Saturday, December 14, 2013

The weak solar cycle and its consequences

Via The Watchers, 12 December 2013

At this year's Fall Meeting of American Geophysical Union, held in San Francisco (December 9 - 13), several scientists made a presentation on weak Solar Cycle 24 and its consequences.

They agree that the current solar cycle is on track to be the weakest in 100 years and are saying this is providing an unprecedented opportunity for studying the Sun. While the weakening trend is not new for the Sun, it is new and interesting for scientists who observe and measure it today.

In this panel, scientists examined the current solar cycle in relation to past cycles and discuss the consequences of the weak solar cycle on the various layers regions between the Sun and Earth, including implications for space weather, atmosphere and climate.

Video courtesy: AGU 2013. December 11, 2013

  • Current solar maximum conditions are substantially weaker than prior maximum in 2002 
  • In 2002 CO2 and NO emitted 2 Trillion more kWh of infrared energy than in 2013

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