So a few weeks ago with my observational powers were in full effect, and I noticed it was really hot out. Earlier in the week, the Weather Network mentioned solar flares were expected for the week, so I put two and two together and sent this tweet to the Weather Network:
I didn't get a response.
Today, the Weather Network posted an article saying the two ARE related:
Was last Friday, July 6th, 2012, warm for you? Yes, it was a record breaker! An “Il forno,” as some might say.
Recently, many solar flares have been taking place on the sun, but their largest one was on July 6, 2012. As you can see from the NASA picture in this article, the sun is close to its peak for the current cycle.
That's not to say that solar flares are the official cause of the recent blasts of heat here in Canada. It is, however, something to think about when you glance up at the sun.
(I didn't get credit for this postulation, either. Darnit.)
Sometimes being right is fun!