Quote: Yes sunspot activity has occured, could someone give me a chart on when it was the greatest or something. Because say it was in July then it would take about 3 months to radiate back out of the Earth and therefore effect our climate and amount of hurricanes late season. Did a sunspot occur in late May? I know they run in 11 year cycles but sun spots aren't the only thing that effect growth of hurricanes Mr. Spock.
Actually we are heading towards a sunspot low. As was said, current solar activity is periodic - 11 year cycles. The last peak was in 2000, sunspot minimum is expected to occur in 2007-2008. There are lots of sites out there that will give you plenty of information on solar activity and its effects - the greatest inpact sunspot activity has here on earth is the ionization of the atmosphere, that directly relates to the atmosphere's ability to reflect radio waves (predominantly in the HF spectrum...) Here is a good site for realtime solar data: http://dx.qsl.net/propagation/propagation.html
During peaks of solar activity there can be dozens of spots on the solar surface. Right now there are very few...
Good luck to all this weekend (Riding it out in East Orlando....)
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