For as long as I have been a meteorologist, the mere suggestion that solar activity could influence climate patterns has been greeted with near derision.
Quite why this has been the case is difficult to fathom. But it's been clear for a long time that there must be a link of some kind, ever since decades ago Professor Lamb discovered an empirical relationship between low solar activity and higher pressure across higher latitudes such as Greenland.
Perhaps the art of weather forecasting has become so dominated by supercomputers, and climate research so dominated by the impact of man on global climate, that thoughts of how natural processes, such as solar variation, could influence our climate have been largely overlooked, until very recently.
We have come full circle -- that what I was taught about climate at the University of Oklahoma in the early 1970's is now thought of as a new revelation. Here are some of the headlines out of the British Meteorological Office (until now, strong global warming advocates) this past week:
So, what have the people of Great Britain* learned this week?
- The sun's output affects the climate
- That if solar output drops too much, the earth could have another Little Ice Age.
Reader's of this blog have known about the solar = climate link since almost its beginning two years ago and I, most recently, posted a three-part series on this very topic.
It is important to note that significant cooling of the earth is far more serious than warming. If growing seasons shorten, given earth's record population, mass famine may result.
|Click to enlarge. Slide from my global warming presentation.|
*The U.S. media has largely ignored this important story.
Hat tips to: Bishop Hill and Anthony Watts