NASA 2012 Researchers say intense solar storm coming in 2012.
NASA researchers announced that a storm is coming--the most intense solar maximum in fifty years that could rival the the solar storm of 1958. But just like hurricanes often do, they become far stronger then anyone expected.
"Like most experts in the field, Hathaway has confidence in the conveyor belt model and agrees with Dikpati that the next solar maximum should be a doozy. But he disagrees with one point. Dikpati's forecast puts Solar Max at 2012. Hathaway believes it will arrive sooner, in 2010 or 2011."
"History shows that big sunspot cycles 'ramp up' faster than small ones," he says. "I expect to see the first sunspots of the next cycle appear in late 2006 or 2007--and Solar Max to be underway by 2010 or 2011."
"Who's right? Time will tell. Either way, a storm is coming."