Monthly Archives: November 2012

Sunspots AR1619 & AR1618

The sun is super active! Seems like the earth is too! Lots of activity! Check out these sunspots growing ever so larger.

This channel is especially good at showing areas where cooler dense plumes of plasma (filaments and prominences) are located above the visible surface of the Sun. Many of these features either can’t be seen or appear as dark lines in the other channels. The bright areas show places where the plasma has a high density.




Hurricane Season Re-Cap

Another Active Season

The 2012 season was another active one with 19 named storms, 10 hurricanes and 1 major hurricane (Category 3 or higher). From 1995 to 2011, the Atlantic has averaged 15 named storms, 8 hurricanes and 4 major hurricanes.

This is only the seventh time in the 162 years of records that a season has had 19 or more named storms. What is even more interesting is that the last three years (2010, 2011 and now 2012) are among these top seven seasons.

Other seasons in the top seven most active are 2005, 1933, 1887 and 1995.

For summaries and content related to the 2012 hurricane season, please visit the links below for each named storm.

Storm Summaries


| Beryl

| Chris

| Debby

| Ernesto

| Florence

| Gordon

| Helene

| Isaac

| Joyce

| Kirk

| Leslie

| Michael

| Nadine

| Oscar

| Patty

| Rafael

| Sandy

| Tony


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