Have followed (casually) the 11 year cycle on snow min/max years for over 30 years on the mountain in Vermont. There seems to be truth to it. Not exact, to the year/minute but is certainly there.
Just read some stuff on sun spot activity last night. 2011 expected to be the current max or min of sun spot activity. I forget which.
In any event, it effects the weather.
So do the ocean currents in the Pacific, El Nino, La Nina - don't speak Spanish !!
Both effect the Jet stream and push weather patterns around.
Jame's post today, 5 in Arkansas and 28 in Alaska really caught my eye.
I just wish Coral would stop chasing the "weather guys" away. I would like to learn more on the weather, some posted some very good sites going way back to "HelloMichael" along with some intelligent discussion.
You don't have to "trade the weather" if you don't want to but all are entitled to express their thoughts.