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HELSINKI (AFP) – The Northern Lights have petered out during the second half of this decade, becoming rarer than at any other time in more than a century, the Finnish Meteorological Institute said Tuesday.

The Northern Lights, or aurora borealis, generally follow an 11-year "solar cycle", in which the frequency of the phenomena rises to a maximum and then tapers off into a minimum and then repeats the cycle.

"The solar minimum was officially in 2008, but this minimum has been going on and on and on," researcher Noora Partamies told AFP.

"Only in the past half a year have we seen more activity, but we don't really know whether we're coming out of this minimum," she added.

[Oceans of fire? A 'dance' of dead spirits? Myths and facts about the polar auroras' curtains of light]

The Northern Lights, a blaze of coloured patterns in the northern skies, are triggered by solar winds crashing into the earth and being drawn to the magnetic poles, wreaking havoc on electrons in the parts of the atmosphere known as the ionosphere and magnetosphere.


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So a dimming of the Northern Lights is a signal that activity on the sun which causes solar winds, such as solar flares and sun sports, is also quieting down.

For researchers like Partamies, it is the first time they can observe through a network of modern observation stations what happens to this solar cycle when it becomes as badly disrupted as it is now.

"We're waiting to see what happens, is the next maximum going to be on time, is it going to be late, is it going to be huge?" Partamies said.

During the cycle's peak in 2003, the station on Norway's Svalbard island near the North Pole, showed that the Northern Lights were visible almost every single night of the auroral season, which excludes the nightless summer months.

That figure has fallen to less than 50y percent, while the southernmost station, situated in southern Finland, has been registering only two to five instances annually for the past few years.
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So much for the republicans using solar flares cycles as an excuse for global warming.:D
 

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republicans don't use the northern lights as an indication of global warming, scientists do.

Now, since you know that CO2 has been blamed for global warming, can you explain how?

Do you know the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere?

If you did, you would know the argument is ridiculous.

Nice try though. You and Gore...:laughing:
 

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republicans don't use the northern lights as an indication of global warming, scientists do.
Because everyone knows Republicans are smarter the Scientists :rolleyes:
 

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I just read an artical that showed it was Obamas fault.
 

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republicans don't use the northern lights as an indication of global warming, scientists do.

Now, since you know that CO2 has been blamed for global warming, can you explain how?

Do you know the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere?

If you did, you would know the argument is ridiculous.
Linky please...

we havent had a global warming thread in about two months...

I think we are way overdue...:laughing:
 

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I'm thinking of a different Northern Lights.:laughing:







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So much for the republicans using solar flares cycles as an excuse for global warming.:D

:huh: How does a low solar cycle disprove anything? all i know is earth hasn't warmed over the last 12 years - i don't think that's disputed.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/personal-view/3624242/There-IS-a-problem-with-global-warming...-it-stopped-in-1998.html

[EDIT] Here's another one:
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/opinion/climate-facts-to-warm-to/story-e6frg7ko-1111115855185
 

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Linky please...

we havent had a global warming thread in about two months...

I think we are way overdue...:laughing:
:laughing: Ok.
The first point. The concentration of CO2 is .0387%. Almost inconsequential. 387 parts per million! How is that amount going to hold heat?
Check this link from wiki green.
CO2
Go down about 2/3rds and check out the factoid that 100 million years ago there was 20 times the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere as there is today.

I like this one. It's only 1 in a series of nine.
 

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So I have to surmise that since the Polar bear population is expanding that it is more than likely there is a related increase in global atmospheric Polar bear flatulence gas percentages? Considering the geographic dispersion of Polar bears to the areas now reporting minimal Northern Light activity, I can see a cause and relationship pattern. Amazingly Polar bear farts have actually even caused a reduction in sun spot activity. I literally have seen the light!! Now I get it!! Move over Al !!!
 

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You mean the "scientist" who presented the "hockey stick" in Gore's fictional movie?

And the same guys who brought us "hide the decline"?

:laughing: Your too easy.
No, I mean anything you don’t believe in has to be wrong, even though your scientific knowledge is substituted with faith. :laughing:
 

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No, I mean anything you don’t believe in has to be wrong, even though your scientific knowledge is substituted with faith. :laughing:
At least my has something, besides a bogus hockey stick chart and conspirators who use it to obtain funding, then "hide the decline" when their data proves otherwise. :thumbsup:

Now, go back to your comic-book existence, and open up a dictionary today. :cheers:
 

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At least my has something, besides a bogus hockey stick chart and conspirators who use it to obtain funding, then "hide the decline" when their data proves otherwise. :thumbsup:

Now, go back to your comic-book existence, and open up a dictionary today. :cheers:
Don’t believe your lying eyes … just believe the GOP; those qualities makes for a loyal Republican. :laughing:

No smarter than a rock, but they are loyal. :thumbsup:
 

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Don’t believe your lying eyes … just believe the GOP; those qualities makes for a loyal Republican. :laughing:

No smarter than a rock, but they are loyal. :thumbsup:
:laughing: Sorry, not a Republican, never have been. :thumbsup:

But when a nazicrat talks about global warming, or climate change, I see dollar signs, coming out of my pocket. Yes, the climate is changing, no, there is no indication man has anything to do with it. Yes the scientist have been discredited.

Sorry, but you algorians don't make a convincing case. :thumbsup:
 

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:laughing: Sorry, not a Republican, never have been. :thumbsup:

But when a nazicrat talks about global warming, or climate change, I see dollar signs, coming out of my pocket. Yes, the climate is changing, no, there is no indication man has anything to do with it. Yes the scientist have been discredited.

Sorry, but you algorians don't make a convincing case. :thumbsup:
Dude … you’re all over the place … on this subject.

This is Science … there are no absolutes until it is verified Fact!

The Scientific Community agrees on the Fact that OUR Plant is changing for the worse. I don’t need an expert to show me that polluting the air, land and water play’s a contributing factor to Global Change. You can pollute your own back yard and get all the facts you need.

I’ve never been on the surface of the Sun, but I’m Freaking Sure it’s HOT! :laughing:
 

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Dude … you’re all over the place … on this subject.

This is Science … there are no absolutes until it is verified Fact!

The Scientific Community agrees on the Fact that OUR Plant is changing for the worse.
When did this become verified fact ? There would not be controversy if the scientific community agreed.
 

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The Scientific Community agrees on the Fact that OUR Plant is changing for the worse.
No -it does not. Which community ? What of the growing number that have publicly come out against Global warming ? Are they all republicans ?
 
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