This week our Sun dims down a bit when it comes to sunspots, but not solar activity! We have an Earth-directed solar storm on its way. It will be followed by some fast solar wind that will serve to enhance the impact of this solar storm. Aurora photographers should get a good chance for aurora views even down to mid-latitudes over the next few days. Amateur radio operators and GPS users might experience some disruptions, especially on Earth’s nightside when the solar storm hits, but on Earth’s dayside radio propagation and GPS reception should be top notch. No radio blackouts are expected over the next couple of days, but we will have new regions rotating into Earth view near week’s end, and these might put big solar flares back on the menu! Learn the details of the coming solar storm, including views of the gorgeous filament launch from the Sun, and see why amateur radio operators and GPS users can rejoice on Earth’s dayside but should remain vigilant on Earth’s nightside this week!
After no less than 12 M-class flares,1 X-class flare, 3 Radiations storms, and 2 Earth-directed Solar storms, region 2975 finally rotates behind the West limb of the Sun. If only that meant solar activity would slow down. Nope! Believe it or not, big flares are still on the menu, at least for the next few days and we have yet another Earth-directed solar storm on the way! This means that even without region 2975, conditions remain much as they did last week! Learn the details of the coming solar storm, find out when and where aurora will be visible, see why amateur radio propagation remains good, GPS users still need to be vigilant when it comes to reception, and catch up on aurora highlights from all the recent solar storming! Want early access to these forecasts, tutorials on Space Weather, & more? Visit: https://patreon.com/SpaceweatherWoman
We have two back-to-back solar storms on their way to Earth! The second one will catch up and slam into the first before they reach Earth, which will intensify the impact when they arrive. Although the storms are expected to be a G2-level, NOAA has issued a G3-level watch for this set of storms just in case. It will likely be the largest solar storm hitting Earth since the brilliant aurora displays of November 3-4, 2021. all of this activity is due to the machine-gun-like activity from region 2975. This region has fired no less than 8 M-class flares, one radiation storm, and two solar storms over the past several days. Amateur radio operators and GPS users should stay vigilant as radio blackouts are on the menu over the rest of this week. Aurora chasers should keep their batteries charged as we could see aurora dip as far south as Germany in Europe, Iowa & Colorado in the USA, and as far north as Aukland in New Zealand and Victoria in Australia! Lean the details of the coming solar storms, watch region 2975 in action, and see what else our Sun has in store! Want early access to these forecasts, tutorials on Space Weather, & more? Visit: https://patreon.com/SpaceweatherWoman
We have a big Earth-directed solar storm that has arrived early and is impacting Earth now! We are already seeing some amazing aurora in New Zealand right now with more on the way. In fact, this particular solar storm is unique in that we have an upstream measurement of this storm by Solar Orbiter and we have a good idea of when and how big a storm we will get. Learn the details of this big solar storm, how we knew it was coming early, and why we know it will bring gorgeous aurora in the early phases! Want early access to these forecasts, tutorials on Space Weather, & more? Visit: https://patreon.com/SpaceweatherWoman
Our star really jumps into high gear now that we have crossed the terminator. Old region 2963 is at it’s tricks again on the Sun’s farside, this time firing off a spectacular eruption that also included a radiation storm. No doubt an X-flare was involved to, but luckily for us, all of the action was aimed away from Earth. We did get some amazing imagery though, including a spectacular capture from the EUI telescope aboard Solar Orbiter. Over the next few days, this region will rotate back into Earth view so we will get a better look to see whether or not it has expended all of its energy or it still might have something left to give us a show Earthside. Early looks thus far show it to be quite depleted. However, it will still help to boost the solar flux back into the triple digits giving amateur radio operators a boost to propagation on Earth’s dayside. Aurora photographers also get a boost from several pockets of fast wind that are bumping us to active levels and even storm levels sporadically, and will give photographers at least at high latitudes some decent aurora over the next few days. GPS users will have to remain vigilant though as radio blackouts are still on the menu along with sporadic solar storm conditions, both of which can cause problems for GPS reception, especially near dawn and dusk or near aurora. Learn the exploits of region 2936, catch the eye-candy of the farsided eruption from several spacecraft including Solar Orbiter, and see what else our Sun has in store! Want early access to these forecasts, tutorials on Space Weather, & more? Visit: https://patreon.com/SpaceweatherWoman
This week an X-flare player, region 2936, fires a big M-flare and launches a solar storm while in the Earth-strike zone. Prediction models from NOAA, NASA, and the MetOffice estimate the solar storm will arrive at Earth by February 2. Even though this solar storm is a bit on the slow side, it should still bump us to storm levels and bring aurora down to the tip of mid-latitudes. We could see aurora as far south as The Netherlands in Europe, the northern states of the USA, and as far north as northern New Zealand and Tasmania. Likely Australian folks (even down in Victoria) will have a difficult time seeing aurora, as the storm is not expected to be that strong. However, I have been wrong in the past– if the solar storm arrives early, the impact could indeed be stronger than predicted! In addition to the coming solar storm, region 2936 is still a big flare player and along with a few other regions is keeping dayside radio propagation in the good range, with solar flux well into the triple digits and keeping the bands noisy. These conditions will persist easily throughout this week. GPS users, however, should be vigilant as GPS reception takes a hit this week, especially on Earth’s nightside and near dawn and dusk. Learn the details of the coming solar storm, watch how many new bright regions are about to rotate into Earth-view, and see what else our Sun has in store. Want early access to these forecasts, tutorials on Space Weather, & more? Visit: https://patreon.com/SpaceweatherWoman
This past week our Sun has been sending us a cornucopia of space weather phenomena, including launching several solar storms in near-Earth vicinity, firing a big solar flare, and showering us with a radiation storm! Luckily, all of their effects at Earth have been either minor, short-lived, or have missed entirely. Back on the 20th, an M5.5-flare launched a radiation storm that reached the S1-level. It did cause some issues for radio propagation and navigation at high latitudes for about a day before it began to wane. However, we will still deal with its lingering effects in the near-Earth satellite environment over the next day or so. In addition, we have two, back-to-back fast solar wind streams that will hit Earth over this coming week. These could give us some decent aurora chances at high latitudes and possibly some aurora down to mid-latitudes in bursts. GPS users and amateur radio operators should expect minor disruptions on Earth’s night side. Solar flux remains in the high 80s to low 90s, which means marginal radio propagation on Earth’s dayside, but with new regions rotating into Earth view over the next few days, it looks like conditions could improve soon. Learn the details of the recent solar events, including what remains of the waning radiation storm, find out how the two fast solar wind streams will affect us in the coming days, and see what else our Sun has in store this week! Want early access to these forecasts, tutorials on Space Weather, & more? Visit: https://patreon.com/SpaceweatherWoman
The Sun has Earth in its’ crosshairs this week! We’ve had no less than three solar storms to contend with all in the past few days. The first solar storm was launched by region 2925 back on January 14 and was supposed to hit yesterday, but it missed Earth, thanks to the fast solar wind from the large coronal hole passing through the Earth-strike zone now. Likely that fast wind stream deflected the solar storm to the west of Earth. But no matter, the fast wind has been sporadically bumping us to storm levels off and on over the past couple days. We even reached G2-level conditions for about three hours right around the 15th, but don’t be fooled, as these conditions were more bark than bite. Even aurora chasers had a difficult time catching much more than a glimpse of aurora at mid-latitudes. Still this storm will keep us on our toes over the next couple days, plus we have yet another solar storm on the way. This one was launched by region 2929 in the north. This new solar storm has a better chance of hitting Earth than the previous one did, but it still could be a glancing blow around the 20th. In addition, we have no less than seven active regions on the Earth-facing Sun, which is keeping solar flux boosted into the triple digits and allowing decent radio propagation on Earth’s dayside. Big flares and radio blackouts are a slight risk now, but it is not too bad for GPS reception overall. Learn the details surrounding all of this activity and see what else our Sun has in store. Want early access to these forecasts, tutorials on Space Weather, & more? Visit: https://patreon.com/SpaceweatherWoman
This week our Sun brightens our day with some fast solar wind and new eye candy! No less than four new bright regions are now in Earth-view and solar flux is back in the triple digits! This means radio propagation on Earth’s dayside is back into the good range. These conditions should continue over this week and quite possibly into next week! Also, with the fast solar wind, we have had some decent aurora shows at high latitudes and even down briefly into mid latitudes. Although we have hit storm levels over the past 24 hours, we will likely bounce between unsettled and active conditions over the next several days. Aurora is still possible at high latitudes, but views will become more fleeting at mid-latitudes. However, with these new active regions rotating into Earth-view there is a very good chance we will have some Earth-directed solar storms launch over the next couple of week. So, aurora photographers that miss this brief fast wind, keep your fingers crossed because there is a significant chance for more aurora soon. Learn the details of these new bright regions, visit the dust storms building on Mars and see what else our Sun has in store! Want early access to these forecasts, tutorials on Space Weather, & more? Visit: https://patreon.com/SpaceweatherWoman
Our Sun is popping some big flare potential this week, with no less than seven numbered regions on the Earth-facing disk (up that to nine, as of this afternoon!) Plus more are rotating into Earth view as we speak. This is translating into great radio propagation on Earth’s dayside with solar flux back in the triple digits again! Of course with lots of active regions comes radio blackouts, which we are already noticing with one M-class flare earlier today! M-class flare risk tops 20% over the next few days and could very well increase. We even have a small risk for X-class flares as well, mainly from regions 2907 and 2908 so we are keeping a close eye on how things develop. In addition, we also have some solar storms brewing, the first is the fast solar wind hitting Earth now, which has bumped us to storm levels once, and could do so again over the next few days. The next is due to an Earth-directed solar storm that was launched with the M-class flare today. Preliminary analysis indicates this solar storm could hit Earth by December 24! So, while aurora puts on a show at high latitudes now, by the 24th, we could have a decent show down to mid-latitudes as well! Learn the details of all this budding activity, including the fast solar wind, the coming solar storm, and the big flare players, find out when and where aurora might be visible, and see what else our Sun has in store!