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Sunspot update: 2009 will fall short of 2008 blank days record by Steve LaNore,
Saturday, December 26th 2009, 1:38 PM EST
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The solar surface continues “busy” with occasional sunspots as we conclude a very active December 2009. This insures that 2009 will fall several days short of the 266 blank days of 2008. This was a year with the greatest count of sunspot free days since 1913, and another indication of the deepness of the recent solar minimum.

The overall solar flux continues to gradually trend upward (see slideshow below). And, there's every reason to believe the year 2010 will not dip below the low sunspot counts of the past three years.

This is based on not only forecast data but the actual trends since September.

Sunspot groups over the past three months have emitted more flares of greater intensity than at any other time in solar cycle 24. This is further evidence that the Sun is awakening from its extended “sunspot sleep”.
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