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  • 12/19/2009 | The K7RA Solar Update

    Sunspot activity continued this week; new group 1035 emerged December 14, following group 1034 that appeared December 9. Daily sunspot numbers since December 9 through December 17 have been 13, 13, 13, 12, 14, 28, 38, 30 and 24. Solar flux values have bee
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  • 10/09/2009 | The K7RA Solar Update

    Sweet memories of that 11-day run of sunspots ending on the second day of this month will eventually fade. So far, the number of spotless days is seven -- or perhaps eight by later today -- with the last sunspot seen on October 1. A peek at the latest STE
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  • 05/15/2009 | The K7RA Solar Update

    After weeks of little or no sunspots, it is nice to have something to report: Following multiple false starts, quick-fading spots and knots of magnetic activity that never progressed into actual darkened sunspots, new sunspot group 1017 emerged on Wednesd
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  • 03/27/2009 | The K7RA Solar Update

    Every day I check the 45 day forecast of planetary A index and solar flux from NOAA and the US Air Force. For quite some time now, the solar flux forecast has been the same: The projection shows 45 days of solar flux at 70, with no variation. I look at th
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  • 03/06/2009 | The K7RA Solar Update

    There have been no new sunspots since the recent brief three-day appearance of quickly fading sunspot 1013 on February 24-26. It was another Solar Cycle 24 sunspot, but this is not too encouraging, considering how brief and weak it appeared. There are no
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  • 02/06/2009 | The K7RA Solar Update

    We still have had no hint of sunspots or sunspots to come, though there was some geomagnetic activity on February 4 from a possible coronal mass ejection, raising the planetary A index to 16 that day. Sunspot numbers for January 29-February 4 were 0, 0, 0
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  • 12/26/2008 | The K7RA Solar Update

    Snow has fallen all week here in Seattle, and the Sun is still void of spots. We last saw sunspots on December 10, 11 and 12. The solar flux -- a measure of 2.8 GHz radio energy from our Sun -- has been running between 68-69 for weeks, except for December
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  • 12/19/2008 | The K7RA Solar Update

    Last week's sunspot group was only visible for three days, December 10-12. The average daily sunspot number for all of 2007 was 12.8; if we see no sunspots for the rest of 2008, the average for this year will be 4.7. By comparison, the yearly averages of
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