Space Weather

While checking today’s weather conditions and forecast I glanced toward the bottom of weather.gov’s page.  It wasn’t my first time to do so.  I knew the list of links was there but I’d never clicked on any of them.

This morning I chose one – Space Weather.

I didn’t know space had weather!

Here’s what I found.

2014-01-09 12:36 UTC  Awaiting CME Arrival

The ongoing Solar Radiation Storm peaked briefly just above the S3 (Strong) threshold but is now in decay and currently at S2 (Moderate) levels.  Enhancement back across the S3 level is possible with the anticipated coronal mass ejection (CME) arrival. The CME, originally expected to arrive around 0800 UTC (3:00 a.m. EST) today, January 9, is now slightly overdue.  However, pre-arrival signatures from EPAM data on the ACE spacecraft still show this transient en route. G3 (Strong) Geomagnetic Storm activity is still expected on January 9 and 10.  Updates here as this event unfolds.

Awaiting CME arrival? What does that mean??  Coronal mass ejection? That doesn’t sound good.  Strong Geomagnetic Storm activity is still expected today and tomorrow? UPDATES AS THIS EVENT UNFOLDS??

What???

GASP! And, there’s even a solar X-ray of the SUN on the page!

How could all of this go on above me and I be so totally unaware?

Today’s space weather looks like something right out of StarTrek.

For up to date space weather visit SpaceWeather.com.

If the weather around you seems a bit mundane, just look up.  Apparently there’s a lot more going on than meets the eye or reaches our ears!

To stay up to date on space weather, you can sign up here for texts (information like: geomagnetic storms, meteor showers, radio blackouts, flybys of the space station, planetary alignment, eclipses, solar flares, CMEs, and …hmm, it doesn’t say it warns about NEOs – Near Earth Objects…that’s the ONE thing I would want to be warned of!)

Better check your BOB – there’s a severe space storm warning posted for today: a 90% chance of geomagnetic storms today.  I’m not sure what your BOB would need to include for bugging out to a different planet….

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