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The Weather Space

March 7, 2012


This is TheWeatherSpace Senior Meteorologist Kevin Martin. At the current time Earth is due for a solar wind blast from an eruption off the Sun. One such eruption was directly toward the planet and this will produce strong geomagnetic activity overnight tonight and through Thursday.

According to NOAA, A G4 level event is forecast.

Power systems: possible widespread voltage control problems and some protective systems will mistakenly trip out key assets from the grid.

Spacecraft operations: may experience surface charging and tracking problems, corrections may be needed for orientation problems.

Other systems: induced pipeline currents affect preventive measures, HF radio propagation sporadic, satellite navigation degraded for hours, low-frequency radio navigation disrupted, and aurora has been seen as low as Alabama and northern California (typically 45° geomagnetic lat.)**.

What you should do? Nothing … There is nothing you can do about the impact of this flare other than wait it out. Disruptions to cell and internet service may become common. This is not a risk where you need to clean the shelves off or keep your children home from school. A X5-class is not the strongest that it can be.

HOWEVER – If you have a home computer please back your information up as it could charge the motherboards and ruin the system. I am taking precautions with right now and having all systems backed up and server + data computers put in a lead case which will help. If you have a lead cover use it.

Weather – The image provided is a custom weather map effective overnight tonight for the United States. It shows High Clouds, Rain, and Snow areas. A LARGE portion of the Eastern USA will be covered in clouds while the Western USA (excluding Seattle) will be clear.

High Clouds are simply hazy upper level cloudy skies which may make it hard to see the , depending where you are. If they are thin enough you’ll see them if the lights are bright. Areas in the red may see them if the lights are bright and the clouds are not too thin …

Areas in the blue and green have low clouds with rain or snow so don’t bet on it

If you are in the Western USA deserts from NV/AZ/CA you just might be able to catch the glow on the Horizon to the north after local midnight time. My staff reporters are working hard at the event and getting the information to you as soon as they hear something. Enjoy the map … and if you see the event … You are the lucky ones … events like this can reach to TX and CA if it is strong enough. Use a time exposure on your camera to bring the colors out even if you do not see them visually … You never know what you’ll catch … Good luck!

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