For John, BLUF: I will be impressed if I am still wearing long handles in June of next year. Nothing to see here; just move along.
Here is the sub-headline:
“It could happen in a matter of months,” says Martin Mlynczak of NASA’s Langley Research Center.
From Ice Age Now, by Robert, 12 November 2018 by Robert.
Here is the lede plus four:
“The sun is entering one of the deepest Solar Minima of the Space Age,” wrote Dr Tony Phillips just six weeks ago, on 27 Sep 2018.How low?
Sunspots have been absent for most of 2018 and Earth’s upper atmosphere is responding, says Phillips, editor of spaceweather.com.
Data from NASA’s TIMED satellite show that the thermosphere (the uppermost layer of air around our planet) is cooling and shrinking, literally decreasing the radius of the atmosphere.
To help track the latest developments, Martin Mlynczak of NASA’s Langley Research Center and his colleagues recently introduced the “Thermosphere Climate Index.”
The Thermosphere Climate Index (TCI) tells how much heat nitric oxide (NO) molecules are dumping into space. During Solar Maximum, TCI is high (meaning “Hot”); during Solar Minimum, it is low (meaning “Cold”).
Ten times smaller. I assume that is like one-tenth.
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.
Regards — Cliff