I missed this earlier this week from NASA, I got a bit distracted with other things.
Sixty two – that’s the new number from Hathaway on April 4th, have a look:
They write at NASA MSFC
Current prediction for the next sunspot cycle maximum gives a smoothed sunspot number maximum of about 62 in July of 2013. We are currently over two years into Cycle 24. The predicted size would make this the smallest sunspot cycle in nearly 200 years.
It’s quite a climbdown for Dr. Hathaway from his earlier predictions. Let’s give him credit for not trying to “hide the decline”.