This link to space weather and the New Horizons spacecraft may be interesting. The coronal mass ejections account for a lot of the fluctuations – where large volumes of the Sun’s surface is blasted into space. Earth’s magnetic field protects us from most of it, but yes, it impacts the weather on Earth. If President Obama is to be believed, the US Military is working hard to fix the Sun so that its surface burns at a constant temperature for the benefit of the people of America.
If the Sun’s radiation heats up the planet ten degrees, we are in crisis. If it cools ten degrees, we are headed for an ice age. Yes, it’s just about that sort of balance. You can chalk it up to divine providence or to chance, but Barack and his minions are not able to do much about it.
The Pope has weighed in on the war on the weather as well. Aren’t there bigger problems for him to address, like the lepers in Calcutta and ISIL? Apparently not. The weather and the Sun’s output maybe a better task for a Pontiff? Up to him.
To make things even more complicated, the Sun is not stationary. As it moves, we move, and we move very quickly through space. Sometimes we enter areas of dust. It can change the amount of light and radiant energy that strikes the Earth and with it, the climate.
Some believe that space weather influences people in the Middle East to travel to the United States and murder innocent people, going about their lives. (see right) I think that the theory is without foundation, but our elected executive feels that he will be vindicated given enough time and enough American blood.
I believe in doing what we can to make the planet clean including air and water and to keep it free from undue pollution. Most outdoorsmen, hunters and fishermen agree with that sentiment. I think that as with all things, a degree of circumspection is called for. At present, the “war on the weather” is always accompanied by our leaders reminding us that we will have to pay a hefty weather tax to save the planet.