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Sunspot Abundance Linked to Heavy Rains in East Africa
August 6, 2007
A new study reveals correlations between plentiful sunspots and periods of heavy rain in East Africa. The work counters previous research that found no such connection. The sunspot-rainfall relationship may enable officials to predict the onset of associated flooding and disease outbreaks.
American Geophysical Union
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