Dr. Leif Svalgaard says that if indeed we’ve hit solar max (as may be indicated by the polar field flip), the fields would have a chance to charge creating the potential for a Carrington-style event in SC25..

Both scenarios suck.

Check out the solar jetstream image from the NRO and the US Air Force:

I’ll link the stories as they pile up:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2011/06/14/the-sun-may-be-headed-for-a-little-quiet-time/
http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-06-sun-major-solar.html
http://earthsky.org/space/major-drop-in-solar-activity-ahead-scientists-say