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The Sun Threatens The Olympics - Hurrah!

Scientists warn solar activity could hit London 2012 Olympic games - contains video

Scientists warned yesterday that a peak in solar activity is due to occur in 2012, risking the disruption of television and internet networks during the London Olympic Games.
“The Olympics could be bang in the middle of a solar maximum,” said Richard Harrison, of the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory...the Sun appears to be stirring, after several years in “deep minimum”. Between 2008 and 2009 there were more than 250 “spotless” days — a record low since 1913. However, in the past two weeks two solar flares have developed, indicating that the Sun is likely to be entering a more active phase in its eleven-year cycle.

Sexy science: Earth at the mercy of a restless Sun - Times Online
Given that the Sun’s variation can cause a difference of 1.4 watts for every square metre on Earth, studying solar activity could be very important in understanding our planet’s changing climate.

Win win - a nice warm spell and no Olympics on the telly, what could be better.

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There'll be no Olympics on my telly whatever the sun decides to do with its spots.

"in the past two weeks two solar flares have developed, indicating that the Sun is likely to be entering a more active phase in its eleven-year cycle"

...or not, of course. After all, the guys at Rutherford Labs didnt predict the the 250+ spotless days over the last couple of years, why would we think they'll be any better at predicting the next couple of years?

Now they may well be right, but how much of your/my money would you like to wager (ie spend on 2012 infrastructure) on their prediction, in order to protect TV/Comms for a couple of weeks of broadcasting sweaty sportspersons to the world?

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