2016 Geomagnetic Storms

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2016 Geomagnetic Storms

Post by Christopher K. » January 2nd, 2016, 4:49 pm

Sunday, 3 January
G2


The Space Weather Prediction Center at 1:03pm today has issued a G2 watch for early to midday EST tomorrow. A fast-moving coronal mass ejection may hit Earth. This type of storm can cause increased drag on low-Earth orbiting vehicles.

More information:
http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/news/g2-modera ... 03-january

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Re: 2016 Geomagnetic Storms

Post by Christopher K. » January 4th, 2016, 5:43 pm

Wednesday 6 January
G1


When checked at 4:41pm CST, the Space Weather Prediction Center had a G1 prediction listed for Wednesday at the 3pm CST hour due to "the
influence of a positive polarity coronal hole high speed stream". Right now the solar wind speed is 405 km/sec.

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Re: 2016 Geomagnetic Storms

Post by Christopher K. » January 5th, 2016, 5:01 pm

The Space Weather Prediction Center has issued the watch for tomorrow. During this previous rotation the Sun the same coronal hole issued a stream of solar wind that reached speeds of 650 km/sec.

More information:
http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/news/g1-minor- ... nuary-2016

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Re: 2016 Geomagnetic Storms

Post by Christopher K. » January 6th, 2016, 1:25 pm

As it turns out, G1 conditions were reached at the 9pm hour last night! Solar wind speed for the duration were no lower than 600 km/s. The SWPC's warning remained in effect until the 4am hour this morning.

More information:
http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/news/g1-minor- ... ns-reached

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Re: 2016 Geomagnetic Storms

Post by Christopher K. » January 10th, 2016, 6:53 pm

Tuesday 12 January
G1


This watch may be for tomorrow Baton Rouge time as the SWPC points to the 12th meaning UTC. A time, however, is not given. A negative-polarity stream from a coronal hole is the potential culprit.

More information:
http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/news/g1-minor- ... nuary-2016

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Re: 2016 Geomagnetic Storms

Post by Christopher K. » January 19th, 2016, 3:20 pm

At this time the Space Weather Prediction Center is using its backup processing site. It will continue to use this site until 7am CST Thursday. Visitors to the site may not be able to perform all regular functions.

More information:
http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/news/swpc-tran ... 19-21-2016

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Re: 2016 Geomagnetic Storms

Post by Christopher K. » January 20th, 2016, 4:35 pm

Wednesday 20 January
G1


There's no statement from SWPC that I see, but there were G1 conditions within the last twenty-four hours. I'd take a glance at the Sun through a viewer but there are darkish clouds coming. The current UV index forecast is 1.

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Re: 2016 Geomagnetic Storms

Post by Christopher K. » January 21st, 2016, 11:51 am

Thursday 21 January
G2


G2 conditions were reached at ~12pm CDT, and will remain until about 6am tomorrow. Once again, the rain chance and clouds prevent me from taking a look at the Sun. There are three notable sunspot regions, and an active region on a far limb.

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Re: 2016 Geomagnetic Storms

Post by Christopher K. » February 3rd, 2016, 5:28 pm

Wednesday 3 February
G1


There were G1 conditions earlier today; however, the SWPC didn't issue a statement (that I see). The clouds are breaking up but the Sun is sinking low. Good-sized 2489 is on the limb.

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Re: 2016 Geomagnetic Storms

Post by Christopher K. » February 9th, 2016, 2:10 pm

Monday 8 February
G1


When I checked the readings yesterday at 4:01pm CST there had been G1 conditions earlier. It was good weather for looking personally (seventeen percent humidity) although the winds were really active with 22 kilometer-per-hour gusts. At any rate, I didn't see 2494 or 2497.

Today the readings are zero across the board.

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