With just a day or so to go before the next Piers Corbyn R4 Red Warning period (see chart below for 1st-3rd January 2013 and YouTube of SolarFlare from 29th December) there would seem to be an indication of solar activity taking place.
The above display from TropicalStormRisk.com shows that Cyclone "Freda" has now become Cat3 in the past day, and from what we have seen during the past year, this is a very good indication that as we enter a high level R4/R5 period we can expect to see storm enhancements and a higher then average risk for Earthquake and volcano activity....more to follow.
BTW, from 1st January I will use a new "tag" so you can keep track of these storm events during 2013, it will be called "Tropical Storm Power Up 2013", and at the end of the year you will be able to list how many of these storms are associated with solar activity. From the results I have seen so far from 2012, I don't think there was ANY events above Cat1 (Cat2+) without an associated solar flare, lets see if we can repeat this again next year, and well done to Piers Corbyn and Ulric for their work in showing the timing of these events
Next R4 event 1st to 3rd January 2013
Eruptive Prominence (12/29/2012) posted by ve3en1SolarHam.net
A powerful cyclone south of the Rennell Islands in the Solomon Islands is expected to reach New Caledonia on Wednesday.
New Caledonia is being warned to prepare for the arrival of a powerful cyclone on Wednesday.
Tropical Cyclone Freda is currently south of the Rennell Islands in the Solomon Islands.
The category four system is weakening as it heads south, south east at about 13 kilometres per hour.
On Saturday Freda moved across the southern Solomons, bringing heavy rains and winds up to 130 kilometres an hour.
Witnesses say the cyclone tore roofs off houses and flattened trees.
The director of the National Disaster Management Office, Loti Yates, says thousands of people from riverside villages moved to higher ground.
There were no reports of injury.
Shalwin Singh from the Fiji Tropical Cyclone Centre says Freda will still make its presence felt in New Caledonia despite continuing to weaken on approach.
"It is expected to drift southwards in the coming few days. By the time it approaches New Caledonia it is expected to weaken to a category two cyclone, so most probably they will start experiencing gale force winds by the 2nd of January."