Saturday, 7 December 2013

'Great' Flares of SC24

The plot shows all 27 solar flares of SC24, stronger than GOES class X1 - my definition of 'great' flares. We see no definite trend yet - and since the strongest flares occur some years after cycle maximum - we may have quite a wait for the flaring peak. When is/or was maximum? A hard question. The flares tend to occur in short bursts when very complex sunspot groups appear. These are currently in short supply. Stay posted.