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, "Mike Doran"
> Shy Elf wrote #18 and 19:
> "I'm sorry, but this post seems mostly incoherrent to me, and the
> link to growing crystals in DMSO solutions hardly seems relevant, but
> you do raise some interesting points. The solar wind, since it is
> charged, compresses the Earth's magnetic field and also interacts
> directly with cosmic rays, and greatly lowers the amount which reach
> the Earth. When it is low, there will be more cosmic rays stopping in
> the statosphere, where they form the nuclei of water droplets. This
> results in more heat-trapping stratospheric clouds, and more
> hurricanes. This effect has probably become much smaller in modern
> times, since our stratosphere is now so dirty with jet exhaust."
He's right about the solar wind-cosmic ray-cloud connection, but from
what I've read, he may have the thermal concequences backwards. The
increased formation of mid and low level clouds makes for a better
mirror, and the net effect is one of cooling...not warming. The
timing of the Maunder Minimum and the Little Ice Age is too close to
be a coincidence, but what was the mechanism? Was it lower overall
solar energy output, more clouds, or both?