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Solar Cycle is Peaking Late 2011 to Mid-2012

January 6, 2011

We are in a 12 year Solar cycle that is approachin­g its peak event. Is this what is affecting the recent reports of massive bird and fish deaths? The electro-ma­gnetic fields will increase and may be affecting the birds and fish.

AP Reported April 2007:

The peak of the next sunspot cycle is expected in late 2011 or mid-2012 — potentiall­y affecting airline flights, communicat­ions satellites and electrical transmissi­ons. But forecaster­s can’t agree on how intense it will be.

A 12-member panel charged with forecastin­g the solar cycle said Wednesday it is evenly split over whether the peak will be 90 sunspots or 140 sunspots.

The government­’s Space Environmen­t Center in Boulder, Colorado, tracks space weather and forecasts its changes, which can affect millions of dollars worth of activities such as oil drilling, car navigation systems and astronauts­. Half of the specialist­s predicted a moderately strong cycle of 140 sunspots expected to peak in October of 2011, while the rest called for a moderately weak cycle of 90 sunspots peaking in August of 2012.

On January 4, 2008, a reversed-polarity sunspot appeared—and this signals the start of Solar Cycle 24,” says David Hathaway of the Marshall Space Flight Center.

NOAA News Reported:
During a solar storm, highly charged material ejected from the sun may head toward Earth, where it can bring down power grids, disrupt critical communications, and threaten astronauts with harmful radiation. Storms can also knock out commercial communications satellites and swamp Global Positioning System signals. Routine activities such as talking on a cell phone or getting money from an ATM machine could suddenly halt over a large part of the globe.

SWPC, NOAA/NWS Space Weather Prediction Center, click here

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