Science: Sunspots & Drought

As the sun revolved in its 25-day cycle, the beam of the vast sunspot which erupted from its surface (photosphere) late in July was again to touch the earth this week. At that time the spot was 33,000 miles long by 20,000 miles wide. On earth, it caused severe magnetic storms which affected electric light and power services, confused telegraphs, telephones, radio.

This sunspot may have something to do with the drought which the past fortnight has afflicted U. S. farmers, restricted the water supplies of many communities (TIME, Aug 12), made tinder...

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