Lack of sunspots to bring record cold, warns NASA scientist

EXTRACT…..“The sun is entering one of the deepest Solar Minima of the Space Age,” wrote Dr Tony Phillips just six weeks ago, on 27 Sep 2018.

Sunspots have been absent for most of 2018 and Earth’s upper atmosphere is responding, says Phillips, editor of

Data from NASA’s TIMED satellite show that the thermosphere (the uppermost layer of air around our planet) is cooling and shrinking, literally decreasing the radius of the atmosphere.

To help track the latest developments, Martin Mlynczak of NASA’s Langley Research Center and his colleagues recently introduced the “Thermosphere Climate Index.”

The Thermosphere Climate Index (TCI) tells how much heat nitric oxide (NO) molecules are dumping into space. During Solar Maximum, TCI is high (meaning “Hot”); during Solar Minimum, it is low (meaning “Cold”).

“Right now, it is very low indeed … 10 times smaller than we see during more active phases of the solar cycle,” says Mlynczak”

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November 2018

5 comments on “Lack of sunspots to bring record cold, warns NASA scientist

  1. RECORD snow in MOSCOW.. FEB 2019

    “The newest area to suffer a record-breaking weather event is Moscow, the capital of Russia.
    According to France 24, seven centimetres (2.8 inches) of snow fell overnight, according to the national meteorological service, with drifts reaching up to 45 centimetres (18 inches).
    The Moscow meteorological service said the snowfall beat a record set in 1995 and amounted to almost a third of the average monthly figure, according to news agencies.
    City authorities said they sent out more than 60,000 people to shovel the snow.
    Some 10,000 snow ploughs and 2,000 trucks were dispatched, they added.”

  2. I thoroughly agree. While the global temps continue to climb on paper no one will look at cycles or solar or astronomicaL. Even if we have a big freeze AGW always takes centre stage.

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