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M6.5 Earthquake, M5+ Solar Flare | S0 News Apr.4.2017

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 CGK    2,628

Things could get interesting today if the sun sends and X flare our way.

 

Sunspot AR2644 is of special interest. Since the month began, it has produced more than half-a-dozen M-class solar flares, with an equal number of shortwave radio blackouts on Earth. Moreover, this sunspot is magnetically well-connected to Earth. Look at this diagram. Magnetic fields spiraling back from AR2644's location on the sun's western limb lead almost directly to our planet. If AR2644 explodes today, energetic particles accelerated by the blast could be funneled toward Earth, producing a radiation storm above Earth's atmosphere.

NOAA forecasters estimate a 70% chance of M-class flares and a 25% chance of X-flares on April 4th

More: http://spaceweather.com/

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 Ukshep    20,234
1 hour ago, RhetoricalRebel said:

What is so weird about this, is this level of activity when approaching a solar cycle minimum. Or it's supposed to be???

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_cycle#/media/File:Solar_Cycle_Prediction.gif 

Well I would expect activity at either end of the spectrum. but this seems worse? lets just pray we do not see another carrington!

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 Waitn4end    179
1 hour ago, Ukshep said:

Well I would expect activity at either end of the spectrum. but this seems worse? lets just pray we do not see another carrington!

Welllllll...I don't know.........maybe a little Carrington....just enough to scare the crap out of some folks enough to put a little Velveeta and Spam under the bed.

A little shock therapy might be a good thing.

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 COBO Member    3,355
18 hours ago, RhetoricalRebel said:

What is so weird about this, is this level of activity when approaching a solar cycle minimum. Or it's supposed to be???

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_cycle#/media/File:Solar_Cycle_Prediction.gif 

We may not live to see it. But I've warned my kids there may come a day when they're glad the old man pushed them to have some ECWS clothes stashed back. I fall on the side that it may get a little warmer in the short run. But then it's going to get reeeaaal cold.

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