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Summer Ends?

August 31, 2007 - General Blog, Nature, Science

Well what a funny year its been eh! Don’t know about where your at but in my locality the weather has been decidedly unsummer-like. Granted where I am we also don’t have to endure tornadoes, extreme droughts and other directly life threatening weather systems but even so, its been an odd one.

I guess the people just north of us in Gloucesetershire wouldn’t agree with this as they have experiences some of the worst flooding the UK has seen in decades with people literally flushed from their homes and now being told they can’t return to them for 6-12 months. having said that its nothing in comparison to what has happened in places like India but its still extreme for the people that are experiencing it in their locality.

The thing that really concerns me is the next few years … 2008 sees the start of the next Solar Maximum leading up to that ubiquitous year 2012 where the Solar Maximum is due to hit its peak … why worry about that? Well more and more scientific studies are building stronger and stronger links between Sunspot cycles (part of the Solar lifecycle) and their Earthly effects. Judging from the last Solar Maximum and the last (extremely violent) Solar Minimum scientists are saying that we are about to witness the most powerful Solar Maximum ever recorded.

During the last Solar Minimum (the period with very few or no Sunspots) we saw the continued development of some of the most massive Sunspots ever seen. These also issued forth unprecedented solar flares so large that our satellite mounted measurement instruments were maxed out. The measure flares upto X20 in power and some scientists placed the unmeasurable flares at upwards of X50 … literally, off the scale.

Well, I guess there is no point in being too concerned, our little world has been through worse in its history i’m sure … maybe it will just end up in a nicer tan?

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