Watts Up With That?

The data from SWPC is in, and it is lethargic at best. Sunspot numbers took a hit, down to about 42,  a delta of ~50 lower compared to the red prediction line.

Latest Sunspot number prediction

10.7 cm solar radio flux took a similar hit: 

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Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.
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  1. gjrebane says:

    Russ, the NASA video doesn’t portray that there is too much ‘solar science’ required for these predictions. Mostly the deliberations are based on past data on sun spots, thereby making the entire effort easily accessible to literally anyone with rudimentary pattern recognition abilities. And if someone were to bring Bayes into the process, they’d also be counted as ‘solar experts’. Is that all there is to solar cycle prediction?

  2. björn says:

    This NASA prediction comes uncomfortably close to astrology.
    Their guess is as good as anyones.

    • Sparks says:

      Some have been saying that for years, But, in reality it’s worse than astrology, any solar prediction by NASA comes via committee, It’s pure statistical guess work with an authoritative assertion. When they get it wrong as they did with this cycle (cycle 24) they blame it on nature being unusual and continue to peddle the statistical guess work via committee.
      During solar cycle 23, it was claimed that cycle 24 would be one of the most active cycles and it will raise planetary temperatures due to rising CO2 and cause major damage to our communication and electrical grids world wide, but now they dismiss that the suns weak activity has a role in declining temperatures.

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