In a comment on this post, the “Atmosphere Guy” brought up an interesting idea. His thought was that increases in solar Kp (fluctuations in the solar magnetic field ) and the resulting flow of high energy particles can accelerate the development of jet-streams, hurricanes, and cyclones on the earth.
With the formation of hurricane Dorian in the Atlantic, I have been tracking the Kp and A index and the growth of Dorian.
Track map of Dorian shows the location and intensity of the storm at 6-hour intervals. The color represents the storm’s maximum sustained wind speeds as classified in the Saffir-Simpson scale.
Here is the Kp index in 3-hour intervals:
Do you think there is a connection between the growth of Dorian’s power and the Sun’s magnetic field activity? How?