Like a machine gun, the Sun released a volley of flares across its Earth facing side today. And not just from one spot either. My solar flare monitor picked up the rapid fire this afternoon and by the looks of it solar activity is on the up with some fast growing spots facing us at present. While C class flares are at the lower end of the scale most of these pushed close to the larger M class (after C9.9 is M1.0). Again tuning in to the Surfing the Sun website will show these flares live, as they hit our ionosphere (about 8.3 minutes after they go off).