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Now well over 30 days without a cycle 24 sunspot February 23, 2009

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Now well over 30 days without a cycle 24 sunspot

From Watts Up With That, February 21, 2009

The last time we saw would could have been a cycle 24 sunspot, was on January 20th, 2009, but it was an oddball, and not clearly part of cycle 23 or 24. Spaceweather.com wrote that day:

A new sunspot [1011] is emerging inside the circle region–and it is a strange one. The low latitude of the spot suggests it is a member of old Solar Cycle 23, yet the magnetic polarity of the spot is ambiguous, identifying it with neither old Solar Cycle 23 nor new Solar Cycle 24. Stay tuned for updates as the sunspot grows.

The last time we had a true cycle 24 spot was on January 10th thru the 13th, with sunspot 1010, which had both the correct polarity and a high latitude characteristic of a cycle 24 spot. But since then no other cycle 24 spots have emerged.

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It has been slow going for cycle 24.

We did have a single cycle 23 spot in February as you can see from the SWPC sunspots data, but it has been dead quiet on all other solar activity indices:

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2009/02/21/now-well-over-30-days-without-a-cycle-24-sunspot

Comments»

1. CONCERNED - March 4, 2009

PERHAPS SOME OF THOSE NASA “GENIUSES” STARTING WITH HAWATHAY WOULD HELP “STIMULATE” THE USA ECONOMY IF THEY WERE SENT OUT TO PASTURE


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