As I have said on this Blog, I am numbers person. Figures tell everything and trend-lines explain what has happened, what might or will happen.
Wondering what is happening.
Out of my natural curiosity, I have started plotting past solar indices in order to get an indication of what our next Solar Cycle (25) might look like.
A year ago, it was announced by a Space Weather Meteorologist, Tamitha Skov
( https://www.youtube.com/user/SpWxfx https://twitter.com/TamithaSkov )
that the first sunspot for Cycle 25 had appeared.
Once I thought about it, I looked at the most recent Solar Flux plot of Cycle 24. It certainly appeared that it was dropping rapidly. I thought it could be contrary to prediction that our next solar cycle would be worse than this one.
The only hitch to this analysis has been a constant elevated level of geomagnetic activity. Although solar activity has declined since 2014, geomagnetic activity has not. The values had actually increased somewhat and still flared up now and then. After a 3 month drop early in 2017, it shot back up.
I have looked at numbers and charts for over 40 years to identify patterns and trends.