Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The big-minimum solar discussion in one graph

Depending on your level of obsession with climate change, you may or may not know that there is some new solar modeling that suggests we could be entering an usually quiet period for solar activity (what deniers regard as the ignorant and corrupt practice of using mathematical models to predict the climate has received a papal dispensation for this one occasion(*)).

What you need to know: could happen. Some solar physicists say "probably" and some say "probably not." If it were to come to pass, this graph shows the projected effect:

Skeptical Science has more.

* As well as any other occasion in which a model says something they want to hear.