NASA struggling to play catchup with stunning facts of a very quiet sun, which is of course bad news for the IPCCMarch 24th, 2009 by Warwick Hughes
NASA’s Spaceweather.com has a small article on March 22 200 [thanks to Bob Foster for the heads-up]
DEEP SOLAR MINIMUM: Where have all the sunspots gone? As of yesterday, March 21st, the sun has been blank on 85% of the days of 2009. If this rate of spotlessness continues through the end of the year, 2009 will match 1913 as the blankest year of the past century. A flurry of new-cycle sunspots in Oct. 2008 prompted some observers to declare that solar minimum was ending, but since then the calm has returned. We are still in the pits of a deep solar minimum.
Also, Spotless Sun: Blankest Year of the Space Age 09.30.2008
Solar Cycle Prediction By Dr David Hathaway (Updated 2009/03/04) Still talks about the minimum being in August 2008 ?? Although the text file seems to indicate November 2008.
Well informed statistical view of Timo Niroma
Dr Janssens solar expert from Belgium
My solar pages, first comment on divergent predictions for cycle 23/24 was December 2006