The National Weather Service released in April its predictions for the end of current Solar Cycle 24 and expectations for Cycle 25. Cycle 24 is predicted to end late 2019 or in 2020. Solar Cycle 25 is anticipated to peak between 2023 and 2026 with a peak count of 95 to 130. While this is low compared to typical peak of 140 to 220, is would be an improvement on Cycle 24’s peak of 82.
The Solar Cycle 25 Prediction Panel experts do not see any indication that we are entering a Maunder minimum in solar activity. However, solar cycle forecasting is new with this being only the fourth time a forecast has been issued for the 11 year solar cycle.
The NOAA news release on Cycle 25 prediction is available at