This is cross posted from the Next Grand Minimum. A quiet sun has historically resulted in cooler temperatures on the Planet. Un fortunately cooler temperatures have also brought long term droughts to the Southwest US. The global warming pause maybe mu,ch longer then the current 17 years.
Details at theSI Weather, which I have selected a segment which may be interest blog readers.
First, the weak solar cycle has resulted in rather benign “space weather” in recent times with generally weaker-than-normal geomagnetic storms. By all Earth-based measures of geomagnetic and geoeffective solar activity, this cycle has been extremely quiet. However, there is some evidence that most large events such as strong solar flares and significant geomagnetic storms tend to occur in the declining phase of the solar cycle. In other words, there is still a chance for significant solar activity in the months and years ahead.
Second, it is pretty well understood that solar activity has a direct impact on temperatures at very high altitudes in a part of the Earth’s atmosphere called the thermosphere. This is the biggest layer of the Earth’s atmosphere which lies directly above the mesosphere…
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