Allow me to say with trepidation that as a newcomer I am not comfortable starting a diary so soon, and will not make this a habit for various reasons (Time is a big one!).
But since I could not find a logical topic right now for this, here it is.
Sunspot activity, which goes in 11-year cycles, has been completely dormant for weeks recently. For the non-scientists sunspots are dark, cooler areas of electromagnetic radiation on the sun’s surface. Low-level activity has been associated with global cooling and ice ages.
An excerpt from the above:
In 2005, Russian astronomer Khabibullo Abdusamatov predicted the sun would soon peak, triggering a rapid decline in world temperatures. Only last month, the view was echoed by Dr. Oleg Sorokhtin, a fellow of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences. who advised the world to “stock up on fur coats.” Sorokhtin, who calls man’s contribution to climate change “a drop in the bucket,” predicts the solar minimum to occur by the year 2040, with icy weather lasting till 2100 or beyond.
I found this from a Russian site with more comments by Abdusamatov(in English):
Also see a real-time image:http://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/sunspots/
We expect the true believers to say it is much too early to stop the panic about global warming because much more information is needed about this! This is precisely the same argument with which they should be fish-whapped in the chops, whenever they continue to Gore us with warming agitprop.