The Royal Observatory in Belgium is now admitting that this current solar minimum could be longer and deeper than they previously thought.
Many more months of a spotless sun are yet upon us
This was one of the coldest winters on record here in Southern California. Our pineapples and avocado trees have died.
Have you seen the recent analysis done by the Royal Observatory in Belgium for April 3, 2019? http://www.sidc.be/silso/spotless
Belgium is now admitting that this current solar minimum could be longer and deeper than they previously thought. Spaceweather.com has been saying this for a long time now.
We are having more volcanic activity, an increased wobble of the earth, a continual polar shift, almost continual solar winds. and solar prominences which could lead to hyder flares.
We are not seeing increasing numbers of sunspots with the reversed magnetic polarity of the upcoming solar cycle 25. This means that many more months of a spotless sun are yet upon us.
My dad who was an astrophysicist told me that our sun is unstable and to expect the unusual.
Here are excerpts from the SILSO page that Elizabeth refers to:
“Since mid-2016, the Sun has occasionally been devoid of sunspots. These spotless disks will gradually become a familiar feature as the solar cycle is heading for its next minimum, currently expected by the end of this decade.
“…during the previous minimum (around 2008), no less than 817 spotless days were recorded, whereas the minimum period leading into solar cycle 23 (around 1996) counted only 309 such blemishless days.
“As the current solar cycle 24 will gradually give way to the new solar cycle 25, several consecutive days and even weeks without sunspots will become the norm.
“The previous minimum surprised scientists and solar observers by being the deepest in nearly 90 years.
“In order to have an idea on the number of spotless days, and how these numbers compare to past solar cycles, the SILSO folks have created a “Spotless Days page”.