My wife was reading some dire warnings about Solar Cycle 25 to me the other day. There was doom, gloom and famine of biblical proportions on the horizon. By 2025 there was gonna be worldwide droughts because the suns activity was gonna spike then...yadda yadda yadda
Apparently, this is one of those internet yarns that is based in truth, but tweaked for dramatization. Those are always fun to pick apart.
This tale is no different. Yes, the sun has just left a cycle. 2019 - 2020 was a period of little activity and by 2025 activity should peak, but what does that peak actually mean to us?
The sun has entered it's normal 11 year activity cycle. NASA scientists predict solar cycle 25 will be much the same as solar cycle 24 based on current information and data models. Solar cycle 24, and hopefully 25, was a below average solar peak activity cycle.
There is always a danger of Solar Mass Ejections called flares. Recently one was measured at half the distance to earth. Scary stuff, but in actuality no one outside the scientific community even realized it. Ham radio operators were affected and I bet that was one hell of a light show at the north pole.
In the link the 1600's were mentioned as being a bad era for solar activity. I'm not sure what they meant by that in the article but I'll have fun researching that topic.
What I find most interesting about the present low level of solar activity, combined with the ever-declining strength of Earth's magnetosphere, is that this situation permits a larger percentage of cosmic rays to enter the atmosphere. It is well established that the level of cosmic rays and cloud formation are directly related to each other and so we should be seeing the skies become cloudier. That increasing cloud density increases Earth's abedo, or reflectivity, and will make the planet cooler.
Listened to this because I got into Chan Thomas and his CIA classified fictional book called "The Adam and Eve Story". Yes, the CIA classified a fictional book which goes into crustal displacement. He also reads that book on his podcast.
Not sure I believe any of it, but it's plausible.
Make sure your tinfoil hat is nearby.....
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