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As the current solar cycle winds down, the risk of big storms goes up


April 30, 2014

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Don't write off this solar cycle just yet. Even though the current peak in the 11-year cycle of sunspot activity is on the weak side, the sun might still produce a major storm at any point, spewing plasma that could disrupt power grids and satellite communications, according to NCAR solar physicist Scott McIntosh. The waning part of the solar cycle, during the latter part of this decade, is actually when the most dangerous storms are most likely. Full Story

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