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X-1 Class Solar Flare Erupts

A powerful X-1 Class solar flare has erupted out of sunspot area 9661 early on October 19. It triggered strong radio blackouts across Asia.

The sun experienced an expected shift of its polarity on February 15. Afterward, it was expected that the current solar max would wind down. However, the sun has remained in a highly active state, to the point that its activity levels are now unprecedented in the history of solar cycles.

Students of the relationship between solar activity and earth's weather theorize that the unprecedented number of tornadoes that appeared in the first two weeks of October, and the colder, more violent weather that has occurred worldwide during the last eight weeks, is also a result of the increased number of sunspots. High sunspot activity has been directly related to colder temperatures on earth.

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