"Article Update, Sep 1 2008. After this story was published, the NOAA reversed their previous decision on a tiny speck seen Aug 21, which gives their version of the August data a half-point. Other observation centers such as Mount Wilson Observatory are still reporting a spotless month. So depending on which center you believe, August was a record for either a full century, or only 50 years."Well of course they 'doctored' their numbers! They've been doing it with the Hurricane count since the 70's, why wouldn't they do it with the sunspots too.
Just wait, they will blame the lack of sunspots next for their poor prediction record these last few years.
But not to fear, you tree huggers out there, they are now saying that the lack of sunspots will mean a slow down in Ozone production so you can now resume your Chicken Little panic attacks.
One thing I do not agree on with the story though:
" ... For a society dependent on agriculture, cold is more damaging than heat.Actually we are far better technically to deal with frost/cold weather than we are drought. They already have seed that will 'over winter' and sprout as soon as the weather conditions are correct, they get planted in the fall and sprout in the spring .... we have green houses and crop covers which will lengthen the growing season .... we have artificial sunlight so we can begin to grow crops beneath the ground in caves produced from oreing/mining operations ....
The growing season shortens, yields drop, and the occurrence of crop-destroying frosts increases."
However, it is very hard to cool down 50 acres ... water is very expensive to make from scratch ... heat kills the nutrients in the soil which will prevent crops from growing to their true potential.
No I think we would do much better as a society in a cold snap than we would in a heat wave -- but then we are so spoiled by climate controlled environments that the crops will fair better than the people will, no matter how the pendulum swings