NOAA Alert: Massive Solar Radiation Radio Blackout Continues


Strong radiation from an impressive solar storm, forecasted to continue for the next 24 to 48 hours, is currently bombarding the earth causing radio blackout events.

Despite repeated warnings from NASA that the earth is on a collision course with an unprecedented Solar Flare eruption and that super solar storms forecasted for this year could kill 1 billion people, the government has so far done little to prepare for the event.

Right now, the NOAA Space Weather Service is tracking massive solar storm which is currently sending strong levels of radiation into the Earth’s atmosphere causing radio blackout events and are forecasted to continue over the next 24 to 48 hours.

Embedded below are photos, videos and radiation readings of the storm.

I have been altered to the current solar storm by this tip.

An impressive flare and corresponding radiation storm from the sun Tuesday evening is already triggering high-frequency radio outages at Earth’s poles (red areas on the map below — these outages could last for a day or more) and more temporary outages on parts of the day-lit Earth (blue and purple areas).

Other impacts from the incoming space weather could appear as early as tonight with the start of geomagnetic storming — geomagnetic storms can affect the power grid, navigation systems and other technologies. NOAA provides space weather forecasting for the nation, and forecasters at the NOAA NWS Space Weather Prediction Center are issuing updates regularly.

NOAA / NWS Space Weather Prediction Center

POES data products will be temporarily unavailable beginning February 29th while SWPC upgrades IT systems. This upgrade will ensure the long term security and robustness of our operations. In the meantime, please refer to the Ovation Auroral Forecast test product which provides similar information

Space.com reports:

Huge Solar Flare’s Magnetic Storm May Disrupt Satellites, Power Grids

A massive solar flare that erupted from the sun late Tuesday (March 6) is unleashing one of the most powerful solar storms in more than five years, a solar tempest that may potentially interfere with satellites in orbit and power grids when it reaches Earth.

“Space weather has gotten very interesting over the last 24 hours,” Joseph Kunches, a space weather scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), told reporters today (March 7). “This was quite the Super Tuesday — you bet.”

Several NASA spacecraft caught videos of the solar flare as it hurled a wave of solar plasma and charged particles, called a coronal mass ejection (CME), into space. The CME is not expected to hit Earth directly, but the cloud of charged particles could deliver a glancing blow to the planet.

Early predictions estimate that the CME will reach Earth tomorrow (March 8) at 7 a.m. EST (1200 GMT), with the effects likely lasting for 24 hours, and possibly lingering into Friday, Kunches said.

The solar eruptions occurred late Tuesday night when the sun let loose two huge X-class solar flares that ranked among the strongest type of sun storms. The biggest of those flares registered as an X5.4-class solar storm on the space weather scale, making it the strongest sun eruption so far this year. [See photos & videos of the solar storm]

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Source: Space.com

Watch: Geomagnetic storm hitting earth likely from solar flare tempest.

From the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center:

Solar Radiation and Geomagnetic Storms Continue

2012-03-07 15:18 UTC

The CME that erupted late on March 4 passed ACE around 0400 UTC March 7 (11:00 p.m. EST March 6). As a result, storming reaching the G2 (Moderate) level continues at this time.

Another CME, part of the recent R3 (Strong) Radio Blackout event at 0024 UTC March 7 (7:24 p.m. EST March 6) is forecast to pass ACE early morning UTC on March 8 (start of day EST March 8) Geomagnetic storm periods reaching the G3 (Strong) level are likely from that CME.

Finally, a Solar Radiation Storm is also in progress and levels are currently above the S3 (Strong) threshold. Region 1429 remains potent and subsequent activity is certainly possible. Updates here as conditions warrant.

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POES data products will be temporarily unavailable beginning February 29th while SWPC upgrades IT systems. This upgrade will ensure the long term security and robustness of our operations. In the meantime, please refer to the Ovation Auroral Forecast test product which provides similar information to the POES Auroral plots and is also predictive. You can find Ovation at: http://helios.swpc.noaa.gov/ovation.

Here are the latest images and radiation readings from the government’s Solar Weather Prediction Center.

Latest GOES Solar X-ray Image – Latest GOES SXI image – click for latest data
Latest GOES Solar X-ray Image – Latest GOES SXI image – click for latest data
3-day Solar-Geophysical Forecast issued Mar 06 22:00 UTC

Solar Activity Forecast: Solar activity is expected to be moderate. Additional M-class events from Region 1429 are likely. There is also a chance for a major flare and/or proton producing event from Region 1429 during the next three days (07-09 March).

Geophysical Activity Forecast: The geomagnetic field is expected to be unsettled to active with a chance for minor storm periods during the next 24 hours (07 March). The increase in activity is expected due to combined effects from a co-rotating interaction region with the CME that occurred on 04 March (associated with the M2 x-ray event). Later in the day additional effects are expected due to a glancing blow from the full halo CME associated with the X1 x-ray event that occurred on 05 March. Predominantly unsettled levels with a chance for active periods are expected for the second day (08 March) as effects from the anticipated disturbance should diminish. Predominantly quiet levels are expected for the third day (09 March).

GOES Solar X-ray Flux 5 minute data – click for latest data
GOES Solar X-ray Flux 5 minute data – click for latest data
This plot shows 3-days of 5-minute solar x-ray flux values measured on the SWPC primary GOES satellite. One low value may appear prior to eclipse periods. Click on the plot to open an updating secondary window. 6-hour 1-min Solar X-ray Flux plot.


GOES Photon and Electron Flux and GOES HP – click for latest data
GOES Photon and Electron Flux and GOES HP – click for latest data
Proton Flux from GOES-13, Electron Flux and GOES Hp from GOES-13 & GOES-15

The Satellite Environment Plot combines satellite and ground-based data to provide an overview of the current geosynchronous satellite environment. Click on a data panel to open an updating secondary window. An updating Satellite Environment Plot window is also available.

Although these data are of interest to the satellite community, they do not include all parameters and energy ranges known to be associated with satellite anomalies. See related information from the NOAA POES satellite — Auroral Activity Estimates, Relative Intensities of Energetic Particles, and Solar Protons.

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