Sorry.... there have been much larger sunspots, easily triple that size. I have seen solar storms that contained multiples of sunspots that size.
Here's the forecast as of today, 7-9-2009:
From the Space Weather Prediction Center
Updated 2009 Jul 08 2201 UTC
Joint USAF/NOAA Report of Solar and Geophysical Activity
SDF Number 189 Issued at 2200Z on 08 Jul 2009
Analysis of Solar Active Regions and Activity from 07/2100Z to 08/2100Z: Solar activity was very low. Region 1024 (S25W52) produced four B-class
flares during the past 24 hours. The region underwent minor changes and is currently an E type sunspot group with a simple beta magnetic
Solar Activity Forecast: Solar activity is expected to remain very low with a slight chance for an isolated C-class flare.
Geophysical Activity Summary 07/2100Z to 08/2100Z: Geomagnetic activity was quiet during the past 24 hours.
Geophysical Activity Forecast: The geomagnetic field is expected to be quiet to unsettled for day one (9 July) due to possible coronal hole effects.
Activity is expected to return to quiet levels on day two (10 July). Activity is expected to be quiet to unsettled on day three (11 July), also due to
possible coronal hole effects.
Remember that it is the interaction of Solar activity and water vapor in Earths atmosphere that drives our climate..... not Co2. Co2 is one of the
weakest atmospheric gases to react to the sun.... there's more Argon in our atmosphere than Co2.
Solar Cycle 24 is many months late, which may indicate Earth is heading towards another mini ice age, which is what was predicted during the first few
years of Earth Day. Consider this: over that last one million years, Earth has been in a condition of Ice Age for 95% of the time. Periods of
moderate temperatures like Earth has been experiencing for the past 300 years is an anomaly. The Earth stopped warming (average global temps) in
1998, and the Winter of 2007 wiped out 100 years of global warming.
At a time when we should be stockpiling wood, coal, and oil, we're doing just the opposite, to our own peril.
Edit to add web url: www.solarcycle24.com...
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