Scientists predict the next solar activity cycle will be 30 to 50 percent stronger than the previous one and up to a year late. Accurately predicting the sun’s cycles will help plan for the effects of solar storms. The storms can disrupt satellite orbits and electronics; interfere with radio communication; damage power systems; and can be hazardous to unprotected astronauts.
The breakthrough “solar climate” forecast by Mausumi Dikpati and colleagues at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo. was made with a combination of computer simulation and groundbreaking observations of the solar interior from space using NASA’s Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO). NASA’s Living With a Star program and the National Science Foundation funded the research.
The sun goes through a roughly 11-year cycle of activity, from stormy to quiet and back again. Solar storms begin with tangled magnetic fields generated by the sun’s churning electrically charged gas (plasma). Like a rubber band twisted too far, solar magnetic fields can suddenly snap to a new shape, releasing tremendous energy as a flare or a coronal mass ejection (CME). This violent solar activity often occurs near sunspots, dark regions on the sun caused by concentrated magnetic fields.
Now, if my theory holds true, I would strongly suggest those that have not moved back to New Orleans, don’t.
4/20/17 Editor’s Update: We now have retrospect. The “next” Solar Cycle has now come and gone. Rather than being 30 to 50 percent stronger, as predicted by NASA, it was 30 to 50 percent weaker. The stronger double band to me is pointless OTHER than the fact the first peak of the cycle was so profoundly weak possibly the second band being stronger might indicate that the cycle might be returning to normal. The one year delay did occur as predicted and 2007 was a remarkably uneventful year.
The big picture from all of this? The less activity, the warmer it feels on Earth. 2007 was a brutally hot year. When it peaked, we had the biggest snowfalls in a decade. SOME will say this all coincidence. I don’t believe that. MY prediction is that if the solar cycle returns to its normal levels, the Earth will magically cool and scientists will be dumbfounded trying to explain while global climate change isn’t going as planned.