Tags: mini max, solar maximum, Sunspot
By this time we should be at Solar Maximum with the sun looking as if it has acne. Instead the suns complexio is only sullied by the occasional blemish.
At the same time the average 10.7 flux should be around 160-170 with peaks over 300. What is it today? the value reported on the “Layman’s Sunspot Count” is just 105.
Neutrons are well up compared to the last cycle, so the solar wind is weaker. In the Graph above negative figures relate to lower numbers of Neutrons, normally seen around solar max, you can see that 2002 to 2004 the average (on this scale) was about -7. Now 11 years on (when we’d expect a olar Maiximum in the number of sunspots the Neutron counter is at -1 over the last 12 months which equates to a much weaker Solar Wind
It seems we may have passed solar max, if so I think we may have some more interesting winters ahead in the UK