posted on Aug, 7 2010 @ 11:16 PM
reply to post by HimWhoHathAnEar
The past solar minimum was not the deepest ever witnessed though it was the deepest in about 100 years. You are confusing solar flares and CMEs, they
are two different things. Flares are classed according to their xray intensity. CMEs are not classed.
There is no reason to expect an escalation in intensity of solar activity, only in quantity. The predicted quantity for this cycle is less than
average and there is no prediction for intensity. X class flares are not rare at all; in 2002 there were 12 recorded, in 2001 there were 22, in 2000
there were 18.
A CME on the level of the Carrington Event in 1859 would be devastating due to our dependence on satellites and electrical power but that activity of
that type occurs once in about 500 years. We probably don't have to worry about it...but you never know.
[edit on 8/7/2010 by Phage]