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    03/19/2010 | The K7RA Solar Update

    On March 6-9, we got a taste of the bad old days from 2008-2009 when there were frequent stretches of 0 sunspots. After March 9, activity picked up and we hope there is no end in sight to the much-welcome sunspots. This week -- March 11-17 -- the average
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    03/12/2010 | The K7RA Solar Update

    We experienced a bit of a scare this week when four days went by without sunspots. That's right -- for the first time in three months, we saw more than a single day with a sunspot number of 0, and that last period was back during November 23-December 8.
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    02/19/2010 | The K7RA Solar Update

    We've now observed sunspots continuously for the past 30 days -- certainly a turnaround from the quiet conditions of the past few years. In fact, in 10 weeks, we have seen only three days with no sunspots: December 25, January 6 and January 19.
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    02/05/2010 | The K7RA Solar Update

    As soon as sunspot 1041 went over the horizon at the end of January, sunspot 1043 emerged, high in our Sun's northern hemisphere. The average daily sunspot number this week fell more than 13 points to 14.6, and average daily solar flux declined nearly 7 p
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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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  • 11/06/2009 | The K7RA Solar Update

    In addition to the sunspot group 1029 that graced us from October 23-30, a new Solar Cycle 24 spot -- 1030 -- just emerged on Thursday. It is currently in a maximally geo-effective position (in other words, in the center longitudinal meridian as viewed fr
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  • 10/23/2009 | The K7RA Solar Update

    A tiny Solar Cycle 24 sunspot group -- numbered 1028 -- emerged briefly on Tuesday, October 20, and then was gone. This is another brief phantom sunspot, teasing us with hints of the expected increase in activity that never seems to manifest. Of course, t
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  • 10/16/2009 | The K7RA Solar Update

    No sunspots appeared this week, although there were hopeful signs. Spaceweather.com reported on October 11 that a new sunspot was "struggling to emerge," but it faded quickly, and the Sun has been blank since then. Sunspot numbers for October 8-
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