Charles Osgood, a national news commentator for CBS Radio, commented last week on our current lack of sunspots. He says,
The Sun normally undergoes an 11-year cycle of activity — and last year, it was supposed to have heated up — and, at its peak, would have a tumultuous boiling atmosphere, spitting out flares and huge chunks of super-hot gas.
Instead, it hit a 50-year low in solar wind pressure, a 55-year low in radio emissions, and a 100-year low in sunspot activity. Right now, the sun is the dimmest it’s been in nearly a century.
If you’ve been on 20m lately, you already know that, though. To hear or read the rest of his commentary, go to The Osgood File website.