Some would say silence is golden. However, many scientific bodies around the world, especially NASA, have found the recent trend toward silence taken by Earth’s sun to be a bit intimidating. This morning, Paul Harvey mentioned this during his early news broadcast, with notions prevailing that such “silence”, that is, inactivity of solar flares and other activity on the surface of our planet’s ancient light-giver, may be likened to “calm before the storm”. But if indeed the solar inactivity may be leading up to any significant changes; for instance, a reversal in the sun’s magnetism, what might the repercussions of such activity be once any such changes take place?

This notion of a coming “storm” is far from new, however. As far back March of 2006, NASA had been discussing this on their website, as indicated in this excerpt:

March 10, 2006: It’s official: Solar minimum has arrived. Sunspots have all but vanished. Solar flares are nonexistent. The sun is utterly quiet.

Like the quiet before a storm.

This week researchers announced that a storm is coming–the most intense solar maximum in fifty years. The prediction comes from a team led by Mausumi Dikpati of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). “The next sunspot cycle will be 30% to 50% stronger than the previous one,” she says. If correct, the years ahead could produce a burst of solar activity second only to the historic Solar Max of 1958.
Along these lines, Gralien Report Correspondent William Beckwith also sent out his analysis earlier today:

At the least, this is going to disrupt cell phones, satellite signals and GPS around the world.

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Micah Hanks

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Micah Hanks is a writer, researcher, and podcaster. His interests include areas of history, science, archaeology, philosophy, and the study of anomalous phenomena in nature. He can be reached at