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  1. #1 Link between sunspots, rain helps predict disease in east Af 
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    There has been a lot of information come out about El Nino affecting Aftican climate. This just adds to that.

    Link between sunspots, rain helps predict disease in east Africa

    Contact: Cheryl Dybas
    cdybas@nsf.gov
    703-292-7734
    National Science Foundation

    The research, conducted by paleoclimatologist Curt Stager of Paul Smith's College in Paul Smiths, N.Y. and colleagues, can be used by public health officials to increase measures against insect-borne diseases long before epidemics begin. The results are published online in the August 7 issue of the Journal of Geophysical Research.

    The scientists showed that unusually heavy rainfalls in East Africa over the past century preceded peak sunspot activity by about one year.

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    The researchers, who represent five institutions from the United States and Great Britain, offered several reasons why sunspot peaks may affect rainfall. The increased solar energy associated with sunspots, they suggest, heats both land and sea, forcing moist air to rise and triggering precipitation. It may also induce El NiƱo events, which increase rainfall in East Africa.
    http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releas...-lbs080707.php


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