2490Re: Shy Elf
- Aug 11 7:28 PM--- In email@example.com, "Mike Doran"
> Shy Elf wrote #18 and 19:He's right about the solar wind-cosmic ray-cloud connection, but from
> "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."
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?
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