Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Stock up on warm clothes!

In case you didn't notice August was the first month since 1913 without a single sunspot. In general sunspot activity has been significantly low this year. Some scientist types have been talking about the low sunspot activity for a while, but they've been pretty muted about it because real scientists wait for the data rather than promote paranoid fears (like a certain ex Vice-President I could name if this weren't a strictly non-political post).

The link to the article that I've pasted below will give you a hint about why you may need warm clothes soon. If you want to be really terrified about climate change google Maunder Minimum and read all about it. Or, if the Little Ice Age of the Middle Ages is too long timey ago for you young whippersnappers google, "year without a summer." That happened a few years before Grandpop L and Grandpop A were born.

http://www.dailytech.com/Sun+Makes+History+First+Spotless+Month+in+a+Century/article12823.htm

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I have to admit that this past August was probably one of the most comfortable ones I've experienced in many years. So, it may very well be that sunspots affect temperature.

As far as the weather goes, the Farmers Almanac predicted a very cold winter for the Northeast. Fortunately, the price of oil has continued to drop, but it will be tricky to know the best time to buy that first tank of the season.

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Sully said...

Anon,
It has been unseasonably cool here in eastern PA this August as well.

Today is, I think, the first 90 degree day here since late July. Very unusual.

Also, you raise an interesting point, there are going to be a lot of screams of pain when folks have to fill their 250 and 500 gallon oil tanks this winter. The net effect on their wallets will be greater than the increase in gasoline prices for a lot of people.

Mckenna said...

I have wonderful collection of warm clothes!! Some of them I got from Haband...

Sully said...

McKenna,
Are you a human person or a HAband marketing bot.