A Solar Storm Hits Head On | Space Weather News 07.30.2021

Our Sun keeps the solar storms coming as this new solar cycle continues to ramp up. We are averaging nearly one storm launch every day! However, the Sun has had terrible aim recently, sending most of these solar storms to the East or West of Earth. This week is an exception in that one of these storm launches seems to be Earth-directed. Along with several other glancing blows, we may see impacts at Earth as early as August 1st, with effects increasing by August 2. Aurora photographers should keep at the ready for aurora, possibly down to mid-latitudes while amateur radio operators and GPS users should be on the alert for minor issues through August 3rd. Learn the details of the coming solar storms, how they might impact you, and see what else our Sun has in store this week.

Solar Storm Fake Out & Big Flare Players Near | Solar Storm Forecast 07.17.2021

This week our Star really fakes us out with two big solar storm launches on the Sun’s farside. Although these storms are not Earth-directed, they are a clear indicator that Solar Cycle 25 is now well underway. The big flare players we saw just two weeks ago are obviously still alive and kicking and as they rotate back into Earth-view over this next week, no doubt we will see a lot more activity. As it is, we are already seeing multiple solar storm launches in a single day just from STEREO’s view. In fact, there are so many, it’s a bit hard to keep track of them all. This means aurora photographers might soon be getting a treat over the next two weeks while amateur radio operators will enjoy better propagation (albeit with a bit more noise on the bands) on Earth’s dayside. Of course, this also means the risk of radio blackouts will also increase so GPS users will need to keep that in mind as there might be degraded GPS reception near dawn and dusk over the next two weeks. Learn the details of the recent big solar storm launches, see the rise of region 2844, and find out what else our Sun has in store this week!

The First X-Flare of Solar Cycle 25 | Space Weather News 07.06.2021

Lions and Tigers and X-flares oh my! this week our son ratchets up the activity big time. We have had 11 solar flares in the past few days, including for big flares and the first X-class flare of Solar Cycle 25! it all started very quickly on July 3rd when region 2939 came up out of nowhere. this region began to rapid fire flares like a holiday firework display causing multiple radio blackouts throughout July 3rd and 4th before finally coming down on the 5th. It also launched multiple solar storms off to the west, but none of them are Earth directed. Although this region has now rotated to the sun’s farside it is still firing off solar flares and solar storms! We will definitely keep an eye on it as it returns into Earth view in the next two weeks. Learn the details of the solar fireworks over the July 4th holiday, find out what kind of effects we had here at Earth, and see what else our Sun has in store this week.

A Filament Poised to Launch with Noctilucent Clouds & Aurora | Solar Storm Forecast 06.22.2021

This week our Sun keeps us watching as a filament continues a slow rise off the Earth-facing Sun. It is now traversing through the Earth-strike zone and is poised to launch. If it erupts over the next few days, it could very well be an Earth-directed solar storm so we are keeping our eyes on it. In addition, we have a polar coronal hole in the north that will be sending us some fast solar wind around June 24, and along with a near Earth-directed solar storm that will give us a grazing passage on June 23, we could see some fun aurora shows at high latitudes, with a small chance of fleeting views down to mid-latitudes. We are also hanging on to solar flux levels in the high 70s to low 80s this week, with higher solar flux on the way due to new regions rotating into Earth-view over the next few days. Amateur radio operators should expect radio propagation on Earth’s dayside to be in the marginal range, but improving. Finally, GPS users should expect great reception this week all around the globe. Learn details of the coming fast solar wind, catch up on some gorgeous aurora and noctilucent cloud views over this past week and see what else our Sun has in store!

Solar Storms Amid a Solar Eclipse | Space Weather News 06.09.2021

This week our Sun keeps us on our toes with a near Earth-directed solar storm and a “Ring of Fire” solar eclipse. Although the solar storm will go mainly east of Earth, the NASA prediction model shows a slight chance that the storm will graze us on June 11. Likely, we wont even notice the storm’s passage, but it is worth mentioning because it could extend the minor storming we’ve been having at high latitudes over the past several days from a pocket of fast solar wind. There are also four sunspots on the Earth-facing Sun this week and they have boosted the solar flux into the 80s! this means we are well into the marginal range for radio propagation on Earth’s dayside and continuing to climb. In fact, we will have more regions rotating into Earth view over the next few days and that should ensure solar flux will continue this upward trend! Learn details on the multiple front-sided and far-sided solar storms launched over the past few days, find out when and where the annular eclipse will be visible, and what else our Sun has in store this week.

A Light Graze and the First Radiation Storm of Cycle 25 | Space Weather News 06.02.2021

As if Solar Cycle 25 had not already started last week off with a band, we get more excitement this week! We had a large solar storm launch from region 2824 earlier this week and although it is not expected to hit Earth (it will likely graze us to the west), it nevertheless came with the first Earth-directed solar radiation storm of this new cycle! This is a very clear indicator that solar eruptions are indeed getting larger and more energetic! Although the radiation storm only lasted about a day, it is a harbinger of what is to come! As for the solar storm, it looks to be grazing Earth now, and as expected, it is bringing mildly disturbed conditions. However, we will see as the fast solar wind hits over the next day or so, how much this mild disturbance becomes enhanced by this serendipitous timing. Learn the details of the solar radiation storm, see when and where aurora might be visible, and discover why both amateur radio operators and GPS users have something to smile about this week!

Rapid Fire Solar Storms Headed Earth’s Way | Solar Storm Forecast 05.25.20201

This week our star really turns up the volume with numerous solar flares and solar storm launches all within the Earth-strike zone. There are at least two, if not three solar storms on their way, which are expected to hit later today. We could reach the G2-level by May 26 and continue storming until the weekend. This means lingering aurora views are quite possible at mid-latitudes, in fact aurora chasers should have many chances to catch a show. Although region 2824, which has been both an M-flare player and a solar storm producer over this past week has finally calmed down a bit, amateur radio operators and emergency responders should still expect an elevated radio noise floor the rest of this week. Once the storms hit, expect radio propagation and GPS reception to be impacted as well, especially on Earth’s nightside and near dawn and dusk. Learn the details of the recent big flares, find out more about the coming solar storms, including where aurora will be visible and how the storms will impact radio communications and GPS reception, and see what else our Sun has in store!

Big Flares Return with Solar Storms Headed for Earth & Mars | Space Weather News 05.10.2021

Our Sun gets busy this week! We have multiple solar storms in the inner heliosphere, including one that is headed towards Mars and one that is headed towards Earth! The storm headed towards Mars should arrive sometime early on May 11th and it is driving a minor radiation storm towards that planet. This means both Ingenuity Helicopter and Perseverance Rover are being bathed in a slightly elevated radiation environment that will die down after the storm hits on May 11. Let’s hope this elevated dose does not impact Ingenuity’s flight plans or mission success! As for the solar storm headed towards Earth, we have two predictions, one is that the storm will arrive by May 12 and be a glancing blow to the East, the other prediction, made after SOHO/LASCO coronagraph data became available, indicates the bulk of the solar storm will actually travel west of Earth, with only a weak flank hitting Earth early on May 13. Likely the truth is somewhere in between! This means aurora photographers should prepare for possible aurora on both the 12th and the 13th, as it is a bit difficult to know from the model runs when the storm will hit! On top of all of these solar storm launches, we have a very active flare player, region 2822 that has been firing off moderate to large flares since before it rotated into Earth view. Likely this region will continue to be flare active for a few more days, possibly even a week before it calms down. This means radio propagation will be noisy on Earth’s dayside, and GPS reception could be affected, especially near dawn and dusk. Learn the details of the solar storms headed towards Mars and Earth, say hello to active region 2822 as it fires off more flares, and come see what else our Sun has in store this week.

Goodbye Trio of Sunspots Hello Fast Solar Wind | Solar Storm Forecast 05.02.2021

This week activity slows down just a bit as we watch a trio of sunspots rotate off the west limb of the Earth-facing Sun. This means the solar flux has been dipping down into the low 70s and solar flare activity has also dropped off for now. The cool thing is that we do have several new active regions on the Sun’s farside that look to be flare-active and which are launching solar storms as well. However, it will be a few days yet until they rotate into Earth-view. Until then, amateur radio operators should expect barely marginal radio propagation over the next few days until things improve. In addition, we have several small coronal holes rotating int through the Earth-strike zone, which are giving us pockets of fast solar wind. Aurora photographers at high latitudes should expect some decent aurora views through mid-week while photographers at mid-latitudes might catch a few sporadic glimpses over the next few days. GPS users should also be careful near dawn and dusk as GPS/GNSS reception might be a irregular there as well as anywhere near where aurora is active. Learn the details of the coming fast wind, catch up on aurora photos from recent solar storms, and see what else our Sun has in store this week.

The Sun Fires a Big Flare & Solar Storm Towards Mars & Ingenuity | Space Weather News 04.19.2021

This week our Sun picks up the pace with an extended blast of fast solar wind from a large coronal hole. We have been storming over the weekend and it should continue through the early part of this week, especially at high latitudes. This means aurora photographers have a chance to catch more aurora views before things settle down. In addition, we have another sunspot cluster on the Earth-facing Sun and multiple smaller bright regions emerging. These regions are keeping the solar flux boosted into the high 70s on Earth’s dayside. This means we will continue to enjoy a boost in radio propagation this week on Earth’s dayside. Along with that, we also have a big region on the Sun’s farside that fired a large flare over the weekend and launched a solar storm towards Mars. Hopefully, this solar storm will not be a problem for Ingenuity as it preps for it’s first flights on the Red Planet. Learn more details about this solar storm and how it might affect the Mars helicopter, see how long this ongoing storming at Earth will last, and find out what else our Sun has in store this week.