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: