Posted by: Grant | October 29, 2012

Pacific Cools Unexpectedly

AUS ABC PM
Forecasters surprised by El Nino turnaround
By Martin Cuddihy Updated Thu Oct 25, 2012 11:29am AEDT
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-10-24/forecasters-surprised-by-el-nino-turnaround/4332260

” …”Come September, all of a sudden, the temperature started to cool down, the trade winds started to become a little bit enhanced, and the cloud patterns and other indicators like that headed away from El Nino,” the bureau’s manager of climate prediction services, Dr Andrew Watkins, said. “So this is what we’re looking at as climatologists, giving us the heads up about what may happen over the next few months, and indeed what we’re seeing now is a backing off from those El Nino thresholds.” Dr Watkins says they are not sure why there has been a cooling down…. “

I can tell them – It’s the Sun foolish ones!

NASA
The Sunspot Cycle (Updated 2012/10/02)

http://solarscience.msfc.nasa.gov/SunspotCycle.shtml

“The Maunder Minimum Early records of sunspots indicate that the Sun went through a period of inactivity in the late 17th century. Very few sunspots were seen on the Sun from about 1645 to 1715 (38 kb JPEG image). Although the observations were not as extensive as in later years, the Sun was in fact well observed during this time and this lack of sunspots is well documented. This period of solar inactivity also corresponds to a climatic period called the “Little Ice Age” when rivers that are normally ice-free froze and snow fields remained year-round at lower altitudes. There is evidence that the Sun has had similar periods of inactivity in the more distant past. The connection between solar activity and terrestrial climate is an area of on-going research.”

Sunspot numbers

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