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#1 Hum

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 00:28

The sun should roar back to life sometime in 2013, producing its second activity peak in the last two years, scientists say.

Our star has been surprisingly quiet since unleashing a flurry of flares and other eruptions toward the end of 2011. But this lull is likely the trough between two peaks that together constitute "solar maximum" for the sun's current 11-year activity cycle, researchers say.

"If you look back in history, many of the previous solar cycles don't have one hump, one maximum, but in fact have two," solar physicist C. Alex Young, of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., said today (March 22) during a NASA webcast called "Solar MAX Storm Warning: Effects on the Solar System."

"That's what we think is going to happen," Young added. "So we've reached one of those humps, and we think that eventually activity will pick back up and we'll see another hump — a double-humped solar maximum."

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 00:29

So we get a decent summer this year then ?

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 01:18

What if the Sun just stays quiet ... wonder what scientists will think then ...

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 02:42

^ That wouldn't surprise me a bit either. Mother Nature has her own agenda, and most of the time we have no clue as to what it is.

#5 COKid

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 02:52

Yes, this has been a quiet sunspot cycle. It's made using my HAM radio a bit more challenging. Thankfully, things are picking up again.

http://www.amateur-r...e=Sunspot_Cycle