New Solar Minimum: British Meteorological Office Briefly Bows to Reality
January 31, 2012 • 9:18AM

Tellingly, one important aspect of the LPAC website's galactic "Weather Reports" delivered weekly by Peter Martinson was acknowledged today by the global-warmist British Meteorological Office and the Greenie East Anglia University climate mafia, confirming that global average temperature increase stopped 15 years ago due to unusual solar cycles. The report received widespread news coverage, if only in British and Commonwealth media. It grudgingly forecasts a possible new "grand solar minimum" in the 21st Century, but, Green with fury, insists the Earth will get much warmer anyway!

The Met Office/East Anglia report presents graphically that the planet's "average temperature," at least as claimed from a network of 30,000 monitoring stations in supposedly representative locations, has dropped slowly but steadily, by about 0.15 degrees C, since 1997. The reason they cite is the absence of expected sunspot activity and weak solar magnetic fields in the currently concluding Solar Cycle 24, even as it now enters its maximum. Martinson had explained this in detail in collaboration with LPAC scientific contacts.

As the report is characterized in Britain's Daily Mail, "Analysis by experts at NASA and the University of Arizona — derived from magnetic-field measurements 120,000 miles beneath the Sun's surface — suggest that Cycle 25, whose peak is due in 2022, will be a great deal weaker still.

"According to a paper issued last week by the Met Office, there is a 92% chance that both Cycle 25 and those taking place in the following decades will be as weak as, or weaker than, the Dalton minimum of 1790 to 1830. In this period, named after the meteorologist John Dalton, average temperatures in parts of Europe fell by 2C.

"However, it is also possible that the new solar energy slump could be as deep as the Maunder minimum (after astronomer Edward Maunder), between 1645 and 1715 in the coldest part of the Little Ice Age when, as well as the Thames frost fairs, the canals of Holland froze solid."

Gagging on its own findings, the Met Office sought to discount them while issuing them, citing the very computer models discredited by them. "Peter Stott, one of the authors, said: 'Our findings suggest a reduction of solar activity to levels not seen in hundreds of years, would be insufficient to offset the dominant influence of greenhouse gases.'"

But this is "fiercely disputed by other solar experts. 'World temperatures may end up a lot cooler than now for 50 years or more,' said Henrik Svensmark, director of the Center for Sun-Climate Research at Denmark's National Space Institute. 'It will take a long battle to convince some climate scientists that the Sun is important. It may well be that the Sun is going to demonstrate this on its own, without the need for their help,' Svensmark said."