Weather Analysis: The Science of Sun Spots

Author: Kristy

FEBRUARY 26, 2014

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 Report by Mike Hoffman, AgDay meteorologist

It has been a winter to remember. For many of us, this is reminiscent of the winters during the 1960s, 70s and early 80s. There have been long periods of cold, huge piles of snow and strong winds to pile it up. Of course, this is just one winter; it doesn’t mean the climate is shifting. The biggest factor of our climate is the sun. No sun, no life as we know it. Too much sun means no life either.

“We do live on a wonderful planet with perfect temperatures,” says Peter Garnavich, University of Notre Dama astrophysicist. “We don’t know what knobs change things on our planet. It may well be that the long-term changes on the sun have a huge effect on our climate.”

With current technology we’ve been able to measure the power output of the sun for only the past few decades. But there is one thing that astronomers have measured for hundreds of years. READ MORE

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