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STORM WARNING: NOAA forecasters estimate a 90% chance of geomagnetic storms on Jan. 9th
spaceweather.com/ ^ | January 9, 2014 | Spaceweather.com

Posted on 01/09/2014 7:45:34 AM PST by tired&retired

STORM WARNING: NOAA forecasters estimate a 90% chance of geomagnetic storms on Jan. 9th when a CME is expected to hit Earth's magnetic field. The speed of the solar wind around Earth could spike to 700 km/s (1.6 million mph) shortly after the impact, sharply compressing Earth's magnetosphere. High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras.

http://spaceweather.com/

HUGE SUNSPOT, CHANCE OF FLARES: The source of the incoming CME is AR1944, one of the largest sunspots of the current solar cycle. The active region sprawls across more than 200,000 km of solar terrain and contains dozens of dark cores. The largest could swallow Earth three times over. AR1944 is circled in this Jan. 9th snapshot from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.

The sunspot is almost directly facing Earth. This makes it a threat for geoeffective eruptions. NOAA forecasters estimate an 80% chance of M-class flares and a 50% chance of X-flares on Jan. 9th.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: geomagnetic; nuttery; solarflares; sun; sunspots
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1 posted on 01/09/2014 7:45:34 AM PST by tired&retired
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To: tired&retired

These stories are so hyper. The last ones a few months ago were sunspot activity at multi year low.


2 posted on 01/09/2014 7:48:07 AM PST by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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To: tired&retired

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.

http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/


3 posted on 01/09/2014 7:48:20 AM PST by tired&retired
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To: UB355

“These stories are so hyper”

Yes, the current cycle has been very unpredictable.


4 posted on 01/09/2014 7:50:11 AM PST by tired&retired
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To: tired&retired; IbJensen

It’s already hit IbJensen!


5 posted on 01/09/2014 7:50:56 AM PST by Zuben Elgenubi (NOPe to GOPe)
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To: tired&retired

Global Warming or Bush is the cause of this..


6 posted on 01/09/2014 7:51:42 AM PST by navysealdad (http://drdavehouseoffun.com/)
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To: tired&retired
Worth following

You will have to follow very closely to find anything affected. Massive overhype.

7 posted on 01/09/2014 7:53:16 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: tired&retired

8 posted on 01/09/2014 7:53:26 AM PST by tired&retired
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To: tired&retired

Uh oh, plausible deniability.


9 posted on 01/09/2014 7:53:41 AM PST by Zuben Elgenubi (NOPe to GOPe)
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To: tired&retired

Would this event explain the static affecting my FM radio reception this morning? (I cannot remember the last time I heard radio static.)


10 posted on 01/09/2014 7:55:14 AM PST by Clara Lou
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To: tired&retired

Beware... we now need to brace for the MUCH FEARED Solar Vortex!


11 posted on 01/09/2014 7:55:25 AM PST by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: tired&retired

Will someone please tell an old woman so she might understand what this means to airplanes and phones?

My daughter will be on a flight Friday from MS to TX.


12 posted on 01/09/2014 7:56:31 AM PST by TribalPrincess2U (0bama's agenda¬óDivide and conquer seems to be working.)
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To: tired&retired
the event...

What is "the event"? Do sunspots affect power grids? satellite and other wireless transmission? the meanderings of the polar vortex? (yes, I know a vortex doesn't reander, sarcasm about the term). the magnetic poles?

These are serious questions. I really don't know why we should be concerned about solar flares on steroids.

13 posted on 01/09/2014 7:57:23 AM PST by grania
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To: tired&retired

However nothing affects the earth more than molecular level changes of CO2 in the atmosphere. (sarcasm). When you look at the power of forces like the sun that have bombarded to the earth for eons and not exterminated life it is quite a stretch to believe that man’s puny impact could do so.


14 posted on 01/09/2014 7:58:19 AM PST by The Great RJ
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To: TribalPrincess2U
Will someone please tell an old woman so she might understand what this means to airplanes and phones?

Next to nothing. The solar storm is now at S2. We average a couple of these a year.

http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/

Chart of S1 through S5 at:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/bloggers/3109767/posts?page=10#10

15 posted on 01/09/2014 7:59:47 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: grania

Nope. Just more Northern Lights


16 posted on 01/09/2014 8:01:23 AM PST by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
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To: thackney

Thanks


17 posted on 01/09/2014 8:02:46 AM PST by TribalPrincess2U (0bama's agenda¬óDivide and conquer seems to be working.)
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To: C210N

Ha ha! Good one!


18 posted on 01/09/2014 8:03:52 AM PST by Abigail Adams
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To: The Great RJ
..........”When you look at the power of forces like the sun that have bombarded to the earth for eons and not exterminated life it is quite a stretch to believe that man’s puny impact could do so.”
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Well if the stretch isn't made no money can be made.
19 posted on 01/09/2014 8:08:35 AM PST by mongo141 (Revolution ver. 2.0, just a matter of when, not a matter of if!)
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To: tired&retired
"Worth following"

OK. and then what?

Do we prepare for this or what?

Are we supposed to take some precautions? wear special sunglasses, hide in tub, under table? eat cheerios? spam? have a glass of wine? light an incandescent light bulb? wear thermal underwear?

20 posted on 01/09/2014 8:11:46 AM PST by 1_Rain_Drop
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