Another new solar sunspot record peak of 73.2 was set for Cycle 24 last month. It smashed the old 68.9 record peak set the previous month.
In a big surprise, it’s over six spots higher than the first sunspot peak set in early 2012 and will probably go up. A secondary peak that much above the first is almost unheard of.
The new sunspot peak is unusual for two conflicting reasons:
- The secondary peak is higher than the first
- Current physics suggests the solar cycle should be weakening
Conflicting signals coming from the sun muddles how it might affect earth’s future climate. A more active sun will have a warming effect. A less active sun, predicted by most solar physicists, will have a cooling effect.
The sun hasn’t decided what it wants to do yet.
The Royal Observatory of Belgium’s Solar Information Data Center (SIDC)…
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