Thursday, May 13, 2010

More Snow in Colorado

We woke up to about 5 inches of snow today, but most of it melted by the afternoon with temperatures reaching about 40 degrees.  Tonight we should get about 4-6 more inches.  The temperature at 11pm is 34 F.

The heavy wet snow has covered flowers and broken tree branches. In the mountains and the foothills, snow depths of more than a foot have been seen.
While snow this late in the season here is not unheard of, it has not occurred in recent years.  When I was a kid, I think we even had a few flurries in June.

The sun remains blank.  There were quite a few small sunspots earlier this year, but it is still a very slow start to Solar Cycle 24.  The ramp up began almost two years late, and has been pitifully slow.  While the cause and effect relationship between the activity of the sun and the weather is still debated, it is a fact that the Maunder Minimum of 1645 to 1715 coincided with the Little Ice Age.

The Sun is Blank
(The small dot near the center is a flaw in the imager)

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