I have been following sunspots recently, or I should say the lack of them. Solar cycle 24 was supposed to have begun in January of 2008 and just hasn't shown up yet. Sunspots generally keep our climate warm, at least at the temperatures we are accustomed to. This year we have not had many -any- sun spots. I think we may be in for a cold winter. Here is a link to a great site for daily observations.