CME Headed Our Way Tonight (30th) and maybe tomorrow (31st) Dec 2015

Svartbjørn

Senior Member.
Toodling the internet again and came across a neat lil tidbit.. might be a good idea to shut down your electronics tonight (or today if you're on that side of the world)


G3 (STRONG) GEOMAGNETIC STORMING LIKELY 30 DECEMBER

G3 (STRONG) GEOMAGNETIC STORMING LIKELY 30 DECEMBER
published: Tuesday, December 29, 2015 17:43 UTC
The geomagnetic storming watch for 30 December has been upgraded to a G3 (Strong), with a G1 (Minor) storming watch still in effect for 31 December. These watches are in response to consistent WSA-Enlil modeling results and SWPC forecasters' determination that a coronal mass ejection (CME) impact is likely just after mid-UTC day on 30 December with residual CME effects continuing into 31 December. The CME impact may cause a sudden impulse geomagnetic response at Earth, likely resulting in the G3 conditions. The CME was associated with a long-duration M1 flare (R1-Minor radio blackout) that peaked at 1245 UTC (0745 ET) on 28 December. Keep checking the SWPC website for continued updates.

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http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/news/g3-strong-geomagnetic-storming-likely-30-december

You guys near San Fran may get a cool lightshow
 

Marin B

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You guys near San Fran may get a cool lightshow

Interesting. Right now it's drizzling with low overcast (very cold too by San Francisco standards for midday - 45 F)
Supposedly it is going to clear by 8pm.
I'm certain that if we do see Northern lights this far south I will be told that it's the result of experiments "they" are conducting at HAARP.
 

Henk001

Senior Member.
From Spaceweather.com:
WEAK IMPACT: As expected, a CME hit Earth's magnetic field on Dec. 31st (00:30 UT). The impact, however, was weak and did not produce a geomagnetic storm. Auroras are still possible in the hours ahead as Earth moves through the CME's turbulent wake, but so far this has not been a significant space weather event. Aurora alerts: text or voice
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Marin B

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From Spaceweather.com:
WEAK IMPACT: As expected, a CME hit Earth's magnetic field on Dec. 31st (00:30 UT). The impact, however, was weak and did not produce a geomagnetic storm. Auroras are still possible in the hours ahead as Earth moves through the CME's turbulent wake, but so far this has not been a significant space weather event. Aurora alerts: text or voice
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I appreciate the update because I was seriously thinking of setting my alarm for a 3am sky-gazing session. Now I'll just get a good night sleep instead!
 
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