant calorimeter measuring solar output, so is the Earth from long term climate records. The Georgieva paper notes:

Total solar irradiance reconstructions, calculated taking into account the

evolution of sunspot magnetic fields derived from geomagnetic data, support the

TSI composites and reconstructions showing much higher long-term TSI variability, and consequently much bigger solar influences on climate variability than

accounted for in popular models. Even for a very conservative value of climate

sensitivity to TSI variations of 0.5 adopted by IPCC AR4, the estimated TSI increase since the early 18th century (the end of the Maunder minimum), and moreover since the deepest part of the Maunder minimum, demonstrate that TSI increase alone was responsible for ∆T of at least 1.5° and 3.5° K, respectively.

The Georgieva paper restores the Sun to its rightful place as the source of long term climatic variation. The erstwhile usurper, the pretender to the throne that is global warming theory, is left to agitating the minds of discredited elements and malcontents.

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Figure 5: Shaunavon, Saskatchewan April 8, 2018

Photo from Tim Lingenfelter who notes “Farmers in Saskatchewan should be in the fields by next week as a rule. Not this year.” Operational practices are yet to adjust to the end of the Modern Warm Period.

David Archibald is the author of American Gripen: The Solution to the F-35 Nightmare

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RH
April 9, 2018 8:51 am

Of course it’s the sun. All the smart people know it.

commieBob
Reply to  RH
April 9, 2018 9:20 am

Nobody has successfully demonstrated that sunspots control the climate. The usual suspects will be along to prove that this latest paper is bunk and they will probably be correct.

RWturner
Reply to  commieBob
April 9, 2018 9:30 am

But it’s pretty obvious that it’s the sun.

RH
Reply to  commieBob
April 9, 2018 9:49 am

Regardless, it’s obviously the sun. The “usual suspects” need to break their false premise that if it’s the sun, then there must be an 11 yr cycle evident in the temperature record. Once they do that, they will be free to explore exactly how the sun controls climate.

Crispin in Waterloo but really in Potchefstroom
Reply to  commieBob
April 9, 2018 9:55 am

CommieB
I didn’t read that it was sunspots, but the sun that controls the climate. I think the sun is not variable in essence, but the TSI is. That it approximately follows the sunspot number is ‘related’ but with a sharp pencil, we can differentiate between the sunspot count, the TSI, the area affected, the compensating faculae, and the impact.
The most interesting thing is that the sheer scale of the change is easily enough to account for the great majority of observed temperature variation.
Personally, I think the concomitant variation in Polar ozone is related, basing my opinion on the theory and experimental proofs of Prof Lu in Waterloo. By that I mean a change in isolation is not enough, because of the self-governing effects of tropical thunderstorms.
Multiple mechanisms are in play, with the Sun to rule them all. Surely this cannot be a big surprise to anyone who observes there are ice ages and interstadials. Bad things are coming.
“And all eyes shall look up in terror.”

commieBob
Reply to  commieBob
April 9, 2018 9:57 am

RH April 9, 2018 at 9:49 am
… The “usual suspects” need to break their false premise …

Why don’t you reply to their comments below.

Bill Powers
Reply to  commieBob
April 9, 2018 10:01 am

I could program a computer model to do it. Aside from that, nobody has successfully demonstrated that CO2 controls the climate. They have attempted to shut down debate and declare a voting majority (consensus) has decreed it so but alas no demonstration.
Just as long as there is government grant money being passed around there will be usual and not so usual suspects to write papers on computers in exchange for said money. Words in massive tomes obfuscate the obvious and dare non-scientists to object in order to shoot them down with ad hominem attacks on their intelligence.That usually shuts them up. And for the cherry on this sundae they use political non-scientists to orchestrate the attacks.

Reply to  commieBob
April 9, 2018 10:55 am

I hereby declare that
the climate is out of control.
When it gets too cold in Michigan,
I complain about the cold.
This winter has been too cold,
and it is still too cold here.
In a few days there are forecasts
that temperatures will not be
below freezing at night … finally.
Where is all that global warming
we’ve been promised since the
late 1970s?
I can’t find it, so I plan to sue someone.
Who should I sue?
Maybe nothing controls the climate
— it has a mind of its own.
No matter what we humans predict,
Ms. Climate will do something else.
Where’s my proof ?
I don’t need no stinkin’ proof —
No claims in modern climate science
are EVER proven — climate science
is where you EXCLAIM,
and never EXPLAIN.
My climate change blog:
http://www.elOnionBloggle.Blogspot.com

prjindigo
Reply to  commieBob
April 9, 2018 12:36 pm

Sunspots don’t control climate; Government crop subsidies do!

Reply to  commieBob
April 9, 2018 1:20 pm

crispin is in potch?
that is nearby me.
are we having some coffee?

Charlie Bates
Reply to  commieBob
April 9, 2018 6:10 pm

Sunspots and their number are just one manifestation of one of the several forces at work emanating from the sun that control climate. We know now that CO2 levels follow temperature changes, not the other way around. More importantly, we know that climate alarmism is grounded in the redistribution of wealth.

Philip of Taos
Reply to  commieBob
April 15, 2018 10:10 am

Perhaps there are thousands of things that influence the climate and Co2 is a small part.

Reply to  Philip of Taos
April 15, 2018 10:16 am

CO2 has no part in global warming. In fact it is already cooling.

Bill Powers
Reply to  RH
April 9, 2018 9:49 am

Even the not so smart but simply curious. It really doesn’t take a rocket or even a climate scientists to finger out the principle source of heat for Mother Gaia. Consider that my Earth Science 110 course back in 1976, was kanoodling the coming Ice age, despite CO2 having a slight greenhouse effect. Nobody felt the need to question why greenhouses themselves never warmed catastrophically.

Reply to  Bill Powers
April 9, 2018 11:07 am

The sun and greenhouse gasses,
make sense but there is very little
evidence to declare they are more
than minor factors (other than huge
temperature changes caused by
planetary geometry)
… but there may also be changes from:
Yet unknown factors,
Ocean oscillations,
Albedo changes,
Heat from earth’s core,
Heat releases from oceans (ENSO),
Aerosols in air, including
extraterrestrial dust,
Urban heat island,
1800s thermometers that
tended to read low
= overstating warming,
Wild guessing (infilling) a majority
of surface temperature grids.
“Adjustments”
“Re-adjustments”
“Re-re-re-adjustments”
Leftist “fingers on the scale”
Human error in data collection.
Measurement instrument error.
Assuming average temperature
is a good proxy for “the climate”.
Mistaking random variations
for a real trend.
Extrapolating short term trends.
Having so few real time temperature
measurements it’s impossible to know
what a “normal” climate is, if such a
thing could exist on a planet not in
thermodynamic equilibrium.

jorgekafkazar
Reply to  Bill Powers
April 9, 2018 11:15 am

“Nobody felt the need to question why greenhouses themselves never warmed catastrophically.”
I’m not sure that is true. Google greenhouse + overheating. From the Internerd:
“Cooling the Summer Greenhouse: Overheating of the greenhouse during the summer months is a common but unnecessary problem….”

Richie
Reply to  Bill Powers
April 10, 2018 5:22 am

So has anyone studied actual greenhouses empirically? Compare temps after the sun goes down between one with CO2 PPM of say 2000 and one at 400. Shouldn’t one cool faster than the other?

Samuel C Cogar
Reply to  Bill Powers
April 10, 2018 6:11 am

Bill Powers April 9, 2018 at 9:49 am

Nobody felt the need to question why greenhouses themselves never warmed catastrophically.

Great statement, Bill.
But the literal fact is, even the intelligent and educated “love” to mimic things without ever feeling the need to question them, …. case in point, to wit:
Quoting David Archibald, to wit:

Carbon dioxide’s logarithmic heating effect is weak at 100 ppm, tuckered out well and truly at 200 ppm and beyond 300 ppm – well never mind.

@ David A, ….. it is my learned opinion that your inclusion of the above quoted comment as the second (2nd) sentence of your published commentary pretty much relegates its entire contents/context to the status of being non-believable “science fiction”.
If what you stated above was a fact of the physical sciences, ….. then it would ALSO have to be a fact of the physical sciences that all CO2 molecules residing in the earth’s atmosphere would not only have to be in constant communication with one another, ….. but they would also have to be able to instantly determine the total quantity (ppm) of individual CO2 molecules within the atmosphere so that the per se “older” CO2 molecules could instruct the per se “newer” CO2 molecules how much thermal “heat” energy they were permitted to absorb and re-radiate in order to maintain the predefined “logarithmic heating effect”.
The simple facts are, to wit:

There are several different types of greenhouse gases. The major ones are water vapor, carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide.
With more greenhouse gases in the air, heat passing through on its way out of the atmosphere is more likely to be stopped [absorbed]. The added greenhouse gases absorb the heat. They then radiate this heat. Some of the heat will head away from the Earth, some of it will be absorbed by another greenhouse gas molecule, and some of it will wind up back at the planet’s surface again. With more greenhouse gases, heat will stick around, warming the planet.

Read more @ https://scied.ucar.edu/longcontent/greenhouse-effect

donb
Reply to  RH
April 9, 2018 10:18 am

Total dismissal of atmospheric CO2 in producing any warming given in the first paragraph is based on a mis-understanding of HOW CO2 produces a greenhouse effect and is largely wrong.
Clive Best gave a simple (and correct) explanation here:
http://clivebest.com/blog/?p=1169
Yes, IR absorption by CO2 is saturated. In fact, near sea level, it saturates in only about 25 meters. So, adding more CO2 simply decreases the IR saturation distance. As atmospheric pressure increases there is additional IR absorption by CO2 caused by a pressure broadening of the IR absorption bands. But these are not the major cause of CO2 warming.
The major cause of CO2 warming with increasing CO2 atmospheric concentrations is an increase in CO2 emission height, the atmospheric height at which IR released by CO2 can escape to space, rather than be absorbed by another CO2 molecule. Increased emission height is characterized by a colder environment, and by Stefan-Boltzmann the IR emission rate (and thus heat loss from Earth) slows down. The Earth’s surface and atmosphere must warm to compensate.
Read Clive’s nice explanation.
This does not rule out a role for the Sun in controlling Earth’s temperature. Direct CO2 warming, by itself, is only part of the explanation.

ferdberple
Reply to  donb
April 9, 2018 10:46 am

is an increase in CO2 emission height
========
That is the theory. Where has this been observed to confirm the theory is correct? The missing hotspot says there is a huge problem with the theory.

karl
Reply to  donb
April 9, 2018 12:43 pm

@ ferd
nowhere AFAIK — I wouldn’t hold my breath

Reply to  donb
April 9, 2018 11:34 pm

CO2 is a verya strong absorber of infrared radiation and its effect is ready below 1 km altitude in all climate zones.. The average contribution of CO2 in the GH effect is about 13% but tis effect varies a lot according to the climate zones: tropics about 5% and polar area about 24%. If the arbsorption by CO2 would be ready after 25 meters altitude, there would be no climate zone differences. The differences between cliamte zones are due to the water, because it overlaps with CO2. In tropics water does not leave room for CO2.

Wolf
Reply to  donb
April 10, 2018 12:04 am

Sorry, increased emissions height was just where warmists moved the goal posts after it was shown that downwelling LWIR couldn’t slow the cooling rate of water free to evaporatively cool. (Ie: 71% of the planet’s surface).
The increased emissions height argument fails on three counts:
1. Almost all LWIR emissions from the atmosphere are from H2O, most of which occurs well below the tropopause during the heat pulse released when water vapour condenses to cloud. CO2 is a non player in radiative cooling of the atmosphere.
2. If increased CO2 concentration actually reduced radiative cooling of an air mass (it doesn’t), this would offset adiabatic cooling as it rose and expanded into a lower pressure region. Ie: it would still be radiating at the same temperature even though at a higher altitude.
3. Without radiative gases, our atmosphere has no effective way to cool. Adding more of these gases will not reduce the atmosphere’s radiative cooling ability.
If you would like to challenge these points, first point out how our atmosphere could cool without radiative gases like H2O and CO2. Second, if you’d like to claim as Ray Pierrehumbert ludicrously did in 1995 that initially radiative gases help the atmosphere cool, but then cause warming, I would be delighted if you could give an exact figure in ppm for H2O where this tipping point is achieved and show your working.

Samuel C Cogar
Reply to  donb
April 10, 2018 6:29 am

Wolf – April 10, 2018 at 12:04 am
Great post, Wolf, especially this statement:

2. If increased CO2 concentration actually reduced radiative cooling of an air mass (it doesn’t), ……

“HA”, thus the claim that increases in atmospheric CO2 is subject to a logarithmic heating effect is little more than FUBAR “science fiction”.

Reply to  RH
April 9, 2018 1:10 pm

It’s not so obvious that ‘it’s the sun’. It might be the fallacy of the single cause/causal reductionism.
The system is very complex, many causes can act together to ‘change the climate’.
Worse, the perceived change of climate due of CO2 can be in fact a spontaneous climate variation: http://eaps4.mit.edu/research/Lorenz/Chaos_spontaneous_greenhouse_1991.pdf

Reply to  Adrian Roman
April 9, 2018 2:53 pm

That should always be stated as it’s the Sun/oceans, imo.

Jack Dale
Reply to  RH
April 9, 2018 6:34 pm

A 40% increase in atmospheric in CO2 in 2.5 centuries to levels not observed in 3-5 million years does nothing, but a 0.2% on TSI does. OK.

Chimp
Reply to  Jack Dale
April 9, 2018 6:40 pm

A 40% increase in CO2 is about a one percent increase in greenhouse gases.
The energy imparted to Earth is orders of magnitude greater for a tiny increase in TSI. And the most important part of TSI is the UV component, which changes by around one percent, not just 0.2%,

Jack Dale
Reply to  Chimp
April 9, 2018 7:05 pm

Temperatures are increasing, SSN is declining, TSI is declining, CO2 is increasing.

Chimp
Reply to  Jack Dale
April 9, 2018 7:33 pm

Jack,
And temperatures are declining, except for the temporary effect of the big recent El Nino.
CO2 took off after WWII. The response of Earth’s climate system to this departure was to cool for 32 years. Dramatically.
Then for about 20 years, after the PDO shift in 1977, continued increase in CO2 accidentally correlated with slightly rising temperature, if the “data sets” are to be believed. Which they aren’t. But machts nichts.
Since the late ’90s, global T has stayed about the same, with the two big Los Ninos of 1998 and 2015 adjusted for. This again despite even more rapid CO2 gain.
So, there is no correlation whatsoever between rising CO2 and GASTA, even as faked by the book cooking gatekeepers.

Reply to  Jack Dale
April 9, 2018 10:53 pm

Chimp April 9, 2018 at 7:33 pm

Jack,
And temperatures are declining, except for the temporary effect of the big recent El Nino.

Sorry, Chimp. You get your own theories but not your own facts. Here are HadCRUT and UAH MSU Lower Troposphere temperatures with the El Nino signature removed.comment image
Temperatures are NOT declining, even allowing for El Nino, whichever dataset you choose.
A few notes.
• These two datasets have had the El Nino signature removed using the NINO34 dataset. I used it in preference to the Multivariate ENSO Index (MEI) because the NINO34 has a better correlation (lagged) with both datasets.
• Based on a cross-correlation analysis, the NINO34 dataset was lagged 3 months with respect to the HadCRUT dataset and 5 months w.r.t. the UAH MSU dataset.
* Someone asked above, how do I have a centered average that goes out to both ends? The answer is detailed in my post Dr. Michael Mann, Smooth Operator.
Regards to everyone, players and lurkers alike,
w.

Wolf
Reply to  Jack Dale
April 10, 2018 12:17 am

TSI? Nope.
Try a 3% increase in UV since the end of the Little Ice Age.
There’s a reason the TSIS-1 instrument to study solar spectral variance was rushed to the ISS.

Reply to  Jack Dale
April 10, 2018 12:28 am

Wolf April 10, 2018 at 12:17 am

TSI? Nope.

I have no clue what this refers to or means.

Try a 3% increase in UV since the end of the Little Ice Age.

And you know this how? Citation, please.

There’s a reason the TSIS-1 instrument to study solar spectral variance was rushed to the ISS.

What is this, the Socratic method in reverse? What is the reason you think the TSIS-1 was “rushed”, and what makes you think it was “rushed”? I find no indication of “rushing” …
Best to you,
w.

Samuel C Cogar
Reply to  Jack Dale
April 11, 2018 4:55 am

Jack Dale – April 9, 2018 at 7:05 pm

Temperatures are increasing, SSN is declining, TSI is declining, CO2 is increasing.

Jack, I am absolutely, positively sure that you got two (2) of your above claims correct.
So “YES”, the ocean water’s surface temperature has been steadily INCREASING ever since the Little Ice Age per se “ended” in the 1800’s.
And “Yes”, atmospheric CO2 has been steadily INCREASING ever since the surface temperature of the ocean waters began steadily INCREASING after the Little Ice Age per se “ended” in the 1800’s.
The Keeling Curve Graph explicitly defines the results of the past 59 years of the afore stated “natural process”.
If and/or when the ocean water’s surface temperature begins cooling down again, the “upward” curve of the Keeling Curve Graph will change to a “downward” curve.

Jack Dale
Reply to  Jack Dale
April 11, 2018 12:55 pm

Samuel C Cogar – Using carbon isotope analysis the 40% increase in atmospheric CO2 over the past 2.5 centuries can be directly attributed to the burning of fossil fuels.

Samuel C Cogar
Reply to  Jack Dale
April 12, 2018 6:32 am

Jack Dale – April 11, 2018 at 12:55 pm

Samuel C Cogar – Using carbon isotope analysis the 40% increase in atmospheric CO2 over the past 2.5 centuries can be directly attributed to the burning of fossil fuels.

Jack D, you have gotten yourself in a “hole” with all of your mimicry of “silly science” statements, …… so quit digging, ….. I mean “mimicking” of things you are uneducated or miseducated about.
And Jack D, you can start your “re-education” by reading this knowledgeable commentary, to wit:
The Trouble With C12 C13 Ratios
http://chiefio.wordpress.com/2009/02/25/the-trouble-with-c12-c13-ratios/
And ps, Jack, the burning of fossil fuels was really not a problem during the 100 years after 1768.
And ps, ps, George W sure could have used some “fossil fuels” during his stay at Valley Forge.

Jack Dale
Reply to  Samuel C Cogar
April 12, 2018 3:19 pm

Samuel C Cogar
Its is the ratio of C13 abd C14 that provides the human activities signature.
“The Suess Effect is a term which has come to signify the decrease in 14C in atmospheric CO2 owing to admixture of CO2 produced by the combustion of fossil fuels. This term is here extended, as a concept, to the shifts in isotopic ratio of both 13C and 14C in any reservoir of the carbon cycle owing to anthropogenic activities. ” https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0160412079900059
James Powell has a nice succinct post:
http://www.jamespowell.org/Stuff/Ourfault/Ourfault.html

Samuel C Cogar
Reply to  Jack Dale
April 13, 2018 6:07 am

Jack Dale – April 12, 2018 at 3:19 pm

Samuel C Cogar
Its is the ratio of C13 abd C14 that provides the human activities signature.
“The Suess Effect is a term which has come to signify the decrease in 14C in atmospheric CO2 owing to admixture of CO2 produced by the combustion of fossil fuels. This term is here extended, as a concept, to the shifts in isotopic ratio of both 13C and 14C in any reservoir of the carbon cycle owing to anthropogenic activities. ”

Jack Dale, iffen I were to make a guess it would be that you are an ultra loyal believer of the “tripe n’ piffle” pseudo-science claims for the cause of the “declining δ13C ppm in earth’s atmosphere” being touted by Ferdinand Engelbeen.
Jack D, your belief that human activities are the cause of said “declining δ13C ppm” is as silly and asinine as is the “warminist” belief that microbial decomposition of dead biomass in the Northern Hemisphere is directly responsible for the bi-yearly “wintertime” increase in atmospheric CO2 ppm. HA, one should not be touting “biological impossibilities” as being actual, factual science of the natural world.
Jack D, you should educate yourself on the different natural “sinks” for δ13C and a good place to start your education is to “read-with-comprehension” what I posted for Ferdinand’s re-education several months ago, to wit:

[Ferdinand Engelbeen says:] “ But the atmosphere (and the ocean surface layer and all plants on earth) show a declining δ13C level in ratio to the burning of fossil fuels… Which thus isn’t from the oceans and not from baking goods or C3 or C4 plants growing and decaying or eaten……………. If not from humans, then where is it coming from?

[Sam C replied] Now Ferdinand, I was justa thinking …. that prior to the advent of the Industrial Revolution the Northern Hemisphere non-polar land masses were highly vegetated with massive forests of woody trees in the Temperate Zones and a mix of vegetation in the Tropic and Sub-Tropic Zones.
But that all began to change in the early 1800’s when those great forests began being “clear-cut” of their virgin timber and the sawed lumber was used to build homes and businesses locally but the majority was shipped by water and rail to build the great cities and factories for the increasing population of laborers and workers. And the land from which that timber was cut was then cleared of all tree stumps, rocks and brush and was used to raise cattle, sheep, chickens, goats, geese and horses, …… and also used to grow food to feed those animals, to feed one’s family and to feed the increasing populations in the great cities.
And that process continued well into the early 1900’s as urbanization of the cities increased and then in the mid-1900’s suburbanation of the farm land began. Said suburbanation became possible because starting in the early 1940’s the “family farms” began disappearing like snowflakes on a hot pavement and the woody trees and other greenery started growing again with gusto and the landscape has now become much “greener” with woody trees, etc., than it was pre-1940.
And the reason I am telling you this, Ferdinand, is because of what I found when searching for info concerning your “δ13C” statement, and what I found was, to wit:

Differences in altitude are also known to affect terrestrial plant carbon isotopic signatures (δ13C) in mountain regions, since plant δ13C values at high altitudes are typically enriched (Körner et al. 1988; 1991) compared to the carbon signatures of plants from low altitudes.
Soil organic matter also show enrichment in 13C with soil depth, which is suggested to be a consequence of humification and the loss of the lighter isotope (12C) via respiration, thus concentrating 13C in the soil organic matter (Kramer et al. 2003).
This might be transitional to temperature and differences in decomposition. Moreover, the isotopic carbon signatures of autochthonous and allochthonous food-sources in aquatic ecosystems are generally separated, which is also reflected in the consumer community. Stable isotope analysis is therefore a useful method for determining the autotrophic or heterotrophic character of lake food webs (Karlsson et al. 2003; 2007).

Source: http://www.diva-portal.org/smash/get/diva2:303212/FULLTEXT01.pdf

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Ferdinand, the re-growth of the forests are sequestering the C13 in the soils and their respiration is emitting the C12 back into the atmosphere ….. and that is potentially where your declining atmospheric δ13C level is the result of. But what do I know, I’m not a degreed expert like the European elite.

Jack D, …… your “missing” δ13C can surely be found “hiding” in the soil.

Jack Dale
Reply to  Samuel C Cogar
April 13, 2018 10:37 am
Samuel C Cogar
Reply to  Jack Dale
April 14, 2018 5:05 am

Jack, you completely ignored the contents of my above post, …… why so?
And Jack D, your posted graphic DOES NOT SUPPORT your silly mimicked claim about the “cause of” the per se “declining δ13C level” in/of earth’s atmosphere. Nor does it support your other silly mimicked claim that the increasing ratio between atmospheric δ12C and δ13C ppm quantities is proof positive of a “human activities signature”.
As a matter of fact, Jack D, …… at “face value”, …… your posted graphic makes no logical sense whatsoever.
“DUH”, first thing is, the plotted “GHG net emissions” do not correlate with any of the other plotted data.
And 2ndly, for instance, year 2006 shows the “area of forest activities” to be 1,000,000 hectares …… but the “area disturbed by insects” to be 12,000,000 hectares.
I don ‘t know what that graph was created for but it sure as ell doesn’t support your commentary.

JRF in Pensacola
April 9, 2018 8:55 am

Fits with Willis’s work that sunspot NUMBER does not correlate with warming/cooling?

ChrisB
Reply to  JRF in Pensacola
April 9, 2018 9:15 am

Even we assume that the system is linear, I’ve never seen a correlation analysis or at least a coherence analysis by WE. Instead, we are shown periodicity of SS and some other metric and alluded that absence of coinciding periodicity are sufficient to explain discordance between SS and the metric.
In the absence of ruling out that system is non-linear, such analysis is not really definitive. His latest essay had actually shown that Svensmark’s theory might have some legs as the SS and a metric of cloudiness seem to be related inversely. Perhaps, an unbiased re-analysis of these data is needed to rule in/out this interesting theory. Unfortunately, I dont have the necessary tools to perform such analysis. We shall wait until someone comes along.
As for DA’s report, I find the log plot extremely convincing, but I cannot say the same for the Bulgarian results. The TSI, SS and temp data are too speculative pre-1900s to be extremely useful.

Chimp
Reply to  ChrisB
April 9, 2018 9:44 am

Their paper shows how the reconstruction was derived.
In case you don’t trust Bulgarian scientists, one of the authors is Russian, Dr. Yuri A. Nagovitsyn, Deputy Director of the Pulkovo Observatory, St. Petersburg. He’s on record predicting 200 to 250 years of cooling, starting in 2030-40, but less severe than the Maunder Minimum:
http://www.climatedepot.com/2013/04/28/russias-pulkovo-observatory-we-could-be-in-for-a-cooling-period-that-lasts-200-250-years/

Javier
Reply to  JRF in Pensacola
April 9, 2018 10:31 am

He’s on record predicting 200 to 250 years of cooling, starting in 2030-40

Russian predictions are always awful. Must come from their sad history. They need to cheer up.

Chimp
Reply to  Javier
April 9, 2018 11:17 am

Well, you’re right as to their former predictions of the demise of capitalism due to its internal contradictions, but they’re not really to blame for that. That came originally from two Germans, not Russians. Happily for the world, the internal contradictions of communism brought it down instead.
And so far their prediction of a new American civil war and breakup of the Union hasn’t yet happened, but looks more likely with each passing year.
As for climatic predictions, I’ll grant that their record is mixed, at best. So far.

MarkW
Reply to  Javier
April 9, 2018 3:52 pm

These “internal contradictions” were mostly derived from the fact that capitalism didn’t behave the way the socialists thought it ought to.

Chimp
Reply to  Javier
April 9, 2018 3:58 pm

Mark,
Yes. Marx’ hypothesized internal contradictions didn’t in fact exist, or at least to the extent which he imagined.
Communism, OTOH, was rife with insuperable contradictions.

Samuel C Cogar
Reply to  JRF in Pensacola
April 11, 2018 8:26 am

sunspot NUMBER does not correlate with warming/cooling
Is that so?
According to Space Weather Live, to wit:

A big sunspot can have a temperature of 3700°C. This sounds like much but if we compare this with the temperature of the photosphere of the Sun which is about 5500°C,
Source: https://www.spaceweatherlive.com/en/help/what-are-sunspots

And according to Wikipedia, to wit:

Although they [sunspots] are at temperatures of roughly 3,000–4,500 K (2,700–4,200 °C), the contrast with the surrounding material at about 5,780 K (5,500 °C)
Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunspot

In both above references, they state the temperature of the Sun’s photosphere is “about 5500°C
And according to another Wikipedia link, to wit:

Average annual solar radiation arriving at the top of the Earth’s atmosphere is roughly 1361 W/m2. The Sun’s rays are attenuated as they pass through the atmosphere, leaving maximum normal surface irradiance at approximately 1000 W /m2 at sea level on a clear day.
Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_irradiance

So, given the above, ….. we have the Solar irradiance departing the Sun’s photosphere and being per se “driven” by a “about 5500°C” source ………. and arriving at the top of earth’s atmosphere (TOA) with an energy potential of “roughly 1361 W/m2” ………. and then arriving at the earth’s surface with an energy potential of “approximately 1000 W /m2” at sea level.
So “WOW”, with all of those “about” measurements, ….. “rough” measurements …… and “approximate” measurements of solar irradiance and/or its energy potential, how is it possible for anyone to claim anything of an actual, factual nature?
Does anyone actually know how much of a decrease in solar irradiance is required before the earth’s temperature starts to decrease?
Does anyone actually know if solar irradiance is less than or reduced during long periods of Sunspot inactivity?

Reply to  Samuel C Cogar
April 11, 2018 8:36 am

Does anyone actually know how much of a decrease in solar irradiance is required before the earth’s temperature starts to decrease?
Any decrease in irradiance will decrease earth’s temperature. A 0.1% [1.4 W/m2] decrease in solar output will decrease a 0.025% [0.07 degrees] decrease in temperature.
Does anyone actually know if solar irradiance is less than or reduced during long periods of Sunspot inactivity?
If there are no sunspots over a period, the irradiance decreases by about 1 W/m2 from average.

Samuel C Cogar
Reply to  Samuel C Cogar
April 12, 2018 5:59 am

lsvalgaard – April 11, 2018 at 8:36 am
Any decrease in irradiance will decrease earth’s temperature.
Shur nuff.
A 0.1% [1.4 W/m2] decrease in solar output will decrease a 0.025% [0.07 degrees] decrease in temperature.
That “works-on-paper”, ……. but there is no way you can “put-it-to-practice” ….. to test, verify and confirm your mathematically calculated results via use of the afore noted … “about”, ….. “rough” …… and/or “approximate” estimates of solar irradiance associated “quantities”.
If there are no sunspots over a period, the irradiance decreases by about 1 W/m2 from average.
Didn’t you actually mean to state ….. “the calculated estimate of average irradiance decreases by about 1 W/m2 from average”?
Anyway, is it not logical to assume that the longer the period is, say 30, 60 or 100 years, of no sunspot activity, then the calculated estimate of average irradiance will decrease a lot more than the afore stated average of 1 W/m2?
How many W/m2 and how long a period did the solar irradiance have to decrease to cause the brutal cold of the LIA?

Reply to  Samuel C Cogar
April 12, 2018 7:22 am

Anyway, is it not logical to assume that the longer the period is, say 30, 60 or 100 years, of no sunspot activity, then the calculated estimate of average irradiance will decrease a lot more than the afore stated average of 1 W/m2?
No, that is not logical. Imagine the period is even longer, 200, 1000, 100000, 10000000 years with no sunspots. Your logic would suggest that solar irradiance eventually would disappear all together …

Samuel C Cogar
Reply to  Samuel C Cogar
April 13, 2018 4:23 am

No, that is not logical. Your logic would suggest that solar irradiance eventually would disappear all together …

OH GOOD GRIEF, …….. and you present yourself hereon as a learned Professional “expert” on matters of solar science.
I have a great “recall” memory, lsvalgaard, so you beware of future postings of your extrapolated guesses, insinuations and/or factual claims without SPECIFICALLY denoting an inclusive “time frame” for the occurrence of each and every one of them. Otherwise, I am liable to JYA in a “heartbeat”.
———-
WHAT A HOOT, …… mathematically “juggling” ….. “about” correct numerics ….. with “rough” estimated numerics ……. and algebraically conjoined “approximate” guesstimated nemerics …… and then asserting and/or claiming the result of the aforesaid mathematical “manipulations” are actual, factual, believable science.

April 9, 2018 8:56 am

Figure 4: TSI since the beginning of the 17th century
Since the end of the Maunder minimum (Solar Cycle -4, 1698-1712), TSI has increased by about 3 W/m2, and since the deepest part of the Maunder minimum (not shown), the increase is about 7 W/m2.

The Figure shows that we have no idea what TSI was before ~1750. And their reconstruction is almost certainly very wrong. ‘not shown’ is a give away.

Reply to  lsvalgaard
April 9, 2018 9:17 am

Oh, I thought it was “Bulgarians”.

Reply to  lsvalgaard
April 9, 2018 9:31 am

didn’t I tell you guys never to go back for more than 100 years with SSN?
How big is a spot, exactly?

Reply to  henryp
April 9, 2018 9:37 am

didn’t I tell you guys never to go back for more than 100 years with SSN?
The SSN back to about 1750 is a good measurement of solar activity. Your inability to accept that says more about you than about the SSN.

Reply to  henryp
April 9, 2018 11:20 am

lsvalgaard
you avoided the question
how big is a spot
1) now
2) 100 years ago

Reply to  henryp
April 9, 2018 11:24 am

meaningless question as spots come in all sizes from barely visible up to this:
http://www.leif.org/research/Biggest-Group-Ever.png

Reply to  henryp
April 9, 2018 12:01 pm

leif
your reply still begs the question
1) how big is a spot?
2) at what magnification must one look?
3) are you allowed to look at it with your glasses on ?
come off it.
Spots leave you clueless…..

Reply to  henryp
April 9, 2018 12:11 pm

Sunspots are always and best observed with small telescopes [magnification between 20 and 80 times].
The telescope is your glasses. Here are some very early drawings of sunspots. Not really different from
modern drawings. It seems that you are the clueless one [but that is no news].
http://www.leif.org/research/Very-Early-Sunspot-Drawings.png

Reply to  lsvalgaard
April 9, 2018 12:28 pm

Thx. Now I understand….

Reply to  Henryp
April 9, 2018 12:48 pm


that there is not even a decent specification on the size of a spot and the magnification
i.e.
20 to 80 x
…..

Reply to  Henryp
April 9, 2018 12:58 pm

The magnification is for specific telescopes. With different telescopes you see fewer or more spots, but that can be corrected for by comparing records and normalizing then all to the same telescope [Wolf’s with magnification 64 times], so is not a problem.
The size of a spots can be measured by the size of the black areas on the drawings. This has been done for centuries. And again can be normalized to the standard telescope which is seen here [on the left]:
hhrp://www.leif.org/research/Wolfs-Telescopes.png

Reply to  Henryp
April 9, 2018 12:58 pm

hhtp://www.leif.org/research/Wolfs-Telescopes.png

Reply to  lsvalgaard
April 9, 2018 1:29 pm

leif
either way, clearly, despite your goodwill towards me, you have not specified a size for the spot
even if it is at 64 x
but, please, let us carry on discussing the subject:
What happens exactly when a number of spots overlap: how many spots do you count per area?

Reply to  henryp
April 9, 2018 1:40 pm

One sunspot group [adding up the area of all the spots of the group] occupies on average 169 millionth of the area of the solar disk. So, the sizes are well-determined. And spots do not overlap.
All of this has been researched for centuries and is well understood. You might try to understand it too, by paying attention.

Reply to  henryp
April 9, 2018 5:53 pm

🙂

Chimp
Reply to  henryp
April 9, 2018 5:57 pm

lsvalgaard April 9, 2018 at 1:15 pm
Arrrr!
Talk like a pirate.
Or at least a 17th century astronomer.

Reply to  Chimp
April 9, 2018 6:10 pm

Or at least a 17th century astronomer.
They ought to know…

April 9, 2018 9:11 am

A better figure about the CO2 warming effects according to the concentration. The business as usual scenario shows CO2 concentration of about 580 ppm in 2100.
Dr. Antero Ollilacomment image

Duncan Smith
Reply to  aveollila
April 9, 2018 9:36 am

Something very off about that graph, CH4, N2O and CO2 start at 0degC and zero ppm. Why does H2O start at -3.5C at 1.572CM? If drawn at 0C and zero CM, the water vapor line would be WAY above the CO2. Why not start both scales at zero? Almost looks like it is hiding this fact?

Reply to  Duncan Smith
April 9, 2018 11:11 pm

The contribution of water in the GH phenomenon is about 80 %. It does not make sense to start the water warming effect from zero, because then the CO2 effect would be almost undetectable. On the other hand the total water amount in the atmosphere varies in very narrow band arounf the average value of 26 prcm.
This figure shows one essential feature about the GH gases. The warming effect water is very linear around its average concentration.

rishrac
Reply to  aveollila
April 9, 2018 1:38 pm

So, so far 280/33 = 8.48 molecules to raise the temp 1 C or K. Black body radiation say without an atmosphere the temp would be 255 K, 0 F or -18 C. That’s the additional 33 K that GHG’s raise the temp that bring the temp up to the perfect temp of 59 F or 288 K. No matter how you slice it, the temp should now be at a toasty 84 F. Or up from the 33 K to 47 K. To be sure no one is thinking that it wouldn’t take some time for the temp to rise, however… back in 1958 the co2 level was given by NOAA at 314.67. Does that look like a 34 ppm/v increase since the level was 280 before man started stuffing co2 into the atmosphere? If that is correct, then it should have been 4 C warmer years ago. And if anybody is wondering how the IPCC in their estimate got to 3.5 C warmer by 2100, divide what the current temp should be of 14 C warmer, not some day, right now, by 4… whoa 3.5. What are they saying exactly? I thought as more co2 was added, the feedback loop intensified???
So I thought well what IF there was more co2 or less…. at 240 ppm to get a 33 K rise … just so everybody knows 1 K =1 C, that would be 7.27 ppm/v would equal a 1 K increase, but what if it were more like 300 that comes out to 9 ppm/v to raise the temp 1 K. If we went from 240 to 400 it’s 160/7.27 = 22 K plus the 33 K put us at 55 K or a total of 310 K. Then if it was 300 then it’s 100/9 = 11 K plus the 33 is 44 K or 299 K.
World wide average temps should be at least 79 F. I’ll ask, is that what we are seeing?
I certainly don’t think I’d be ” denying” AGW if that were the case. Have I ever said, ” your math is wrong”.

Javier
April 9, 2018 9:11 am

A Bulgarian unpublished non-peer-reviewed article? Surely you can do better than that. What about:
Lean, J. L. (2018). Estimating Solar Irradiance Since 850 CE. Earth and Space Science.
https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1002/2017EA000357

Chimp
Reply to  Javier
April 9, 2018 9:29 am

Thanks!
Fig. 4 shows how much more UV flux changes than do TSI, visible and IR variations.

Reply to  Chimp
April 9, 2018 9:33 am

true
the amount of UV coming through determines how much energy goes into the oceans.
….
now, what determines the amount of UV coming through the atmosphere?

Chimp
Reply to  Chimp
April 9, 2018 9:46 am

Henry,
The energies of the UV photons determines which will survive the trip through the air. The highest energies are absorbed in making and breaking ozone molecules. As you know, ozone concentration has important climatic effects.

jorgekafkazar
Reply to  Chimp
April 9, 2018 11:22 am

The thickness of the atmosphere varies along with UV energy.

Chimp
Reply to  Chimp
April 9, 2018 11:27 am

Jorge,
True. The height to which the atmosphere reaches also varies with TSI, but is affected much more by its UV portion.
Dr. Svalgaard once saved NASA loads of dough by correctly predicting how much the atmosphere would expand in a coming solar cycle. He estimated not enough to threaten the orbits of low satellites.
Since solar variation affects the density of the air, it must needs also affect pressure and winds, hence temperature and precipitation, ie the elements of weather and climate.

Reply to  Chimp
April 9, 2018 11:30 am

chimp
you are on the right track.
But it is not only the ozone
[that seems to track the sun’s polar magnetic field strengths]
free OH radicals form H2O2 which can further form HxOx
Now check the spectrum of ozone and H2O2?
On top of that we have the nitrogen also reacting [with the most energetic particles escaping from the sun due to the lower field strengths] forming NxOx
I suspect the NxOx also deflects a lot of incoming UV?

Chimp
Reply to  Chimp
April 9, 2018 11:37 am

Henry,
UV-induced N2O produced at the surface also affects stratospheric ozone concentrations:
Solar UV irradiation-induced production of N2O from plant surfaces – low emissions
rates but all over the world
http://orbit.dtu.dk/files/127327677/Abstract_submision_3_aug.pdf

Reply to  Chimp
April 10, 2018 3:05 am

Henry for a long time I’ve had at the back of my mind the thought that, during a solar minimum, the differential between the UV that’s blocked by and heats the upper atmosphere by interacting with nitrogen and oxygen and the UV that gets through shifts so relatively and perhaps even in absolute terms, more UV gets through into the lower atmosphere and of course the oceans.
What I haven’t been able to find is a graph of UV over time showing this detail.
My thinking is that perhaps, during a solar minimum, more energy, not less, becomes available to drive tropical thunder storms and cyclones. Others have demonstrated that these weather systems are very efficient at transferring heat from the oceans to the upper atmosphere running on the Rankin cycle. This, I suspect, would undo all the ‘CO2 drives the climate’ malarkey.
I also suspect that this effect, if it exists, may well kick in below a certain threshold rather than only at the very bottom of a cycle in which case a low cycle, like the one we’re having now, would have a bigger effect than might otherwise be expected.

Reply to  Chimp
April 14, 2018 10:21 am

Michael
I seemed to have missed your comment.
My understanding is also that UV heats the oceans on the top causing almost immediate evaporation whilst the IR is going deeper. I am not certain if that fits in with your theory.

Richard M
Reply to  Javier
April 9, 2018 9:39 am

Figure 1 shows a significant increase in the minimum TSI values for each cycle. People have tended to look at the maximum but from this data it would appear looking at an average could be more appropriate.

J
April 9, 2018 9:19 am

Love that Saskatchewan April 8, 2018 picture.
While not nearly so bad, near Chicago April 9, we just had an inch of snow this morning. Past week or so, every night’s weather in the 20s.
I eagerly await some warming.

Reply to  J
April 9, 2018 9:36 am

eisssh
sorry to alarm you guys
we have the GB cycle at 86.5 years now.
we have already arrived at 1932
the big dust bowl drought is coming
[less moisture and clouds at the higher latitudes, more cold]
Be aware.

Paul
Reply to  henryp
April 9, 2018 10:50 am

“…GB cycle at 86.5 years now” GB means?? Thnx.

John harmsworth
Reply to  henryp
April 9, 2018 11:03 am

The past year in Southern Saskatchewan was the driest in over 100 years. We have a little late snow here to help the situation out but we will need a lot of spring rain. I believe the Dakotas to the South of us are quite dry as well.
There will be no repeat of the dust bowl due to better farming practices such as zero tillage but poor and failed crops are certainly a possibility. Cold and dry is a bad, bad thing for a planet that needs to eat.

Reply to  henryp
April 9, 2018 11:06 am

GB= Gleissberg
most investigations mistakenly take it at 88 years
e.g
http://iie.fing.edu.uy/simsee/biblioteca/CICLO_SOLAR_PeristykhDamon03-Gleissbergin14C.pdf
– indeed, long term it might be 88 years, on average –
acc. to my calculations the latest GB was 86.5 years.

Paul
Reply to  henryp
April 9, 2018 11:48 am

Thanks Henry

Reply to  henryp
April 9, 2018 12:08 pm

John H
I am so sorry for you.
If you want to see rain you have to move south.
My results show it is already globally cooling.
As the temperature differential between the poles and equator grows larger due to the cooling from the top, very likely something will also change on earth. Predictably, there would be a small (?) shift of cloud formation and precipitation, more towards the equator, on average. At the equator insolation is 684 W/m2 whereas on average it is 342 W/m2. So, if there are more clouds in and around the equator, this will amplify the cooling effect due to less direct natural insolation of earth (clouds deflect a lot of radiation). Furthermore, in a cooling world there is more likely less moisture in the air, but even assuming equal amounts of water vapour available in the air, a lesser amount of clouds and precipitation will be available for spreading to higher latitudes. So, a natural consequence of global cooling is that at the higher latitudes it will become cooler and/or drier.

NW sage
Reply to  J
April 9, 2018 6:33 pm

Lets see — there must be a farm under there somewhere! (ref Fig 5)

Editor
April 9, 2018 9:22 am

I note that Figure 4 says that since sunspot cycle 21 the TSI has been decreasing … and during that same time the temperature has been rising … funny how they don’t mention that …comment image
Three incorrect objections have been raised in the past to this graph:
1) Some have said that HadCRUT is not reliable.
Here is HadCRUT compared to the satellite temperatures. I don’t care which one you use, the TSI is still decreasing and the temperature is increasing.comment image
2) Some have said that there is some kind of lag in the solar action.
I defy anyone to move the sunspot data to the right (lag the sunspot data) and make the post-1980 temperature and sunspots line up.
3) Some have said that we should use the integral of the sunspots.
The problem is that such an integral can have any desired slope, merely by changing the zero-point of the integral. Here are three integrals of the same sunspot data, with the only change being different zero points.comment image
In other words … no, it wasn’t the sun all along …
w.

Chimp
Reply to  Willis Eschenbach
April 9, 2018 9:32 am

Why do you use the integral of sunspot number, when actual irradiance is what matters most?
And why would you start anywhere but at the earliest possible point, however far back total solar irradiance and its spectral components have been reconstructed?

Reply to  Chimp
April 9, 2018 11:02 am

Chimp April 9, 2018 at 9:32 am

Why do you use the integral of sunspot number, when actual irradiance is what matters most?

Because a) irradiance is highly correlated with sunspot number, and b) our irradiance data only goes back a few decades while we have good sunspot data back to about 1750.comment image
But you knew all of that …
w.

Chimp
Reply to  Chimp
April 9, 2018 11:12 am

Willis,
Please see the paper cited by David in his post and the paper cited by Javier in comments for good estimates of TSI going much farther back than 1750.
Better yet, look at the UV portion of reconstructed TSI.
And please, as requested, show the time integral of sunspot number or area, if you don’t want to do it for reconstructed TSI, but start as early as possible. You’ll find that, with a proper lag, the correlation is significant, to say the least.

Reply to  henryp
April 9, 2018 11:08 am

henryp April 9, 2018 at 9:49 am

yes it was

Yes WHAT was? And what WAS it?
w.
PS—Running a quadratic curve through a mere 4 data points, as you did in your comment, marks you as a statistical … well, let me say a “statistical wild-eyed optimist” and leave it at that. You have three tuned parameters and four data points … LOL.

Reply to  henryp
April 9, 2018 11:39 am

Willis
I feel sorry for you that nobody ever told you that you need only 4 points to define a function
it is the Rsquare that determines how much reliance you can give to that function.
If it is 1.0000 (100% correlation)
you can only be left speechless
NLOL

Reply to  henryp
April 9, 2018 12:49 pm

henryp April 9, 2018 at 11:39 am Edit

Willis
I feel sorry for you that nobody ever told you that you need only 4 points to define a function
it is the Rsquare that determines how much reliance you can give to that function.
If it is 1.0000 (100% correlation) you can only be left speechless
NLOL

Could someone please disabuse Henry of this mathematical absurdity, including his hilarious claim about the R^2 of 1.00 which left him “speechless”? He obviously won’t listen to me …
w.

Joseph Murphy
Reply to  henryp
April 9, 2018 6:39 pm

Willis “He obviously won’t listen to me”
No reason to worry about who won’t listen. Plenty here are listening. Thank you for taking the time post Willis and Dr. Svalgaard.

Richard M
Reply to  Willis Eschenbach
April 9, 2018 9:52 am

Willis, your conclusion ignores the way the oceans store energy. They act as a huge buffer storing solar energy. They release the energy unevenly driven by their own internal cycles. Hence, you will never see the heating by looking at individual solar cycles.
You would need to measure the total heat going into the oceans over long time periods and the total being released to see any pattern. You would also need to correct for the ocean cycles. I think this is possible but would be a major effort.

Reply to  Richard M
April 9, 2018 11:48 pm

Richard M April 9, 2018 at 9:52 am

Willis, your conclusion ignores the way the oceans store energy. They act as a huge buffer storing solar energy. They release the energy unevenly driven by their own internal cycles. Hence, you will never see the heating by looking at individual solar cycles.

Sorry, but that’s not true.
First, we see diurnal ocean temperature variations due to varying day/night heating, they are clearly visible. We see annual ocean temperature variations due to varying seasonal heating, they are clearly visible. Why would 11-year cycles magically disappear without the slightest trace remaining? Remember, the tools I am using can detect cycles unseen by the human eye, but they find no sign of the purported 11-year cycles.
Second, I’ve shown that the stratosphere shows 11-year cycles, but those cycles do not propagate downwards to the lower troposphere … and the lower troposphere is hardly storing any energy. So your explanation won’t work for that.
w.

AGW is not Science
Reply to  Willis Eschenbach
April 9, 2018 10:13 am

It certainly isn’t CO2! The Geocarb reconstructions show the Earth’s temperature varying between two extremes oblivious to the CO2 level, which should tell you everything you need to know about whether CO2 drives temperature (it doesn’t). Scientists may not have worked out all the details yet, but it stands to reason that the Sun, the source of (for all practical matters) all energy entering the Earth’s climate system, has more to do with any “climate change” than so-called “greenhouse gases” do.
And one mistake continuously repeated is the “if this (SOLE) indicator doesn’t explain (fill in the blank), then it has (essentially no effect, and it, therefore, must be [whatever pet theory]) line of thinking. The folks looking at *multiple* forces (to include the various types of solar variance, not the TSI meme) are the ones who are going to advance the state of climate science.

Reply to  AGW is not Science
April 9, 2018 10:25 am

AGW is not Science April 9, 2018 at 10:13 am

It certainly isn’t CO2!

Thanks, AGW. I see you and others thinking that this is a binary question, that either it is the sun OR it is CO2. I hold that temperatures are thermostatically regulated, and that neither small variations in the sun nor small variations in CO2 nor volcanoes nor any kind of forcing variations rule the temperature.
w.

Chimp
Reply to  AGW is not Science
April 9, 2018 11:00 am

Willis,
Except that Earth’s climate switches rapidly from cool to warm and back again, on the scale of tens of millennia. Within each regime, our water world is homeostatic, but subject to fluctuations caused by albedo, solar activity and oceanic circulation. Thus the main driver of major climate change is the sun and Earth’s orbital and rotational mechanics, which influence incident irradiation, ie insolation. Since the four large planets, chiefly Jupiter, affect solar flux, the gravitational situation ultimately drives terrestrial climate, and that of other objects in the system.
On shorter time scales, the sun and oceanic circulation rule.

AZ1971
Reply to  AGW is not Science
April 9, 2018 11:10 am

I hold that temperatures are thermostatically regulated

…. by what specifically then, if not for TSI/SSN or CO2?

AJB
Reply to  AGW is not Science
April 9, 2018 4:56 pm

…. by what specifically then
The physical properties of water in all states. 72% of the planet surface is covered in the stuff miles deep. Clouds are abundant. Ice covers the poles. And it all shifts about on indeterminate timescales from seconds to centuries as the planet and everything on it continues to evolve. Just the variance of diurnal and seasonal variation over a decade or two ought to be enough to persuade you to put your ruler away and contemplate a French curve or two over a good bottle of wine instead.
What do you suppose some arithmetic average of sparse, spatially and temporally inconsistent spot measurements of temperature is telling you anyway? Let alone some idiot linear trend of such an average over cherry picked start and end dates. That the cork just popped spontaneously? It says nothing about energy flows on, off or around the planet over a vast range of timescales that intertwine to produce the chaos we call weather.
Far better to look at one spot. Appreciate the scale of variance and 30-year stability on this for a while, one of the most benign places on the planet:
http://www.met.ie/weathermaps/monthly_climate/VALENTIA_OBSERVATORY_TEMP.png
Climate is defined by variance, not averages. In solar minima the variance increases and seasons shift about slightly, the hunting hallmark of thermostatic regulation. So we’re having a wet, latish Spring this year. Big deal.

Yogi Bear
Reply to  Willis Eschenbach
April 9, 2018 10:30 am

Negative feedbacks Willis. Weak solar wind drives a warm AMO.

Reply to  Willis Eschenbach
April 9, 2018 11:02 am

Willis, could it be the Multidecadal oscillations obscure the variations you are looking for> (Ref Akasofu)

RWturner
Reply to  Willis Eschenbach
April 9, 2018 11:36 am

You’re claiming that the current 30 year average of number of sunspots is the lowest it’s been since 1850? How can the 30 year average cover both the beginning and end of the data?
What do you mean by arbitrarily changing the zero point? I see sunspot activity slightly increasing from 1900-1938 but it shows a negative trend on all your integrals.

Reply to  RWturner
April 9, 2018 12:57 pm

RWturner April 9, 2018 at 11:36 am Edit

You’re claiming that the current 30 year average of number of sunspots is the lowest it’s been since 1850?

I said nothing of the sort.

How can the 30 year average cover both the beginning and end of the data?

It is an estimate with an increasing error. I could do the same with a 10-year average if you prefer, it makes no difference. Or you could use your Mark I eyeball and note that sunspot numbers have been DECREASING since about 1980 and temperatures have been INCREASING. Your choice.

What do you mean by arbitrarily changing the zero point?

An integral is basically a cumulative sum. To get it you need to set a zero point. If you set it at zero sunspots, the integral basically goes vertical, and doesn’t fit any temperature record known to man. So people use a different zero point to get it to line up with some temperature dataset or another.

I see sunspot activity slightly increasing from 1900-1938 but it shows a negative trend on all your integrals.

My point exactly. If I’d chosen some other zero point, the integral of sunspot activity 1900-1938 would be increasing.
w.

RWturner
Reply to  RWturner
April 9, 2018 1:33 pm

Sorry, according to your gaussian average, the last 30 years have had less sunspots than any other 30 year period and that is quite deceiving because it’s simply not true. Why not simply use a running average to more accurately depict the data? Then it wouldn’t be necessary to eyeball it and you wouldn’t come to misleading conclusions like the last 30 years have seen a below average count of sunspots.
You could pick any zero point you want but how about choosing the average number of sunspots over a 22 year period using the data over the observed period so that it is correct? If you did then the increased sunspot number during the modern maximum would clearly show up and the purported

sunspot numbers have been DECREASING since about 1980

would be put into proper perspective.

RH
Reply to  Willis Eschenbach
April 9, 2018 11:39 am

Let’s imagine that the sun stopped its cycle and just maintained one precise level. Are you, w, actually saying that it would make no difference where in the cycle it stopped? 1360 w/m2 or 1362 w/m2, it just wouldn’t matter? As someone who has heated things, I don’t buy it.

DonM
Reply to  RH
April 9, 2018 12:56 pm

RH,
With my admittedly limited experience, I tentatively would have said it would make a difference. Based on your stated opinion, and the description of your experience & specific skill set, I am now going to heartily agree that it would make a difference.

Reply to  RH
April 9, 2018 1:01 pm

RH April 9, 2018 at 11:39 am

Let’s imagine that the sun stopped its cycle and just maintained one precise level. Are you, w, actually saying that it would make no difference where in the cycle it stopped? 1360 w/m2 or 1362 w/m2, it just wouldn’t matter? As someone who has heated things, I don’t buy it.

Have you “heated” a climate system with emergent phenomena that act to oppose any change in temperature?
Didn’t think so. You cannot simply extrapolate from heating a frying pan to heating a climate system.
See here for more discussion of merely one of the many ways that emergent phenomena oppose temperature changes.
w.

Chimp
Reply to  RH
April 9, 2018 1:11 pm

“Emergent phenomena” are driven by the sun, to include the PDO, AMO and ENSO. As noted, daily tropical thunderstorms, driven by solar heating of seawater and the air above it, are a weather phenomenon.

DonM
Reply to  RH
April 9, 2018 5:07 pm

RH,
There would be a lag time, one that cannot be modeled (especially with time linear assumptions), and the system would eventually end up in a lower (or higher) energy state. Temperature would follow.
If we added enough heat to a thing, something like a frying pan with a 32nd inch of oil in the pan, there would be individual bubbles that would form. Based on my limited experience heating things, I would not be able to tell anyone where the next bubble would form, but I an pretty sure that less heat would mean less bubbles.
I would not be heating the pan with the bubbles, I am aware of that (even with my limited experience heating things).
But, if I didn’t understand how the bubbles spontaneously formed, I might call them an emergent phenomena (because of my limited experience heating things).

rh
Reply to  RH
April 9, 2018 6:53 pm

Does the theory of “emergent phenomena” have a theoretical limit? How many watts per square meter could the sun put out before it overwhelmed the affect? 1400? More? I would say the theory needs more work before it credibly allows one to dismiss the basic fact that more energy in equals more heat on the surface.

prjindigo
Reply to  Willis Eschenbach
April 9, 2018 12:41 pm

We just recently found out that the satellite records are unreliable too.
Sunspots aren’t a form of solar energy output, there an indication of magnetic effects on the sun.
So claiming that it’s NOT the sun because sunspots don’t cause the temperature on the earth to vary is moronic.

afonzarelli
Reply to  Willis Eschenbach
April 9, 2018 1:57 pm

comment image
~graph courtesy of javier

Reply to  afonzarelli
April 9, 2018 2:02 pm

From which it is clear that the temperature curves are diverging away from the [orange] sunspot curve and that therefore solar activity is not the main cause of the 20-21st century rise in temps.

afonzarelli
Reply to  afonzarelli
April 9, 2018 2:04 pm

High solar activity correlates with warming. Low solar activity correlates with cooling. Solar activity has been high, hence warming…

Reply to  afonzarelli
April 9, 2018 2:09 pm

Solar activity has been high, hence warming
Nonsense, look at the Figure. Solar activity the last 100 years has been the same as during the 18th century [any tiny difference well within the error bars], yet that century was much colder than the modern centuries, and as is also evident, solar activity has been decreasing the past 60 years, yet temperatures have soared.

afonzarelli
Reply to  afonzarelli
April 9, 2018 2:09 pm

(essentially the same as Willis’ #3. Perhaps he can elaborate on his point)…

afonzarelli
Reply to  afonzarelli
April 9, 2018 2:13 pm

(svalgaard, your comment is so nonsensical that it isn’t even worth reponding to)…

Reply to  afonzarelli
April 9, 2018 4:21 pm

a lame attempt to avoid facing the music…

afonzarelli
Reply to  afonzarelli
April 9, 2018 5:01 pm

(no, i just don’t care to answer to stupidity)…

Reply to  afonzarelli
April 9, 2018 5:11 pm

Javier may wrong, but he is not stupid.

Reply to  afonzarelli
April 10, 2018 9:05 pm

afonzarelli: ~graph courtesy of javier
That graph makes clear that something other than sunspot number (rather, the effects associated with their formation) is responsible for late 20th century warming. If there is a drop in sunspot number to the (smoothed) values near the Maunder, Dalton, and 1900s cold periods, and if the temperature also drops, then the “sunspot hyothesis” might live. Otherwise it is on what I call “life support” and only extraordinary means are keeping it alive.

John Dowser
Reply to  afonzarelli
April 11, 2018 10:35 pm

Javier’s graph would suggest, at least visually, that a steep decline of temperature might very well be related to successive cycles of low sunspot group numbers. But since there is no solid theory to define any threshold levels or any effects of successive cycles amplifying or forcing anything, all that is left is a visual clue which, I must say, still feels rather intuitive. But of course it needs way more than that to start meaning something more scientifically.

afonzarelli
Reply to  Willis Eschenbach
April 9, 2018 2:00 pm

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afonzarelli
Reply to  afonzarelli
April 9, 2018 2:01 pm

(WP is driving me nutso)

afonzarelli
Reply to  afonzarelli
April 9, 2018 4:12 pm

High solar activity correlates with warming. Low solar activity correlates with cooling. Solar activity has been high in recent decades, hence warming…
(reposting here with the duplicate graph now that the resident solar curmudgeon of wuwt is out of the way… ☺)

Latitude
Reply to  afonzarelli
April 9, 2018 6:10 pm

looks to me like our recent recorded temperature history is total BS…..

Reply to  afonzarelli
April 10, 2018 11:33 pm

afonzarelli:High solar activity correlates with warming. Low solar activity correlates with cooling
That may be so, but your graph, courtesy of Javier, displays sunspot number. If the high sunspot number “explains” the late 20th century increase in temperature, what explains the lower temperatures between the Maunder and Dalton cold periods, when the sunspot number was higher?

Reply to  Willis Eschenbach
April 10, 2018 6:07 am

If there only was a way to explain the recent delta between temperatures and (lacking) sun spot activity..
“The effect of clouds in a warming world is complicated. One challenge is that clouds cause both warming and cooling. Low-level clouds tend to cool by reflecting sunlight. High-level clouds tend to warm by trapping heat.”
https://skepticalscience.com/clouds-negative-feedback.htm
We are not having much effect on high-level cloudiness, do we?comment image
And of course that delta does not fit the pattern of increasing air travel, does it?comment image

Dixon
Reply to  Willis Eschenbach
April 11, 2018 6:34 am

Willis, I really respect your views on climate, but I don’t understand how you can discount the sun as I have noticed you seem to do in regards to this, and other posts. E.g. “…no it wasn’t the sun all along”. There is no clear mechanism by which solar activity links to measured temperatures so I agree that any claims that solar variation are the principle cause of temperature variation need great scrutiny, and in that regard Leif has worked tirelessly on this site (bravo sir, if you are reading).
But if we have learnt anything about climate over the last 40 years, it is that natural variability is considerable over several years and results in a large amount of ‘noise’ (I know it’s not!) in the temperature trends.
I also know that the sun’s impact on atmospheric temperatures swamps any other input. Any observation system you employ will tell you that day/night variation in temps are large, and decrease with increased greenhouse gas concentrations. Only seasonal variations can compete and they are still a solar influence, as are Milankovitch cycles.
It seems obvious that temperature must lag solar input. That lag shows up on a diurnal cycle and goes up through seasonal to who-knows-what longer timescales. Superimpose the cyclical and psuedo-random variations from El-Nino, AMO, volcanos, fires, storms etc. But for solar activity, we simply don’t have good long-term observational records. I assume no-one uses sunspots because they are a great measure, they are simply the best long term proxy comparable with current observations.
So my question is: given these complex interactions, why would anyone expect any significant correlation between solar activity data and atmospheric temperatures without near impossible signal deconvolution methods being applied first? A statement such as “no it wasn’t the sun all along” seems too certain.
I’m agnostic or lukewarm in my views of the drivers of climate, but it still seems plausible to me that (currently unknown) solar variation is as likely a driver of long term temperature variation as CO2 is. Warmer water will release CO2 so the observed correlation could well be spurious. The energy considerations alone make the sun the likeliest place to look for a source of temperature variation on Earth, followed by oceanographic shifts and then land use/ecosystem changes.
It’s a long way of asking you to clarify your position and not very relevant to the actual post, but I hope you will indulge me.

Reply to  Dixon
April 11, 2018 10:11 am

Thanks, Dixon. Let me see if I can clarify my position.
First, the underlying claim of mainstream climate science is that in the long run, everything else cancels out and a change in forcing times some constant (called the “climate sensitivity”) will inevitably result in a change in temperature.
I, on the other hand, hold that the temperature of the earth is thermostatically controlled, and as such, small changes in forcing will be counteracted by a variety of emergent climate phenomena—changes in the time of daily appearance and the strength of tropical thunderstorms, the number of dust devils, the time of daily appearance and the strength of tropical cumulus cloud fields, the number and size of the cycles of the El Nino/La Nina pump that moves warm water to the poles, and other such emergent thermoregulatory phenomena.
Now, the variations in the sun related to the sunspot cycle are quite tiny. The total solar irradiation changes by about 1 W/m2 from peak to trough of the sunspot cycle. This is a measly one-tenth of one percent, one part in a thousand. And despite looking a lot of places, places I chose myself, places recommended by others, I have never seen any sign of this sunspot-related variation causing any corresponding variation in any surface dataset …
Here’s the odd part. When I started looking for such a solar signature on a terrestrial surface dataset of some kind, I thought it would be no problem to find it. I’d read of Herschel’s claim of the effect of sunspots on wheat prices and I thought, this will be a piece of cake.
But as it turns out, Herschel was wrong, and finding such a signal has proven SO FAR to be most elusive. This doesn’t mean such a signal does not exist, of course. You can’t prove something doesn’t exist, it just might be in the next place I look. But to date, despite lots of looking, I haven’t found it.
Finally, you say:

So my question is: given these complex interactions, why would anyone expect any significant correlation between solar activity data and atmospheric temperatures without near impossible signal deconvolution methods being applied first? A statement such as “no it wasn’t the sun all along” seems too certain.

Hey, I’m not the one expecting significant correlation. That would be those claiming that the sunspot-related cycles have a visible effect here on earth. However, I would not diss the signal deconvolution methods that we have. Periodograms, CEEMD and cross-correlation analyses are surprisingly powerful at digging signals out of the noise.
And in any case, when I say “no, it wasn’t the sun all along”, in part I’m just riffing on the title of this post. I am well aware that all scientific statements are tentative and subject to revision as new data becomes available.
Best regards,
w.

Jack Dale
Reply to  Willis Eschenbach
April 11, 2018 10:23 am

Willis I would agree with your statement, “I, on the other hand, hold that the temperature of the earth is thermostatically controlled, ” But what happened here:
http://ossfoundation.us/projects/environment/global-warming/myths/images/natural-cycle/Forcing-Temp_1.9wm2.png

Reply to  Dixon
April 11, 2018 10:44 am

Jack Dale April 11, 2018 at 10:23 am Edit

Willis I would agree with your statement, “I, on the other hand, hold that the temperature of the earth is thermostatically controlled, ” But what happened here:

Any regulatory system can be overwhelmed if the conditions change.
In this case, the best current explanation is that the orbital oddities of the Earth periodically lead to cooler summers in the Northern Hemisphere. This keeps the land ice from melting, which leads to greater albedo, which leads to even cooler temperatures, and we spiral into a glacial.
However, during the Holocene, the thermoregulatory system has successfully kept the temperature within very narrow bounds, e.g., ± 0.1% during the Twentieth Century.
w.

Jack Dale
Reply to  Dixon
April 11, 2018 11:00 am

Willis – The connection between the loss of Arctic sea ice, the fluctuations in the jet stream and Arctic outbreaks was made three different reports 6 years ago.
Francis, J.A., and S.J. Vavrus (2012), “Evidence linking Arctic amplification to extreme weather in mid-latitudes,” Geophysical Research Letters, 21 February, 2012. doi:10.1029/2012GL051000, 2012
Jaiser, R., K. Dethloff, D. Handorf, A. Rinke, J. Cohen (2012), Impact of sea ice cover changes on the Northern Hemisphere atmospheric winter circulation, Tellus A 2012, 64, 11595, DOI: 10.3402/tellusa.v64i0.11595
Jiping Liu, Judith A. Curry, Huijun Wang, Mirong Song and Radley M. Horton (2012), “Impact of declining Arctic sea ice on winter snowfall”, Proc. Natl. Academy of Sciences, Published online before print February 27, 2012, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1114910109
The regulatory system that changed by the infusion of 1.5 trillion tonnes of CO2 into atmosphere. It may seem counter-intuitive; global warming led to a reduction of Arctic sea ice, fluctuations in the jet stream and Arctic outbreaks in the Northern Hemisphere. Global warming can lead to regional cooling.

Reply to  Dixon
April 11, 2018 12:51 pm

Jack Dale April 11, 2018 at 11:00 am

Willis – The connection between the loss of Arctic sea ice, the fluctuations in the jet stream and Arctic outbreaks was made three different reports 6 years ago.

Thanks for that, Jack, but I have no idea what your point is. Yes, Arctic sea ice is down … and at the same time, Antarctic sea ice is up. As far as I know, nobody has connected either of those to changes in CO2.
Nor has anyone shown that these changes are unusual—to the contrary, the Arctic Ocean has been nearly ice-free a couple of times during the Holocene.
Given that these changes have definitely happened in the past, where is the link to the change in CO2 concentration of one part in ten-thousand?
w.

Jack Dale
Reply to  Dixon
April 11, 2018 1:43 pm

Wiilis – The recent changes in CO2 levels are unusual. The current levels have not been observed for nearly 3 millions years. Using carbon isotope analysis the 40% increase in atmospheric CO2 can be directly attributed to the burning of fossil fuels.
Global warming -> polar amplification->loss of Arctic sea ice->fluctuations in the jet stream->Arctic outbreaks->colder regional temperatures and more snow.

Chimp
Reply to  Dixon
April 11, 2018 1:52 pm

Jack,
Arctic sea ice has been growing since 2012. From 1979 to 2014, Antarctic sea ice grew dramatically, while Arctic declined. No signal from CO2 there at all.
Nothing unusual is happening in either Arctic or Antarctic sea ice, or in climate generally. Hence, the null hypothesis can’t be rejected and no CO2 signal is detectable at any level of statistical significance.

Jack Dale
Reply to  Dixon
April 11, 2018 2:08 pm

Chimp
Arctic sea ice extent is currently over 2 SD below the mean and about 2 SD below 2012 for this date.
https://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/charctic-interactive-sea-ice-graph/
Prior to 2012 there was a 59 year decline in ice extent.comment image
Ice volume continues to decline
http://psc.apl.uw.edu/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/schweiger/ice_volume/BPIOMASIceVolumeAnomalyCurrentV2.1.png

RACookPE1978
Editor
Reply to  Jack Dale
April 11, 2018 3:22 pm

OK, so Arctic sea ice extents are declinijng from their 1979-1981 high point.
At these latitudes, less sea ice = more cooling, over the length of an entire year. (The 4 summer months from mid-April to mid-August do increase heat input to the Arctic Ocean, but the increased cooling the remaining 8 months of the year is greater.)

Chimp
Reply to  Dixon
April 11, 2018 2:15 pm

Jack,
Looks more like 42 years in your graph.
Volume is highly speculative.
Arctic sea ice is cyclical. It is higher now than for most of the Holocene. No CO2 signal.
Antarctic sea ice grew while Arctic fell. No CO2 signal.
No difference in slope or duration between the early 20th century warming and the late 20th century warming. For the first 32 years after WWII, CO2 rose steadily but GASTA crashed dramatically. Then for about 20 years, still rising CO2 happened accidentally to coincide with slight warming, following the PDO flip of 1977. Since then, global average temperature, to the extent that it can be measured, has stayed about flat, in spite of continued growth in vital plant food in the air. Thus, no correlation between rising CO2 and temperature.
What I said before stands.

Jack Dale
Reply to  Dixon
April 11, 2018 2:33 pm

Chimp – let us start with basic arithmetic
2012-1953
= 59
42 is the answer to life, the universe and everything. (Douglas Adams)
The rest of your post is just as nonsensical.

Chimp
Reply to  Dixon
April 11, 2018 2:40 pm

Jack,
According to your graph, sea ice was still growing until 42 years ago. It hasn’t been declining since 1953.
Obviously, you can’t dispute anything I said, because you’re not even attempting to do science, just advocacy. I know facts just confuse CACA advocates.

Jack Dale
Reply to  Dixon
April 11, 2018 3:46 pm

RACookPE1978 – Less sea ice means less albedo and more warming. Ice freezes from the top down, and the surface ice provides insulation to slow down heat loss.

Tom Halla
April 9, 2018 9:22 am

Estimating TSI before actual satellite records is something of a pain in whatever metaphor one uses, and the proxies for it all seem to be ambiguous.

Rob
April 9, 2018 9:30 am

Here in Alberta this winter has sure been slow to come to end. This week we are suppose to see warmer temperatures start to chase the cold temperatures away. So says the weather man, but he doesn’t the best of track records with his forecasts. So it will be wait to see if he’s right. I went by the golf course the other day, and it’s still buried in over a foot of snow. In a more normal type winter that snow would all be gone by now.

Paul
Reply to  Rob
April 9, 2018 10:54 am

“I went by the golf course the other day, and it’s still buried in over a foot of snow.” That’s why they make yellow golf balls. Good until the dandelions come up.

Rob
Reply to  Paul
April 9, 2018 11:29 am

Yeah, that’s an idea, and instead of golf carts we could use snow mobiles. Or better yet. How about those people in the south, send us some of that warm weather they’ve been hogging to themselves.

rbabcock
April 9, 2018 9:36 am

Maybe someone can explain this graph if sunspots doesn’t effect global temps?comment image
[Link fixed. -w]

Steve O
April 9, 2018 9:39 am

Whether a variable is unvarying or not depends on the measuring stick.
CO2 is unvarying if you measure it in terms of parts per thousand.

prjindigo
Reply to  Steve O
April 9, 2018 12:42 pm

At one point in the past it was “4”… so you, sir, are wrong.

J Mac
April 9, 2018 9:39 am

The sun will continue to change in all its manifest cyclical ways and mankind will continue to adapt to whatever changes it induces in our terrestrial environment…. because we can’t do a damn thing to change one iota of solar influence.
We are living in the midst of a Grand Experiment, Ladies and Gentlemen. Place your bets if you like. Maunder on about past minimums, if you must. As for myself, I hope to yet enjoy enough sunsets, beer, and popcorn to see which way the earthly climate ultimately is perturbed by our increasingly reticent star.

April 9, 2018 9:42 am

Given the choice of lots of little solar instabilities and a few really huge CMEs I’ll take the little sunspots every time.

ResourceGuy
April 9, 2018 9:51 am

Where is that strengthening solar polar field as indicator for the next cycle? I don’t see it with WSO.

Reply to  ResourceGuy
April 9, 2018 10:02 am

Where is that strengthening solar polar field as indicator for the next cycle? I don’t see it with WSO.
See it here
http://www.leif.org/research/Prediction-of-SC25.pdf
http://www.leif.org/research/Estimate-SC25-from-PF.png

Bob boder
Reply to  lsvalgaard
April 9, 2018 10:20 am

Leif
Good stuff, but the Beard is nearly perfect! i am envious.

ResourceGuy
Reply to  lsvalgaard
April 9, 2018 11:47 am

The back end looks to be more important than the front end.

Reply to  ResourceGuy
April 9, 2018 11:52 am

The back end looks to be more important than the front end
Have no idea what you might have meant

meems
Reply to  lsvalgaard
April 11, 2018 6:14 am

Has WUWT headlined your recent SC25 prediction? I don’t see that it has.

Reply to  meems
April 11, 2018 8:12 am

neither have I…

interzonkomizar
April 9, 2018 10:02 am

Hi David. Greetings from the Big Mango (BKK). Thanks for this new insight into TSI.
@CommieBob- I believe this reference to Karin Labitzke’s work shows an undeniable solar connection to climate and weather.
Exerpt from Javier article …
In a series of seminal articles Karin Labitzke with Harry van Loon (1987; 2006) established that the QBO modulates the effect of solar activity on the stratosphere and the Polar Vortex. With great insight Labitzke, who was aware of the state of the solar 11-year cycle through time, unlocked a problem that had occupied researchers for centuries when she decided to segregate the data on stratospheric polar temperatures according to QBO phase (Kerr, 1987; figure 96). The very low correlation when all the data is considered, becomes very high using the segregated data, and Labitzke became the first to identify a strong sunspot-weather correlation.
https://judithcurry.com/2018/01/21/nature-unbound-vii-climate-change-mechanisms/
Sandy, Minister of Future

Tom in Florida
April 9, 2018 10:04 am

Once again a single paper comes out and everyone who finds that it conforms to their own beliefs starts to use it as “proof” that they were indeed right.

Javier
Reply to  Tom in Florida
April 9, 2018 10:41 am

Hell no. I am convinced by the strong evidence available that multi-decadal solar variability has a strong disproportionate effect on climate and I think that article is not worth the time it takes reading. If to defend your hypothesis you need to go to unpublished Bulgarian articles then you are in trouble.

Reply to  Javier
April 9, 2018 2:06 pm

Agreed.

Stevan Reddish
April 9, 2018 10:06 am

Attempts to pin climate changes solely on CO2 fail due to weak effect of further increases in CO2 when compared to strong damping effect of world oceans and atmospheric H2O.
Attempts to pin climate changes solely on O3 levels in upper atmosphere fail due to strong damping effect of world oceans and atmospheric H2O, and on self correcting nature of factors determining O3 levels.
Attempts to pin climate changes solely on TSI variation due to sunspot cycle fail due to weak amplitude of TSI changes over sunspot cycle compared to strong damping effect of world oceans and atmospheric H2O.
El Nino has a strong short term effect only so cannot be correlated with decadal or longer climate changes.
PDO and AMO combined seem to produce a definite Approx. 60 year climate cycle, but cannot explain long term (millenial or longer) changes in climate.
I suggest all short term changes in weather patterns are due to the combined interplay of these effects.
We lack information to determine causes of long term climate changes.
SR

Chimp
Reply to  Stevan Reddish
April 9, 2018 10:14 am

UV variation is far more pronounced than TSI, and, while a small part of TSI even when at its highest, UV is qualitatively different from the rest of the solar spectrum because of its effect on ozone and its deep penetration of the oceans.

Richard M
Reply to  Chimp
April 9, 2018 10:23 am

Related to this observation, do you know if anyone has examined the spectra of Earth’s albedo? If it were different than the incoming energy frequencies then it might give us a different picture of actually energy the planet absorbs (or it might not).

Chimp
Reply to  Chimp
April 9, 2018 11:04 am

Of course it depends upon how much ice, snow, land and liquid water the surface has, but as of AD 1971, here are the emission spectra:
https://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/19710023628.pdf

Reply to  Chimp
April 9, 2018 4:29 pm

UV variation is far more pronounced than TSI
Nevertheless, the variation of UV [and of TSI] simply follows that of the sunspot number:
http://www.leif.org/research/EUV-Magnetic-Field.pdf

Richard M
Reply to  Stevan Reddish
April 9, 2018 10:18 am

Good summary. And now with the Lean et al 2018 paper referenced by Javier we do have a possible cause of the long term changes.

prjindigo
Reply to  Stevan Reddish
April 9, 2018 12:43 pm

Maybe it’s from obliterating nearly 40% of the natural environment of the planet and replacing it with high heat gain objects?

dh-mtl
April 9, 2018 10:23 am

Of course it is the sun!
As I have posted before, the factors that affect the global temperature variability are:
1. The short term effect of ENSO.
2. The long term affect of ENSO.
3. The short term affect of Solar variability.
4. The long term effect of Solar variability.
Taking these one by one.
1. The short term effect of ENSO is well known and has an effect on global temperatures of about +/- 0.2 C (i.e. 0.4C total).
2. The “Permanent” effect of ENSO as discussed by Bob Tisdale and other on this site, is a quite separate effect. It is not really permanent but does act over a period decades (at least 20 to 30 years), and is correlated with virtually all of the long term increases in temperature since 1980, as well as the ‘pause’.
It should be noted that unless this factor is properly accounted for, then any correlation model is essentially useless.
3. The short term effect of solar cycle. When the above two factors are properly accounted for, there is a significant correlation between the solar cycle and temperatures. The magnitude of the effect is about 0.1 C at solar cycle maximum compared to solar cycle minimum.
4. The long term effect of solar cycles. The primary transfer mechanism of the heat from the sun is through the oceans, and this is seen in its effect on ENSO.
Firstly there may be a concurrent effect on ENSO, for example making El Ninos that occur near or shortly after the peak in the solar cycle stronger. It is interesting to note that both the 1997 and 2017 El Ninos both occurred not long after solar cycle peaks.
Secondly, the solar variability likely affects the long term variability in the oceans. For example in a recent post (https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/04/05/a-look-at-the-ghcn-daily-minimums-debunks-a-basic-assumption-of-global-warming/), Joel O’Bryan (April 5, 2018 at 7:24 am) posted a graph showing a 60 year AMO cycle. This AMO cycle is related to a similar long term cycle in ENSO, which affects the predominance of either El Ninos or La Ninas. The long term variability in solar cycles is transferred to climate by affecting these long term ocean temperature cycles.
However it is likely that he 60-70 year periodicity of the ocean cycles is related to the harmonics of the ocean currents. The effect of the sun’s variability is imprinted on top of this already existing ocean temperature cycle.
So yes it is the sun that drives climate, primarily transferred through the oceans, through both long term and short term mechanisms, but with also a small direct affect.

Reply to  dh-mtl
April 9, 2018 2:16 pm

“…but with also a small direct affect…”, and here is that direct small effect, imo. Take a look at Silso’s ssn graph, and note the spike in ssn around August of last year. Then look at Dr Spencer’s UAH and note the spike in global temps around Sept/Oct of 2017. That is how it works.

interzonkomizar
April 9, 2018 10:32 am

@Stevan Reddish- We lack information to determine causes of long term climate changes.
Mabe you need to read more, heh. I was re-reading this 5 hrs ago …
Intro to- Nature Unbound V – The elusive 1500-year Holocene cycle
by Javier (link follows)…
The existence of a 1500-year climatic cycle during the Holocene, related to the glacial Dansgaard-Oeschger cycle, is a matter of intense debate. However, by introducing precise timing requirements it can be shown that the 1500-year cycle displayed in Northern Hemisphere glacial records is also observed in Holocene records from all over the world.
The cycle is most prominently displayed in oceanic subsurface water temperatures, Arctic atmospheric circulation, wind deposits, Arctic drift ice, and storminess records. A lunisolar tidal hypothesis is uniquely capable of explaining the cycle’s timing, features, and effects.
https://judithcurry.com/2017/09/15/nature-unbound-v-the-elusive-1500-year-holocene-cycle/#more-23393
Sandy, Minister of Future

Stevan Reddish
Reply to  interzonkomizar
April 10, 2018 12:16 am

interzonkomizar, Detecting a cycle is not the same thing as determining the cause of a cycle. How much time passed between the observation of the daily sun rise – sun set cycle and the determination that the ground we stand on spinning very fast is the cause?
Many have made note of the millenial cycle with warm spells referred to as the Medieval warm period, the Roman warm period, Etc. My point is that we do not have adequate data records for a long enough period of time. Is there the equivalent of the Maunder Minimum during each cold part of the cycle? It may take until the next warm period arrives to gather enough info to determine a cause
However, in my last post I intended to say attempts to name a sole cause for observed climate changes are likely to fail, as no single “forcing” is strong enough to overpower all other “forcings”. ( I had to cut my post short in order to tend to some business.)
The likeliest finding is that the Milenial climate cycle results from the combined effects of several “forcings”.
SR

interzonkomizar
Reply to  Stevan Reddish
April 10, 2018 5:31 am

@Steven- I agree several processes must be aligned, or ready, to allow a forcing to proceed. A window of opportunities.
Sandy, Minister of Future

Javier
April 9, 2018 10:55 am

And now two solar physicists, that have shown how the 11-year solar sunspot cycle derives from the fundamental 22-year solar magnetic cycle in a very interesting set of articles, are proposing a good correlation between solar activity and ENSO:
Predicting the La Niña of 2020-21: Termination of Solar Cycles and Correlated Variance in Solar and Atmospheric Variability
Leamon, R. J.; McIntosh, S. W.
“Establishing a solid physical connection between solar and tropospheric variability has posed a considerable challenge across the spectrum of Earth-system science. Over the past few years a new picture to describe solar variability has developed, based on observing, understanding and tracing the progression, interaction and intrinsic variability of the magnetized activity bands that belong to the Sun’s 22-year magnetic activity cycle. The intra- and extra-hemispheric interaction of these magnetic bands appear to explain the occurrence of decadal scale variability that primarily manifests itself in the sunspot cycle. However, on timescales of ten months or so, those bands posses their own internal variability with an amplitude of the same order of magnitude as the decadal scale. The latter have been tied to the existence of magnetized Rossby waves in the solar convection zone that result in surges of magnetic flux emergence that correspondingly modulate our star’s radiative and particulate output. One of the most important events in the progression of these bands is their (apparent) termination at the solar equator that signals a global increase in magnetic flux emergence that becomes the new solar cycle. We look at the particulate and radiative implications of these termination points, their temporal recurrence and signature, from the Sun to the Earth, and show the correlated signature of solar cycle termination events and major oceanic oscillations that extend back many decades. A combined one-two punch of reduced particulate forcing and increased radiative forcing that result from the termination of one solar cycle and rapid blossoming of another correlates strongly with a shift from El Niño to La Niña conditions in the Pacific Ocean. This shift does not occur at solar minima, nor solar maxima, but at a particular, non-periodic, time in between. The failure to identify these termination points, and their relative irregularity, have inhibited a correlation to be observed and physical processes to be studied. This result potentially opens the door to a broader understanding of solar variability on our planet and its weather. Ongoing tracking of solar magnetic band migration indicates that Cycle 24 will terminate in the 2020 timeframe and thus we may expect to see an attendant shift to La Niña conditions at that time. “
American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting 2017, abstract #SH42A-05
I’m eagerly awaiting the article to see the evidence.

Chimp
Reply to  Javier
April 9, 2018 11:06 am

Thanks!
The effect of solar radiant and magnetic variation on oceanic oscillations should have been obvious, but apparently not.
Better late than never to study this connection.

ren
Reply to  Javier
April 9, 2018 11:44 am

“A combined one-two punch of reduced particulate forcing and increased radiative forcing that result from the termination of one solar cycle and rapid blossoming of another correlates strongly with a shift from El Niño to La Niña conditions in the Pacific Ocean. This shift does not occur at solar minima, nor solar maxima, but at a particular, non-periodic, time in between.”

Reply to  Javier
April 9, 2018 2:24 pm

That will be the La Nina of 2019/20, imo.

April 9, 2018 11:04 am

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Reply to  unique1795
April 9, 2018 11:16 am

Unique, at the bottom of each email is a link that says “Unsubscribe”.
w.

Colin Peterson
April 9, 2018 11:15 am

not sure why Mr Archibald chose to focus on the ethic origin of one of the authors. does he imply Bulgarians are way out of their league trying to ruminate on the topic?? Never seen authors being referred to Americans, French or Russian on this website. Very strange.

pochas94
Reply to  Colin Peterson
April 9, 2018 1:12 pm

If not the Bulgarians, then who? Most scientists domiciled in the us live in fear of being blackballed and/or having their grants pulled if they desert the “97% consensus.”

Editor
April 9, 2018 11:25 am

AZ1971 April 9, 2018 at 11:10 am Edit

I hold that temperatures are thermostatically regulated
…. by what specifically then, if not for TSI/SSN or CO2?

Emergent climate phenomena regulate the temperature. Here are a couple of my many posts on the subject.
The Thermostat Hypothesis 2009-06-14
Abstract: The Thermostat Hypothesis is that tropical clouds and thunderstorms actively regulate the temperature of the earth. This keeps the earth at a equilibrium temperature.
Emergent Climate Phenomena 2013-02-07
In a recent post, I described how the El Nino/La Nina alteration operates as a giant pump. Whenever the Pacific Ocean gets too warm across its surface, the Nino/Nina pump kicks in and removes the warm water from the Pacific, pumping it first west and thence poleward. I also wrote…
w.

Chimp
Reply to  Willis Eschenbach
April 9, 2018 11:30 am

Willis,
Doesn’t the sun warm the ocean? Tropical afternoon thunderstorms don’t just “emerge”. They result from solar radiation, especially UV.
Thunderstorms are weather, not climate. Their average over decades is a climatic factor, ultimately controlled by solar radiation and magnetism over those time intervals.

Chimp
Reply to  Chimp
April 9, 2018 11:31 am

PS: The sun is also responsible for the changes in wind patterns which rule ENSO, again especially the UV which regulates ozone.

AZ1971
Reply to  Willis Eschenbach
April 9, 2018 1:09 pm

In a recent post, I described how the El Nino/La Nina alteration operates as a giant pump.

Willis, I read your post with interest—but as I have seen things, there’s no commensurate increase in tropical cyclones or thunderstorms (based on count and satellite/radar imagery) to offset the increase in global temperatures seen since ~1970. Are you suggesting that the entire global temperature brouhaha endlessly being discussed on this website and others is within normal planetary parameters and can thus be dismissed?

Reply to  AZ1971
April 9, 2018 1:22 pm

AZ1971 April 9, 2018 at 1:09 pm Edit

Are you suggesting that the entire global temperature brouhaha endlessly being discussed on this website and others is within normal planetary parameters and can thus be dismissed?

Thanks, AZ. I am much more impressed by the stability of the global temperature than I am by the trivial changes in said temperature. So yes, I think all of the alarmism is totally misplaced.
I think that the main control on global temperatures is the time of onset of the tropical cumulus field. However, it is far from the only control. Dust devils, the PDO, the El Nino/La Nina pump, and other emergent phenomena are involved.
Finally, bear in mind that over the 20th century the temperature varied by about ±0.3°C, which is about a tenth of a percent … so I have little confidence that we’d see much change in anything due to that trivial a variation, particularly given the wide variety and the intermittent nature of the emergent phenomena involved.
w.

Chimp
Reply to  AZ1971
April 9, 2018 1:35 pm

Willis,
While temperature is more stable during the Holocene and other interglacials than during the much longer glacial intervals, both glacials and interglacials show clear cycles. Oceanic oscillations are relevant to climate, but tropical thunderstorms and dust devils aren’t, unless they show consistent multdecadal variation.
On longer time scales, Earth’s climate isn’t anywhere near as stable as during the Holocene. Global temperature has varied through about 80 degrees C from low to high since the Proterozoic Eon, ie the past 2.5 billion years, over half our planet’s history.

Reply to  AZ1971
April 9, 2018 2:14 pm

Chimp, even if every single thing you say is true, it still does NOT explain the extraordinary stability of the Holocene temperature …
w.

Chimp
Reply to  AZ1971
April 9, 2018 2:19 pm

Willis,
Holocene stability isn’t extraordinary. All interglacials are more stable than glacials.
The Eemian was warmer than the Holocene, but both were stable, and the Eemian lasted longer than the Holocene has so far.
What makes you think that the Holocene is exceptionally stable? Take a look at other integlacials, and for that matter the Pliocene.
Interglacials aren’t the norm. Tropical thunderstorms happen during both glacials and interglacials. They explain nothing. Dust devils even less. Both phenomena do however demonstrate the power of solar heating on sea and land. Nothing else.

Dr Deanster
Reply to  AZ1971
April 9, 2018 3:56 pm

Yes …. YES …. the entire bruhahaha of a 0.1C change per decade is a useless conversation based in futility! It gets even more absurd when people start talking of a new record …of …. 0.01C. It’s fricken ridiculous! Further …. there is NO “global” warming, there is only arctic warming, the rest of the globe is doing just fine.
About all we’ve figured out for sure about climate is the interaction between the Sun and Earth orbit and angle has something to do with the coming and going of ice ages. All this B.S. about minor changes in CO2 and TSI etc etc amid all the interactions affecting the temperature by tenths or even hundredths of a degree is garbage that operates on a level below our ability to even measure. End of story.

Chimp
Reply to  AZ1971
April 9, 2018 4:02 pm

Dr.,
Arctic warming, if it has happened, is a good thing. We don’t really know, since Arctic “temperatures” are mostly made up.
Arctic sea ice has been growing since 2012.
There have been fluctuations in Holocene “global temperature” significant enough to be measured in proxy data. The swing from the height of warmth in the Holocene Climatic Optimum and Minoan Warm Period to the depths of the Little Ice Age is a matter of whole degrees, not just tenths thereof. The effects on humans weren’t negligible, with warmth of course being good and cold bad.

Dr Deanster
Reply to  AZ1971
April 9, 2018 4:41 pm

Chimp ….. of course there are changes on scales of a 1000 years, ….. but there is no mechanism that accounts for the minor changes on decade scale, maybe not even on a century scale.
And yes I agree, the Arctic temp is made up, using the same futile reasoning used to say a 0.01C rise is significant.

Chimp
Reply to  AZ1971
April 9, 2018 4:43 pm

Dr.,
IMO there are mechanisms explaining the observed multidecadal and centennial-scale cycles, to include solar activity.

Dr Deanster
Reply to  AZ1971
April 9, 2018 5:15 pm

May be …. but I am confident in saying that none of them in isolation are powerful enough to account for the observed changes. Any one of them can be overwhelmed by one or more of the others, and as such, they only become detectable when part of an ansemble. That’s why nobody can pin point the silver bullet to determining minuscule changes over a decade or century, and we get such nonsense as …. it was The Sun in the first half of the 20th, and CO2 in the second, and now for some reason there is a pause, and nothing seems to fit.

Chimp
Reply to  AZ1971
April 10, 2018 1:22 pm

Dr.,
The effect of CO2 is negligible. It was the sun in the early 20th century and the late 20th century, and in every century previously. As modulated by Earth’s water in all its states and by the planet’s orbital and rotational mechanics. And its geology, to include volcanic activity, mountain building and plate tectonics.

April 9, 2018 12:09 pm

To those disparaging Bulgarians, Milankovitch was a Croat not German, English or American. Therefore his theory must be false. Or is that just someone’s bias showing?

Chimp
Reply to  Ray Givan
April 9, 2018 12:12 pm

Milankovitch was a Serb, not a Croat, but he got his ideas from a Scot.

Chimp
Reply to  Chimp
April 9, 2018 12:13 pm

But I agree that scientists from the Balkans are not to be disparaged on national origin alone.

Chimp
Reply to  Chimp
April 9, 2018 1:07 pm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Croll
Milankovitch’s Scottish guru.

Reply to  Chimp
April 10, 2018 3:44 pm

Thanks for the correction, Chimp.

Chimp
Reply to  Chimp
April 10, 2018 3:51 pm

You’re welcome.
Wouldn’t matter much, except that Roman Catholic Croats and Orthodox Catholic Serbs have been at war more or less continuously since c. AD 870.

Javier
Reply to  Ray Givan
April 9, 2018 1:43 pm

The quality of the scientists is not related to their origin, but their origin is relevant to the theories they sustain. We all have noticed that scientists from Scandinavian countries, Eastern Europe, and China are more open to climate change alternative explanations. Perhaps because their governments are too.

karl
April 9, 2018 12:58 pm

An extra 1 watt per square meter of TSI averaged incident to the surface (which is 1/400 at the least or .25% ) adds an extra
4 E+21 Joules of heat to the planet in 1 year (Treating the earth as a flat plate with a radius of 6371 kilometers = pi*(6371000^2)*3600 seconds/hour * 8760 hours per year)
Nah, the sun has nothing to do with it … (roll eyes)

Reply to  karl
April 9, 2018 1:15 pm

karl April 9, 2018 at 12:58 pm

An extra 1 watt per square meter of TSI averaged incident to the surface (which is 1/400 at the least or .25% ) adds an extra
4 E+21 Joules of heat to the planet in 1 year (Treating the earth as a flat plate with a radius of 6371 kilometers = pi*(6371000^2)*3600 seconds/hour * 8760 hours per year)
Nah, the sun has nothing to do with it … (roll eyes)

Karl, last I looked science wasn’t decided by eye rolls. It is decided by observations of the real world. You think that TSI changes due to sunspots have an effect on the surface temperature. Please provide a dataset of surface observations to back up your theory.
Also, the change in TSI is about 1 W/m2 peak-to-peak over the sunspot cycle. This is a range of one-tenth of one percent of total TSI, your math is wrong … sorry, but that is not a big change, it is a trivially small change.
w.

Chimp
Reply to  Willis Eschenbach
April 9, 2018 1:27 pm

Willis,
UV flux varies by almost one percent, and by even more for the highest energy photons, which make and break ozone.
Changes in the angle of incidence of solar radiation and albedo of the Earth control glacial advances, so small variation in solar activity can and does affect less dramatic cycles of multidecadal, centennial and millennial climate change.

Reply to  Willis Eschenbach
April 9, 2018 2:09 pm

Chimp April 9, 2018 at 1:27 pm

Willis,
UV flux varies by almost one percent, and by even more for the highest energy photons, which make and break ozone.

Yes, I know that. I’ve been told that maybe twenty times. It’s a great theory. The problem is that I’ve heard solar theory after solar theory, and guess what?
I’m interested in OBSERVATIONS that support these theories, not the theories themselves.
I’ve invited you several times to provide us with two links, one link to the study that you think best shows the effect of the sun on a surface climate dataset, and the other link to the data used in the study. My only criterion is that it not be climate model based, including “data” from a climate model reanalysis.
Still waiting …
w.

Chimp
Reply to  Willis Eschenbach
April 9, 2018 2:14 pm

Willis,
It’s not a theory. That UV variation is far greater than TSI is an observation, ie a scientific fact. That UV makes and breaks ozone is an observation, ie a fact. That ozone affects climate is an observation, ie a fact (despite the link’s coming from the discredited GISS).
https://www.giss.nasa.gov/research/features/200402_tango/
Which of these facts do you find theoretical?

Reply to  Willis Eschenbach
April 9, 2018 2:23 pm

Chimp April 9, 2018 at 2:14 pm

Willis,
It’s not a theory. That UV variation is far greater than TSI is an observation, ie a scientific fact. That UV makes and breaks ozone is an observation, ie a fact. That ozone affects climate is an observation, ie a fact (despite the link’s coming from the discredited GISS).
https://www.giss.nasa.gov/research/features/200402_tango/
Which of these facts do you find theoretical?

What I find theoretical is the claimed effect of UV on surface temperature datasets, for which you have provided neither a link to an observational study nor to the data involved. Did I not say don’t bother me with climate models, like this one from your link?

The Variable Arctic
Although many global scale models agree with each other and with observations on the future of ozone recovery, most regional scale models do not agree.

Heck, your own link makes the same point of the lack of observational data, viz (emphasis mine):

“The problem is that we haven’t had adequate data,” Ramaswamy continues. “Observations have been primarily limited to only a very few locations in the stratosphere. We have only 20 years of full global coverage from satellites. Of course radiosonde goes back 40 years but that is not global coverage.”
GISS’s Jim Hansen agrees with Ramaswamy on the need for data. “Climate forcing by ozone is uncertain because ozone change as a function of altitude is not well measured. Especially at the tropopause (where the troposphere meets the stratosphere), we don’t know enough. The climate system is highly sensitive, especially to changes in the tropopause region. We need exact temperatures and ozone profiles at different altitudes and around the globe.”

Still waiting for Godot … or for two links, one to a study and the other to the observational data used in the study …
w.

Chimp
Reply to  Willis Eschenbach
April 9, 2018 2:27 pm

Willis,
The link is from 2004. It’s not based just upon modeling.
Here are the ozone and temperature data as of 2009:
http://www.ozonelayer.noaa.gov/data/arctic.htm
http://www.ozonelayer.noaa.gov/data/antarctic.htm
Had you ever studied the effect of solar activity on the atmosphere, you’d already know that the link with temperature is a fact. How could you have missed all the brouhaha over the ozone whole since the 1970s?

Reply to  Willis Eschenbach
April 9, 2018 2:45 pm

Chimp April 9, 2018 at 2:27 pm

Had you ever studied the effect of solar activity on the atmosphere, you’d already know that the link with temperature is a fact. How could you have missed all the brouhaha over the ozone whole [sic] since the 1970s?

LEARN TO READ. I specifically asked for two links showing a sunspot-related effect on SURFACE climate datasets, and you send me something about the stratosphere. Fail.
As to whether I know that the sun affects the upper atmosphere, I just wrote a whole post actually demonstrating that it does, duh.
I also showed that the effect present in the stratosphere does NOT make it down as far as the lower troposphere. Do try to keep up, there’s a good fellow.
w.

karl
Reply to  Willis Eschenbach
April 10, 2018 11:41 am

4E+21 extra Joules — where does that all go?

Reply to  karl
April 10, 2018 11:42 am

radiated back to outer space…

karl
Reply to  Willis Eschenbach
April 10, 2018 11:55 am

TSI incident to the surface and the troposphere, is what drives temperature changes for the planet.
I never said anything about sunspots.

karl
Reply to  Willis Eschenbach
April 10, 2018 11:56 am

@ Leif — not all of it — not hardly

karl
Reply to  Willis Eschenbach
April 10, 2018 11:59 am

@willis
Do you argue against the fact that due to increasing TSI liquid water will not exist on earth in ~ 1.5 Billion years give or take a few hundred million?

Reply to  karl
April 10, 2018 12:31 pm

karl April 10, 2018 at 11:59 am

@willis
Do you argue against the fact that due to increasing TSI liquid water will not exist on earth in ~ 1.5 Billion years give or take a few hundred million?

“The fact …”??? That is an untestable prediction, not a fact.
In any case, as far as we know the luminosity of the sun has been increasing linearly by about 1% every 110 million years. That means that 1.5 billion years ago the luminosity was about 14% less than today. And at the time of the Cretaceous explosion, the sun was about 27% less luminous than today.
Now, IF, as you seem to be assuming, the temperature of the Earth varies linearly with solar luminosity, then at the time of the Cretaceous explosion, the temperature should have been about 288K * .75 ≈ 216K ≈ -57°C … and we know that didn’t happen.
As a result, I’m not willing to guess what the earth will look like in 1.5 billion years … here’s an ancient Sufi story about why.

Mulla Nasruddin was walking down the street when a man fell off a roof and landed on the Mulla. The man was uninjured, but the Mulla was taken to the hospital.
One of his followers visited him in the hospital and asked him “Mulla, what can we learn from this incident?”
Nasruddin replied, “Shun reliance on theoretical questions like, if a man falls off a roof will he be injured? The man fell off the roof, and I’m the one in the hospital”.

Regards,
w.

Wolf
Reply to  karl
April 10, 2018 12:40 am

Willis, you are doing it again. Looking in existing inadequate data and using failed calculations to dismiss solar influence on climate.
Solar UV is estimated to have increased 3% since the end of the Little Ice Age. But we don’t have good data. All we have is 15 years of patchy solar spectral variance data. Forget sunspots, TSI and other proxies, we need spectral data. We also need good ocean heat content data to compare it to, but we now know the ARGO data has been adjusted and corrupted.
But for hard sceptics (not lukewarmers) there is some good news. The TSIS-1 instrument to study solar spectral variance was rushed to the ISS on a Dragon capsule. The GOES-R series weather satellites have also been updated to include SSV instruments. Solar spectral variance measurements will be pouring in.
But ARGO is corrupted? Doesn’t matter. The simplest of empirical experiments demonstrates why 100 w/m2 of UV adds more to ocean heat content than 100 w/m2 of SW.
We have the mechanism, and we are getting the data.
People who think all frequencies of light add equally to ocean heat content are yesterday’s news.

Reply to  Wolf
April 10, 2018 1:38 am

Wolf
You are right.
100%

Wolf
Reply to  Wolf
April 10, 2018 3:27 am

100% right? But how can that be?
The Great and Glorious Willis has declared our radiatively cooled atmosphere is warming the solar heated surface of our ocean planet.
What’s wrong with you Henry? Don’t you know you could be called a “jerk-wagon” for disagreeing with the pseudo-scientific “CO2 causes warming” consensus?
Willis is a god! Your doubt is blasphemy!!

Reply to  Wolf
April 10, 2018 9:23 am

Wolf April 10, 2018 at 12:40 am

Willis, you are doing it again. Looking in existing inadequate data and using failed calculations to dismiss solar influence on climate.

Wolf, I have invited you over and over again to give me two links, one to the study that you think best shows the purported sunspot-related effect and the other to the data used in the study.
So far, I’ve gotten nothing from you but grandiose claims. You keep say that I’m using “inadequate data”, but despite repeated requests, you have NOT given a link to what you consider adequate data. (To be fair, you did say I should look at clouds in the ITCZ, although you didn’t give a link. So I went and looked there, and found no sign of the purported sunspot related signal. Your response? Silence …)
Next, “failed calculations”? If you are so damn brilliant and know how it should be done, how about you step up to the plate and use what you think is adequate data and the right calculations to show us how it should be done. I’ve put data and methods and details and results out there time after time. And your response?
You’ve just flapped your lips and endlessly claimed I’m wrong, without saying how to do it right. So here are my questions.
Are you going to put your money where your mouth is and demonstrate how to use the proper methods and the proper data?
Or are you going to continue to stand on the sidelines and make unsupported, uncited, unsubstantiated claims about how my data and my methods are wrong?
Finally, I used periodograms and CEEMD to look for the solar signature in various signals. Both of these methods are used around the world for this purpose. On what planet are periodograms “failed calculations”, and in what way did they “fail”?
Your move …
w.

Reply to  Willis Eschenbach
April 10, 2018 9:49 am

Wolf
Leave Willis be.
Allthoufh he is an incredible stats man he has never learned that you only need 4 points to make a calibration curve.

Reply to  Wolf
April 10, 2018 12:33 pm

Henryp April 10, 2018 at 9:49 am

Wolf
Leave Willis be.
Allthoufh he is an incredible stats man he has never learned that you only need 4 points to make a calibration curve.

Wolf, Henry recommends that you chicken out and run for the door. You’re welcome to take his advice … but it won’t help your reputation.
w.

Reply to  Willis Eschenbach
April 10, 2018 12:45 pm

Lol.
He knows when he is right…
When you know you are right it does not matter what anyone says. In science there is no such thing as consensus.

Reply to  Henryp
April 10, 2018 1:15 pm

Wolf
Again. Leave Willis be. He is just sitting on you trying to extract the info which he already knows you might have, for his own good.

Reply to  Henryp
April 10, 2018 1:41 pm

Willis
Just so everyone inderstands. I made it clear to you that some of us here think it is the UV that ends in the oceans that regulates most of the climate change.
We have given you the theory. It is not our problem that nobody has any real measurements of the variation in UV coming through the atmosphere.
We can just observe a few indirect parameters by which we know we are right. E.g
Observe the increase in ozone both in the nh and the sh since 1995.
Hint: forget about the ozone hole.

Reply to  Henryp
April 10, 2018 3:29 pm

Henryp April 10, 2018 at 1:41 pm Edit

Willis
Just so everyone inderstands. I made it clear to you that some of us here think it is the UV that ends in the oceans that regulates most of the climate change.
We have given you the theory. It is not our problem that nobody has any real measurements of the variation in UV coming through the atmosphere.

Since that means that you have a theory that cannot be falsified, and thus has nothing to do with science, it is indeed your problem. Science deals with and advances through falsification.

We can just observe a few indirect parameters by which we know we are right. E.g
Observe the increase in ozone both in the nh and the sh since 1995.
Hint: forget about the ozone hole.

Hint—give me a link to the ozone data that you are discussing.
w.

Chimp
Reply to  Wolf
April 10, 2018 1:46 pm

Henry,
We have measurements of UV reaching the surface at various latitudes and altitudes, but can only estimate what it was in centuries before the 20th.
Surface Ultraviolet Radiation
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.3137/ao.460108

Reply to  Chimp
April 10, 2018 1:58 pm

From your link:
“Analysis of multi-decadal total ozone records has demonstrated that there is an enhancement of total ozone by about 2 to 3% when solar activity is at a maximum compared to that at a minimum (Kerr, 1991; Chipperfield et al., 2003). This increase in ozone reduces the amount of UV-B radiation at the Earth’s surface. It has been suggested that the increase in solar activityobserved from sunspot records over the past few centuries (Fligge and Solanki, 2000) has resulted in an increase in global total ozone, which in turn may have led to a decrease in surface UV-B radiation (Rozema et al., 2002).”
So, at high solar activity, less UV reaches the surface to heat the oceans…

Chimp
Reply to  Wolf
April 10, 2018 2:17 pm

Dr. S.,
Yes, which makes sense considering that the more energetic portion of the UV spectrum (UVC and most UVB) is absorbed by the atmosphere, making and breaking ozone. Hence, when radiation of these energies constitutes a larger share of TSI, more of it will be absorbed.
However, while less UVB will thus reach the surface, the less energetic UVA, which composes more of the UV spectrum, will still arrive to heat the oceans. UV radiation penetration of seawater depends on many factors:
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs12237-015-9996-5
The climatic effects of enhanced UV radiation depends both on ozone production and on oceanic heating.

Wolf
Reply to  Wolf
April 11, 2018 12:54 am

“Wolf, Henry recommends that you chicken out and run for the door. You’re welcome to take his advice … but it won’t help your reputation.”
Willis, I’m one of many who said the net effect of radiative gases in our atmosphere is to cool the solar heated surface of our planet. You took the opposite position. The Internet record is permanent. What was that about “reputation”?
Willis, the game wasn’t to be “less wrong than warmists”. The game was to get it right. If you can’t work out why “Surface Tav without radiative atmosphere” should be above 300 Kelvin, then you can never work out solar influence on climate.
If you accept 255K for “Surface Tav without radiative atmosphere”, then you will never know what data is required or why our current data is inadequate.
Do you accept 255K for “Surface Tav without radiative atmosphere” Willis?

Reply to  Wolf
April 11, 2018 10:31 am

Wolf April 11, 2018 at 12:54 am

“Wolf, Henry recommends that you chicken out and run for the door. You’re welcome to take his advice … but it won’t help your reputation.”

Willis, I’m one of many who said the net effect of radiative gases in our atmosphere is to cool the solar heated surface of our planet. You took the opposite position. The Internet record is permanent. What was that about “reputation”?

I have no idea what you are talking about. EXACTLY what do you think I said, and where did I say it?

Willis, the game wasn’t to be “less wrong than warmists”. The game was to get it right. If you can’t work out why “Surface Tav without radiative atmosphere” should be above 300 Kelvin, then you can never work out solar influence on climate.
If you accept 255K for “Surface Tav without radiative atmosphere”, then you will never know what data is required or why our current data is inadequate.
Do you accept 255K for “Surface Tav without radiative atmosphere” Willis?

I do not “accept” 255K, 300K, or any other value for “Surface Tav without radiative atmosphere”. I hold that to date the question remains unanswered.
Let me strongly recommend that you read Dr. Robert Brown’s most insightful discussion of this question. It is far, far, far from a simple calculation.
For example, the moon is about as far from the sun as the Earth is, and it only has a third the albedo of the Earth so it absorbs more of the sun’s energy than the Earth does … but despite that, the temperature of the moon is not 255K, it is 196K. How does that fit with your calculations?
So I would agree with Dr. Brown. The Earth’s baseline black-body temperature is a “damn hard problem” in his words, and it is one that nobody has solved with any degree of certainty. Your claim that somehow you’re the first person on the planet to have solved that most difficult problem is … well … I’ll just call it “optimistic” and leave it at that.
Let me close by repeating my previous request:

Wolf, I have invited you over and over again to give me two links, one to the study that you think best shows the purported sunspot-related effect and the other to the data used in the study.
So far, I’ve gotten nothing from you but grandiose claims. You keep saying that I’m using “inadequate data”, but despite repeated requests, you have NOT given a link to what you consider adequate data. (To be fair, you did say I should look at clouds in the ITCZ, although you didn’t give a link. So I went and looked there, and found no sign of the purported sunspot related signal. Your response? Silence …)
Next, “failed calculations”? If you are so damn brilliant and know how it should be done, how about you step up to the plate and use what you think is adequate data and the right calculations to show us how it should be done. I’ve put data and methods and details and results out there time after time. And your response?
You’ve just flapped your lips and endlessly claimed I’m wrong, without saying how to do it right. So here are my questions.
Are you going to put your money where your mouth is and demonstrate how to use the proper methods and the proper data?

Still waiting …
w.

karl
April 9, 2018 1:00 pm

.25% at the most — one could use the 1365 w/m^2 incident at earths orbit from the sun

Reply to  karl
April 9, 2018 2:12 pm

Karl, the change in TSI with the sunspot cycle is about 1 W/m2 peak to peak, and one part in 1365 is NOT 0.25%, it’s less than a tenth of a percent …
w.

karl
Reply to  Willis Eschenbach
April 11, 2018 8:31 am

doesn’t change the 4E+21 Joules (well actually since you pointed it out it is the sum of .4+.8+1.6+2.0+2.4+2.8+3.2+3.6+4.0 E+21 Joules — assuming a linear increase over 10 years based upon the 11th year of the cycle being ZERO)

karl
Reply to  Willis Eschenbach
April 11, 2018 8:32 am

oops left out 1.2

Pop Piasa
April 9, 2018 1:02 pm

Here’s my ponderings on the subject once more:
Mother Goose on Climate Prediction
As record winds blow
Unprecedented snow,
Oh, where is our globe a’ warming?
That depends on the sun
And the ways oceans run,
Plus clouds (with complexity) forming!
Now, for quite long,
Climate models are wrong.
So, what caused the pause in the warming?
Yes, look to the sun,
The ways oceans run,
And the clouds, in complexity forming.
CO2 is “too small”
To stop temperature’s fall
When the sun, clouds and oceans together,
Begin to cause cold
In cycles so old…
No one alive can remember!
So if I do some harm
By just keeping warm,
You’ll have to kindly forgive me!
I find my solution
Makes carbon pollution;
Lest Gaia too quickly outlives me!

William Astley
April 9, 2018 1:06 pm

Come on guys.
The sun caused almost 100% of the warming, in the last 150 years.

there is a 95% probability that global temperatures in 2019 will decline by 0.47°C ± 0.21°C from their 2016 peak. In other words, there is a 95% probability that 2019 temperatures will drop to levels not seen since the mid-1990s.

The problem is no one has worked out how the sun is changing and how that change is causing climate change.
We are spectacularly single directional.
Think out of the old box. Come up with an alternative hypothesis.
There is cyclic abrupt climate change in the climatic record.
Everything has a physical explanation. It does not make sense that the geomagnetic field of the entire planet suddenly changes in the mid 1990’s at the same time there is 100% increase in seismic activity, again entire planet without an explanation. Note the sudden change is abruptly reversing.
It the last 15 years the geomagnetic specialists have found the geomagnetic field is changing cyclically.
The magnetic field changes are orders of magnitude faster than a core-based change can cause. The geomagnetic changes in the paleo record correlate with solar cycle changes and with climate changes.
h/t to the NoTricks Zone.
http://notrickszone.com/#sthash.BlxTY2Yc.EpayRG49.dpbs
https://www.omicsonline.org/open-access/have-global-temperatures-reached-a-tipping-point-2573-458X-1000149.pdf

Two previous studies, The Correlation of Seismic Activity and Recent Global Warming (CSARGW) and the Correlation of Seismic Activity and Recent Global Warming: 2016 Update (CSARGW16), documented a high correlation between mid-ocean seismic activity and global temperatures from 1979 to 2016 [1,2]. As detailed in those studies, increasing seismic activity in these submarine volcanic complexes is a proxy indicator of heightened underwater geothermal flux, a forcing mechanism that destabilizes the overlying water column.
This forcing accelerates the thermohaline circulation while enhancing thermobaric convection [3-6]. This, in turn, results in increased heat transport into the Arctic (i.e., the “Arctic Amplification”), a prominent feature of earth’s recent warming [7-9]. .

P.S. The proposed mechanism may not be correct. The interesting question is what is causing the worldwide change of both seismic activity and the geomagnetic field.

there is a 95% probability that global temperatures in 2019 will decline by 0.47°C ± 0.21°C from their 2016 peak. In other words, there is a 95% probability that 2019 temperatures will drop to levels not seen since the mid-1990s.

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2010EO510001/pdf

What Caused Recent Acceleration of the North Magnetic Pole Drift?
The north magnetic pole (NMP) is the point at the Earth’s surface where the geomagnetic field is directed vertically downward. It drifts in time as a result of core convection, which sustains the Earth’s main magnetic field through the geodynamo process. During the 1990s the NMP drift speed suddenly increased from 15 kilometers per year at the start of the decade to 55 kilometers per year by the decade’s end. This acceleration was all the more surprising given that the NMP drift speed had remained less than 15 kilometers per year over the previous 150 years of observation.
Why did NMP drift accelerate in the 1990s? Answering this question may require revising a long-held assumption about processes in the core at the origin of fluctuations in the intensity and direction of the Earth’s magnetic field on decadal to secular time scales, and hints at the existence of a hidden plume rising within the core under the Arctic.
Sudden Acceleration in the 1990s Observations from satellites, magnetic observatories, and field surveys show that the NMP drift speed suddenly increased in the 1990s [Newitt and Barton, 1996; Newitt et al., 2002], from 15 kilometers per year in 1990 to about 60 kilometers per year in 2002, after which it slowly decreased [Olsen and Mandea, 2007; Newitt et al., 2009]. This phenomenon was observed in both field survey measurements and global geomagnetic models (Figure 1a). It followed more than 150 years of slow drift at less than 15 kilometers per year, starting with the first location of the NMP by Ross. This sudden acceleration contrasts with the behavior of the south magnetic pole, which has a drift speed that has never exceeded 15 kilometers per year since the beginning of the twentieth century [Olsen and Mandea, 2007]

http://sciences.blogs.liberation.fr/home/files/Courtillot07EPSL.pdf

Are there connections between the Earth’s magnetic field and climate? Vincent Courtillot, Yves Gallet, Jean-Louis Le Mouël, Frédéric Fluteau, Agnès Genevey
We review evidence for correlations which could suggest such (causal or non-causal) connections at various time scales (recent secular variation approx 10–100 yr, historical and archeomagnetic change appox. 100–5000 yr, and excursions and reversals approx. 10^3–10^6 yr), and attempt to suggest mechanisms. Evidence for correlations, which invoke Milankovic forcing in the core, either directly or through changes in ice distribution and moments of inertia of the Earth, is still tenuous. Correlation between decadal changes in amplitude of geomagnetic variations of external origin, solar irradiance and global temperature is stronger.
It suggests that solar irradiance could have been a major forcing function of climate until the mid-1980s, when “anomalous” warming becomes apparent. The most intriguing feature may be the recently proposed archeomagnetic jerks, i.e. fairly abrupt (approx. 100 yr long) geomagnetic field variations found at irregular intervals over the past few millennia, using the archeological record from Europe to the Middle East. These seem to correlate with significant climatic events in the eastern North Atlantic region. A proposed mechanism involves variations in the geometry of the geomagnetic field (f.i. tilt of the dipole to lower latitudes), resulting in enhanced cosmic-ray induced nucleation of clouds. No forcing factor, be it changes in CO2 concentration in the atmosphere or changes in cosmic ray flux modulated by solar activity and geomagnetism, or possibly other factors, can at present be neglected or shown to be the overwhelming single driver of climate change in past centuries. Intensive data acquisition is required to further probe indications that the Earth’s and Sun’s magnetic fields may have significant bearing on climate change at certain time scales.

http://geosci.uchicago.edu/~rtp1/BardPapers/responseCourtillotEPSL07.pdf

Carla
Reply to  William Astley
April 10, 2018 7:53 am

Thank you Javier, I started reading the comments, then saw the same thing different day TSI scenario playing out. Used the browser search function and typed ‘geotherma’ and BINGO… Your post the only one addressing the elephant in the room.
Geothermal heat, as you have shown, is a complex part of the global warming issue.
Over 40,000 miles of volcanic laden ridges around the planet, with their associated black smokers, hydrothermal vents etc..
The scientific community is just get a grasp of what is going on. Hopefully more to come on this.
Fascinating isn’t it with the increase in seismic activity, the speed of the north pole wander, changes in the Earth’s magnetic field and how this coincides with Earth’s warming and cooling.

Reply to  Carla
April 10, 2018 9:33 am

Indeed
not bad.
It is the only way to explain why the warming of earth is more Nh , not so much Sh.
That elephant has been moving quite a bit in the last century, compared to the previous century,
north east
[going by the magnetic north pole]

afonzarelli
Reply to  William Astley
April 10, 2018 5:10 pm

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afonzarelli
Reply to  afonzarelli
April 10, 2018 5:43 pm

~ graph courtesy of brianrlcatt

Jordan
April 9, 2018 1:16 pm

I will strongly advice you to read the papers of another Bulgarian: http://www.astro.bas.bg/~komitov/

pkatt
April 9, 2018 1:21 pm

Size and position of sunspots may very well indeed effect their Earthly effectiveness. Sunspot number… probably not so much besides indicating an active cycle. Add to that changes in solar winds, magnetic fluctuation and about a one cycle lag… then you just might get somewhere.
I personally think the butterfly chart shows this the best.comment image

Pop Piasa
Reply to  pkatt
April 9, 2018 1:39 pm

I guess that’s sort of obvious to anybody who watches ol’ Sol. It’s the solar real-estate parameters-
1. Location
2. Timing
Where it happens and when are all that matters in our neighborhood.

April 9, 2018 1:28 pm

Perhaps the confusion is because sunspots do not correlate with overall Solar “activity”, as it affects solar plasma emissions and hence Cosmic rays, versus actual radiated heat, for example? Not an expert but counting sunspots is not the whole story of “activity”, particularly if cosmic ray effect to assist in cloud formation by increased nucleation is as suggested by Shaviv, Svensmark et al. (Less clouds when increased solar emission events are occuring. Comment of the rational science kind welcome.

Reply to  brianrlcatt
April 9, 2018 1:30 pm

Perhaps the confusion is because sunspots do not correlate with overall Solar “activity”,
Wrong, sunspots are excellent measures of solar activity. Actually defines ‘solar activity’.

Pop Piasa
Reply to  lsvalgaard
April 9, 2018 2:31 pm

I think he may be referring to the heliospheric shrinkage and deintensification at this juncture of the solar cycle. I read Svensmark and company’s effects to be still confined to the theoretical, just as the effects of CO2 and other radiative gases are. To me, the only measurable effector of climate seems to be the massive quantities of water on this rock. That stands out as the single most important factor in Gaia’s ability to support carbon-based life forms.

Reply to  lsvalgaard
April 11, 2018 4:00 am

Please explain where my statement is wrong. I wrote that because NASA apparently begs to disagree with your position, with data and pictures. A massive amount of solar plasma is coming our way, per NASA, from a coronal hole that is “not a sunspot”. Is this a sunspot that is incorrectly defined as a coronal hole by NASA in your lexicon? Or what? It’s definitely active, incoming today!. https://www.space.com/40256-coronal-hole-in-sun-april-2018.html
Partner Series
‘Hole’ in the Sun Spawns Powerful Solar Wind; Could Amp Up Auroras
A coronal hole on the sun can be seen in this image from April 10, 2018, taken by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory.
Credit: Courtesy of NASA/SDO and the AIA, EVE and HMI science teams
A massive “hole” on the surface of the sun has unleashed a strong solar wind that scientists say may amp up the northern lights in some areas of the U.S. and could disrupt satellite communications over the next few days.
“Data from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory revealed a vast region where the sun’s magnetic field has opened up, creating a gap in the sun’s outer atmosphere, called the corona. This region, also known as a coronal hole, allows charged particles to escape and flow toward Earth in an increased solar wind. As a result, the U.S. Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) has issued a geomagnetic storm watch for today and tomorrow (April 10 and 11). “

Reply to  brianrlcatt
April 11, 2018 8:11 am

massive amount of solar plasma is coming our way, per NASA, from a coronal hole that is “not a sunspot”. Is this a sunspot that is incorrectly defined as a coronal hole by NASA in your lexicon?
Sunspots are seats of magnetic fields. They erupt from the interior of the sun, ‘live’ for days [if small] and weeks [if large], then die. In the process, their magnetic fields disperse into the surroundings and form extended areas of weak magnetic fields from which the solar wind arises. These areas [if large enough] are often ‘coronal holes’. So sunspots and coronal holes are intimately related, being both manifestations of the sun’s magnetic field and undergoing an 11-year cycle.

Reply to  lsvalgaard
April 11, 2018 2:33 pm

And there is an awfully big coronal hole active right now without an associated sunspot. Everyone is a saying how low to nothing solar activity is, while in fact we are subjected to a substantial flux of solar flares, which will impact cosmic rays, Protons, charged particles, reaching the Earth. How come the internal contradiction? As I wrote at the start, Solar activity is not directly associated with sunspot activity. Perhaps it is if delayed by a large and variable time period, of years, but zero susnpots does not equate with low solar activity at the same time. QED.

Reply to  brianrlcatt
April 11, 2018 2:37 pm

Solar activity is not directly associated with sunspot activity
Yes, it is most certainly. Coronal holes are the remnants of dead sunspots. “Where sunspots go to die”. And are not direct indicators of solar activity. Actually more often occur during declining solar activity, as right now.

Reply to  lsvalgaard
April 12, 2018 12:15 pm

You are starting to contradict yourself. I started by making the point that there IS substantial solar activity when there are NO sunspots, which is the fact.
Whether or not there is a correlation between the two that includes a long time delay is irrelevant.
Current sunspot count is, ipso facto, NOT an indicator of current solar activity levels in terms of solar plasma fluxes impacting on Earth.
No amount of words above change that simple fact, which I believe is stated very clearly.

Reply to  brianrlcatt
April 12, 2018 12:43 pm

Current sunspot count is, ipso facto, NOT an indicator of current solar activity levels in terms of solar plasma fluxes impacting on Earth.
Most certainly is. Except, it is an issue of time scale. On a minute-by-minute time scale there is no direct connection, but on a month-by-month or, better, year-by-year scale, the sunspot count is a very good indicator of the plasma flux [the solar wind] hitting the Earth.

Chimp
April 9, 2018 1:42 pm

Sunspot number compared to area:
https://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/20140006388.pdf
Maybe before changes urged by Dr. S’s group.

Reply to  Chimp
April 9, 2018 1:53 pm

In conclusion, had Wolf used SSA or G and SSA rather than G and N for describing solar activity
He actually did [or tried to do]. The fundamental unit for solar activity is the number of groups, G. Wolf reasoned that the number of spots, N, would be a function of the size [area] of the group [the larger the group, the more spots it would contain], so could approximate solar activity measured by area by the number of groups augmented by the number of spots [to take into account the size]: a = G + 0.1 N, where the factor 0.1 was found by observation. Later he streamlined the definition a bit to A = 10G + N.

Pop Piasa
Reply to  lsvalgaard
April 9, 2018 2:35 pm

Hence, the minimum sunspot number for any AR is 11, right?

Reply to  Pop Piasa
April 9, 2018 4:23 pm

Yes, for an individual observer. The average over many observers can be any number between 0 and 11.

Chimp
Reply to  lsvalgaard
April 9, 2018 3:44 pm

Thanks!
Close enough for government work.
Just kidding.

April 9, 2018 3:40 pm

Dont forget.They sayed for years 15 Celsius is the “normal” temperature fpr the world.Now they say 14 Celsius!Why?Because we had only 14,6 Celsius-so the world is to cool,not to hot(in their own words)!

Chimp
April 9, 2018 3:51 pm

Solheim, Stordahl and Humlum find correlation between solar activity and temperature on Svalbard, and make a prediction (from 2011). Dunno how well it has panned out so far:
Solar Activity and Svalbard Temperatures
https://www.hindawi.com/journals/amete/2011/543146/
The long temperature series at Svalbard (Longyearbyen) show large variations and a positive trend since its start in 1912. During this period solar activity has increased, as indicated by shorter solar cycles. The temperature at Svalbard is negatively correlated with the length of the solar cycle. The strongest negative correlation is found with lags 10–12 years. The relations between the length of a solar cycle and the mean temperature in the following cycle are used to model Svalbard annual mean temperature and seasonal temperature variations. Residuals from the annual and winter models show no autocorrelations on the 5 per cent level, which indicates that no additional parameters are needed to explain the temperature variations with 95 per cent significance. These models show that 60 per cent of the annual and winter temperature variations are explained by solar activity. For the spring, summer, and fall temperatures autocorrelations in the residuals exist, and additional variables may contribute to the variations. These models can be applied as forecasting models. We predict an annual mean temperature decrease for Svalbard of °C from solar cycle 23 to solar cycle 24 (2009–20) and a decrease in the winter temperature of °C.