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Re: Weather or not
Sunspot activity is currently quite low (at a minimum
of the normal ~11 year cycle), and has been exceptionally
low during the entire
current 'solar cycle' since about 2008, and earlier. This typically leads to average cooler than normal weather.
SWS - Solar Conditions - Monthly Sunspot Numbers
... see chart.
There are plenty of indications that the next 100 years are going to be a Dalton or even a Maunder minimum. Temperatures in Maine are going to turn back into the 1950's, when people talked about the cold winters. Right now both the Atlantic and pacific duo-oscillations have turned cold together, which is very unusual. The warmth of the El Nino that covered the broader trends is going to look wonderful soon.
I'm not sure what this means for sailing in the Down East and the Maritimes.
Last edited by Zarathu; 07-14-2016 at 01:08 PM.