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  • Sunspot, and chance of weekend storms

    07/08/2017 10:31:01 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies ^ | July 7, 2017 | Deborah Byrd
    We’re approaching another minimum in the 11-year sunspot cycle, predicted for the years 2019 and 2020, and so the number of visible spots on the sun has been low. But there’s a nice, big, visible spot on the sun now, plus an Earth-facing coronal hole seen by spacecraft. Because this hole in the sun’s atmosphere faces Earth – and because it releases a high-speed solar wind – experts say there’s a 60% chance this weekend of minor G1-class geomagnetic storms, which could causes auroras. The coming full moon, of course, might interfere or might give you an opportunity for some...
  • Looming Threat of Extreme Solar Storms Prompts White House Response

    11/12/2015 5:41:36 AM PST · by Jed Eckert · 42 replies ^ | November 12, 2015 | Michael Kuhne
    In the late summer of 1859, an extreme geomagnetic storm bombarded the planet, igniting the ghostly, emerald lights of the aurora across skies as far south as Cuba. These powerful solar eruptions of magnetized plasma hitting the Earth caused telegraph wires to spark, disabled communications and set fire to several telegraph offices, according to NASA In the modern world, the threat of space weather is far greater as storms like the Carrington Event of 1859 pose a risk to interconnected power grids, airline operations, satellites and communications networks across the globe. "The overall goal is to ensure that the nation...
  • Space Weather on Par With Tornado Threat, NASA Chief Says

    06/11/2013 2:18:08 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 9 replies ^ | June 5, 2013 | Denise Chow
    Severe space weather could be as devastating to the planet as serious tornadoes and other natural disasters, NASA chief Charles Bolden said in a public address Tuesday (June 4). Bolden spoke before scientists and industry members at the Space Weather Enterprise Forum, which was held at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Auditorium and Science Center in Silver Spring, Md.
  • This Week's Super Active Sun Could Disrupt Cell Phone, Radio, And GPS Communications (IAS)

    05/18/2013 1:54:52 PM PDT · by blam · 29 replies
    TBI - AccuWeather ^ | 5-28-2013 | Samantha-Rae Tuthill,
    This Week's Super Active Sun Could Disrupt Cell Phone, Radio, And GPS Communications Samantha-Rae Tuthill, AccuWeather.comMay 18, 2013, 2:40 PM Solar Flares NASA This week has seen the most active solar flares in this sun cycle, which began in 2008 and will last until 2019. Four high-strength flares occurred May 13 into May 14. "Basically, this is as busy as the Sun has been in a 24-36 hour period since 2004," said Astronomer Mark Paquette. Paquette used information researched by Daniel Vogler, co-director of the AccuWeather Astronomy Facebook page. Using data dating back to 1992, Paquette found only one...
  • Sun storms: solar activity at fiery high

    07/09/2012 7:30:40 PM PDT · by markomalley · 31 replies
    CBS News ^ | 7/9/2012
    This has already been a summer of record heat in the continental United States. But our sun is not content with just breaking records in the first week of July. It has also been an intense period of solar flares - massive, violent outbursts from the sun that can wreck havoc here on Earth. And it shows no signs of stopping. Even on the surface of the sun, things are heating up. Last week saw several huge solar flares, the biggest of which occurred on Friday, July 6. Labeled an X1.1 class solar flare - the strongest classification used by...
  • Space weather expert has ominous forecast

    05/05/2012 7:09:10 PM PDT · by null and void · 89 replies
    LA Times ^ | May 4, 2012, 7:26 p.m. | Amina Khan
    A massive explosion on the sun's surface has triggered the largest solar radiation storm since 2005, hurling charged particles at Earth. (NASA / May 4, 2012) A stream of highly charged particles from the sun is headed straight toward Earth, threatening to plunge cities around the world into darkness and bring the global economy screeching to a halt. This isn't the premise of the latest doomsday thriller. Massive solar storms have happened before — and another one is likely to occur soon, according to Mike Hapgood, a space weather scientist at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory near Oxford, England. Much of...
  • The International Space Weather Initiative

    11/08/2010 12:03:40 PM PST · by Kartographer · 10 replies
    NASA ^ | 11/8/10
    Prompted by a recent increase in solar activity, more than a hundred researchers and government officials are converging on Helwan, Egypt, to discuss a matter of global importance: storms from the sun. The “First Workshop of the International Space Weather Initiative (ISWI)” meets Nov. 6th through 10th and is convened by the United Nations, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). "Strong solar storms can knock out power, disable satellites, and scramble GPS," says meeting organizer and ISWI executive director Joe Davila of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. "This meeting will help us...
  • Could Solar Storms in 2012 Cause a Solar EMP?

    10/05/2010 8:01:23 AM PDT · by ChocChipCookie · 31 replies · 2+ views
    TheSurvivalMom blog ^ | October 4, 2010 | TheSurvivalMom
    Guest post by mama4x who blogs at Farming Salt & Light. Set aside all the 2012 and Mayan calendar hysteria and consider this. According to NASA, 2012 will usher in a period of massive solar activity. It's possible these coming solar storms will produce the same effects as an EMP caused by a nuclear blast. I type this post on my laptop in an air-conditioned room. I hear the hum of the refrigerator and the low drone of the TV in the other room. As night falls, I'll turn on the lamp and later, I'll take a shower, water pulled...
  • Earth's upper atmosphere shrinking, scientists say

    08/27/2010 11:33:22 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 50 replies
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 8/27/10 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – The upper reaches of Earth's atmosphere are unexpectedly shrinking and cooling due to lower ultraviolet radiation from the sun, US scientists said Thursday. The sun's energy output dropped to unusually low levels from 2007 to 2009, a significantly long spell with virtually no sunspots or solar storms, according to scientists from the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. During that period, the thermosphere, whose altitude ranges from about 55 to 300 miles (90 to 500 kilometers), shrank and contracted from the sharp drop in ultraviolet radiation, said the study published in the American Geophysical Union's...
  • Climate Alarmism Takes Off in a New Direction

    06/08/2010 11:26:22 PM PDT · by neverdem · 32 replies · 48+ views
    American Thinker ^ | June 09, 2010 | F. Swemson
    NASA has just voiced its concern over the threat that our modern technological society is now facing from "solar storms." Now it's true of course, that our society has become quite dependent on new technology, such as satellite communications and GPS mapping, that is vulnerable to the effects of major solar storms, but NASA seems to be a bit too worried about how big the threat really is. Fortunately for us, legitimate climate scientists believe the next solar "maximum," which is due in four to five years, is not expected to be anything unusual. In any event, while major solar...
  • Solar Storms Could Be Earth's Next Katrina.....

    02/26/2010 3:44:00 PM PST · by TaraP · 78 replies · 2,035+ views ^ | Feb 26th, 2010 | Joe Hamilton
    February 26, 2010 — 2:53 PM A massive solar storm could leave millions of people around the world without electricity, running water, or phone service, government officials say. That was their conclusion after participating in a tabletop exercise that looked at what might happen today if the Earth were struck by a solar storm as intense as the huge storms that occurred in 1921 and 1859. Solar storms happen when an eruption or explosion on the surface of the sun sends radiation or electrically charged particles toward Earth. Minor storms are common and can light up the Earth's Northern skies...
  • Some Solar Storms Start With a Twist

    01/31/2010 3:19:06 PM PST · by neverdem · 8 replies · 440+ views
    Science</em>NOW Daily News ^ | 26 January 2010 | Phil Berardelli
    Enlarge ImageSnap! Magnetic twisting and tightening beneath the sun's surface can launch a giant solar flare.Credit: NOAA Scientists have detected a consistent pattern in the sun's magnetic behavior that precedes solar flares. If the pattern can be unraveled completely, it could give hours or even days of warning to telecommunications companies, electric power grids, and satellite operators to prepare for these dangerous storms. Solar flares threaten all of the artificial objects orbiting our planet, including GPS and telecommunications satellites, occupied spacecraft and the International Space Station. Every so often the sun emits a gigantic burst that includes highly energized...
  • Do Clouds Come From Outer Space?

    08/08/2009 8:43:34 AM PDT · by neverdem · 48 replies · 2,556+ views
    ScienceNOW Daily News ^ | 5 August 2009 | Phil Berardelli
    Enlarge ImageCloud killer? Research suggests that solar storms interfere with cloud formation on Earth. Credit: ESA/NASA Most of Earth's clouds get their start in deep space. That's the surprising conclusion from a team of researchers who argue that interstellar cosmic rays collide with water molecules in our atmosphere to form overcast skies. As common as clouds are on Earth, the processes that produce them are not well understood. Scientists think particles of dust or pollen can serve as nuclei for water droplets, which in turn gather by the trillions into clouds. That would help explain how clouds form over...
  • NOAA Releases Politically Correct Sunspot Prediction

    05/10/2009 3:44:14 PM PDT · by jay1949 · 23 replies · 1,319+ views
    Backcountry Notes ^ | May 10, 2009 | Jay Henderson
    NOAA released its prediction for sunspot cycle 24 this past Friday, May 8 - - normally a droll affair, attended by few and hardly worthy of politics. No more. Like eveything else coming out of Washington, D.C., this NOAA report has a "spin" attached, in the form of a sensationalized tale of solar-storm damage. Well, NOAA is a Federal government agency, and the Federal government these days operates on the basis of crisis!!!, be it real, imagined, or manufactured.
  • Solar Storms: Coronal Mass Ejections Viewed In Detail By NASA Spacecraft

    04/28/2009 10:33:48 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies · 478+ views
    ScienceDaily ^ | Apr. 15, 2009 | NASA
    Twin NASA spacecraft have provided scientists with their first view of the speed, trajectory, and three-dimensional shape of powerful explosions from the sun known as coronal mass ejections, or CMEs. This new capability will dramatically enhance scientists' ability to predict if and how these solar tsunamis could affect Earth. When directed toward our planet, these ejections can be breathtakingly beautiful and yet potentially cause damaging effects worldwide. The brightly colored phenomena known as auroras -- more commonly called Northern or Southern Lights -- are examples of Earth's upper atmosphere harmlessly being disturbed by a CME. However, ejections can produce a...
  • Magnetic Field Hole Could Cripple Communications

    12/18/2008 8:51:01 AM PST · by Joiseydude · 35 replies · 1,198+ views ^ | Thursday, December 18, 2008 | Andrea Thompson
    Scientists have found two large leaks in Earth's magnetosphere, the region around our planet that shields us from severe solar storms. The leaks are defying many of scientists' previous ideas on how the interaction between Earth's magnetosphere and solar wind occurs: The leaks are in an unexpected location, let in solar particles in faster than expected and the whole interaction works in a manner that is completely the opposite of what scientists had thought. The findings have implications for how solar storms affect the our planet. Serious storms, which involved charged particles spewing from the sun, can disable satellites and...
  • Surprising Solar Storms Rage at Sun's South Pole

    02/22/2007 7:10:38 AM PST · by libertarianPA · 39 replies · 1,161+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 2/22/07 | Ker Than
    Relatively calm weather was the standard forecast for the Sun, which is near the end of another 11-year solar cycle, but raging solar storms just spotted at its south pole now tell a different story. At the start of a solar cycle, sunspots-regions on the Sun marked by cooler temperatures and intense magnetic activity-tend to appear near the poles and move towards the equator as the cycle concludes. Scientists were therefore surprised when Ulysses [image], a joint European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA spacecraft currently embarking on its third tour around the Sun [image] since launch in 1990, spotted intense...
  • Solar Storms Continuing to Reverberate

    07/08/2004 11:45:39 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies · 497+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 9, 2004 | WARREN E. LEARY
    WASHINGTON, July 8 - The massive solar storms that pummeled the Earth last fall have continued almost to the edge of the solar system, causing disruptions on other planets and other surprising effects, scientists said Thursday. In a 20-day period from October to November 2003, more than a dozen storms, including the most powerful ever measured, erupted from the face of the Sun, sending blast waves in every direction. Because of a fleet of spacecraft dispersed throughout deep space, scientists said they now had the best picture yet of how shock waves from these storms reverberate through the solar system...