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22 Jun, 2015

Geomagnetic storm affects radio waves, creates auroras

The NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center indicates that a geomagnetic storm is reaching Earth and potentially will reach a Severe G4 Level resulting from a series of coronal mass ejections from the sun. Forecasters at NASA say that this will be an event lasting multiple days. NASA’s Findings:

The solar activity is the result of the sun releasing a series of coronal mass ejections (CMEs)…huge explosions of magnetic field and plasma from the Sun’s corona. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded a CME June 18, a second on June 19, and then a third on June 21. Energy from the third CME traveled swiftly enough to join the previous two. Report:

There was a moderately strong blackout of shortwave and low-frequency radio signals over North America and that the Earth’s poles were experiencing a deeper blackout.

The Geophysical Institute of the University of Alaska at Fairbanks Report Forecast:

The aurora could be visible in a long stripe of the U.S. from Alaska into the Pacific Northwest, the Upper Midwest, Great Lakes and New England. Scientists said there was a chance people as far south as Oklahoma City and Raleigh, North Carolina, could get a glimpse of the lights.

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