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Advances in Astronomy
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 854867, 7 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/854867
Research Article

Kinematic Approach to the 24th Solar Cycle Prediction

Geophysical Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Molodezhnaya Street 3, 119296 Moscow, Russia

Received 14 November 2011; Revised 20 January 2012; Accepted 10 February 2012

Academic Editor: J. Javaraiah

Copyright © 2012 Vladimir Kaftan. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The results of kinematic modeling of the 24th solar cycle (SC) are discussed. Time series of solar and cosmic ray monthly mean indices were received from web resources of international data centers. The previous prediction of the solar cycle shape using kinematic modeling technique demonstrated rather close agreement with the final phase of the SC23 and relatively large magnitude of SC24. The forecast of 2005 is updated with respect to the modern observation of monthly mean data. The study allows concluding that the SC24 magnitude will probably near the previous cycle. Predicted moments of the maximum monthly mean values are expected in July–September 2012. The uncertainty of this interval is about ± 1-2 months. The maximum monthly mean estimation can reach 1 3 0 ± 2 0 relative sunspot number units. The mean amplitude of the generalized cycle shape is expected to be close to the 23rd maximum mean height. The SC24 form can be relatively narrow, and the cycle will probably be shorter than 10 years.