NCAR Experts : Biggest Solar Maximum In 50 Years!

March 10, 2006: It’s official: Solar minimum has arrived. Sunspots have all but vanished. Solar flares are nonexistent. The sun is utterly quiet.

Like the quiet before a storm.

This week researchers announced that a storm is coming–the most intense solar maximum in fifty years. The prediction comes from a team led by Mausumi Dikpati of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). “The next sunspot cycle will be 30% to 50% stronger than the previous one,” she says. If correct, the years ahead could produce a burst of solar activity second only to the historic Solar Max of 1958.

Solar Storm Warning – NASA Science

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7 Responses to NCAR Experts : Biggest Solar Maximum In 50 Years!

  1. Dave N says:

    Perhaps they should stop making predictions public until they can be at least somewhere near the mark, otherwise they’re pretty much pointless; probably more importantly for climate “predictions”.

    • Lance says:

      I don’t know Dave, I think Steve nailed it 2 years ago when, NOAA? predicted that one hurricane to hit ever state up the east coast…so why not!!! 🙂

  2. gator69 says:

    Only a government employee can make a successful career out of being consistently wrong.

  3. Billy Liar says:

    This must alongside such historic predictions as ‘snow will be a thing of the past’ (© Dr David Viner (late of the Climatic Research Unit, University of East Anglia)) and the UK Met Office ‘barbecue summer’ of 2009.

  4. Were they 99% sure of the prediction? 😉

  5. Sparks says:

    NASA May 20, 2003
    Hathaway predicts cycle 24 to begin Dec 2006

    The original pdf has been deleted from the link below

    But The wayback Machine actually has the full pdf from 2003.

    Click to access Hathaway_etal2003.pdf

  6. Rosco says:

    I find it interesting that magnetic effects have no place in climate science.

    Perhaps I am mistaken but I thought rotating magnetic fields produced energy – nah – that can’t be right -every climate scientists knows blackbodies aren’t subject to magnetic effects.

    Power stations are impossible – the science is settled.

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