The 2nd day of a spotless Sun is recorded. Locarno some how counting two groups which seems unbelievable or at least suspicious. I wonder how a 64X magnification telescope at 80mm aperture can see the speck/s that are only just visible via the SDO satellite. The F10.7 flux values have plummeted and are now threatening the 90 barrier as the LSC monthly average also drops to 37. The blogosphere seems quiet on this topic?
Source: Laymans’s Sunspot Count
I noted on another forum that this was happening, and that Spaceweather in their usual inimitable fashion are counting every speck they can find using a 6m optical telescope. (LOL)
Seriously however so close to Solar Max this is a worrying sign. With the solar flux under one hundred and heading down we are already beginning to feel the effects. Here we are just past mid summer’s day in Ireland with the heating full on. It is cold damp and miserable. I can’t say that a Maunder Minimum is something I am looking forward to!
Update on May from Layman’s
May Update: Sunspot activity rose slightly over May but still remains well and truly in the Grand Minimum scale. The southern hemisphere activity continued to remain stronger than previous months but still lagging behind the north. LSC was measured at 41.9, SIDC 69, NOAA unadjusted at 99.5 (prov). This month saw NOAA splitting groups like not seen before along with the SIDC going crazy with group splits. Group splitting is another method of artificially raising the sunspot number. SIDC for the 14th straight month over counting compared with NOAA. April was another month of heavy speck activity resulting in a substantial difference between the LSC and other counting methods although the gap narrowed by a small margin. The speck ratio is responsible for the large divergence which saw great variation on several days throughout May. Because the LSC does not count regions with its largest spot under the SIDC raw value of 3, it can be used as a guide to the overall speck ratio, which continues to rise over SC24. This is further evidence that L&P are just measuring more specks of lower magnetic value which incorrectly lowers the overall magnetic value using their method (a speck has the same rating as a large spot).