Tuesday, November 6th 2012, 4:47 PM EST
Looks like I'm not the only one who seems to think SC24 has already peaked.......
SO THIS IS SOLAR MAXIMUM? - SpaceWeather.com Forecasters have long expected the Solar Max of 2013 to be the weakest of the Space Age. It might be even weaker than they thought. As shown in this 20-year plot of sunspot counts vs. time, the sun is underperforming [above]
Sunspot numbers are notoriously variable, so the actual counts could rapidly rise to meet or exceed the predicted curve. For now, however, the face of the sun is devoid of large sunspots, and there have been no strong flares in more than a week. The threshold of Solar Max looks a lot like Solar Min.
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