Todays sunspot number is 212. The uptick in activity, and the increase in the number of sunspots is normal for this point in the solar cycle. While there will still be periods with lower sunspot numbers the overall trend is increasing.
NOAA estimate a 75% chance of an M-class flare over the next 24 hours and a 50% chance of an X-class during the same period.
AR1748, the source of several major flares over the last few days is a little quieter than of late but its complex magnetic field that twists and crisscrosses still harbors the energy for X-class flares. It is moving across the face of the sun and during the next few days will move into a position whereby anything it does throw off will impact the Earth directly.
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