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Solar flares may pack a bigger punch.
Scientists suggests solar cycle will be 30-50 percent more intense

Quote:LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- A new computer model suggests the next solar cycle will be more active than the previous one, potentially spawning magnetic storms that will be more disruptive to communication systems on Earth.

The next sunspot cycle will be between 30 percent to 50 percent more intense than the last one, scientists said Monday.

The cycle will also begin a year later than expected, in late 2007 or early 2008, and peak around 2012, said Mausumi Dikpati of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado.

2012 is the last date on the Mayan calendar....

(no, I'm not too serious, but expect C2C to milk this...)


Append. FR has a thread on this already,
The only problems with solar flares in the past that I can remember is that it did cause problems with communications. It became just a general excuse when problems were encountered: "It's just a solar flare."

Maybe the Mayans couldn't count beyond 2012? ......... or maybe the calendar-guy interrupted before he could finish. :lol: