Geomagnetic Storm (G2) Predicted, Auroras as low as New York

sun 2/12/14

Update 2/14/14 – A series of CMEs will be hitting earths protective magnetic field an may put on a good show for Aurora watchers. NOAA forecasters estimate a 75% chance of polar geomagnetic storms on Feb. 15th. There are three CMEs bound for Earth two of which have merged and formed one large CME. If your in the northern latitudes me sure to take a look, you might get a good show!

2/12/14 = A moderate Geomagnetic storm is predicted within the next few days. This could cause the auroras to light up the sky as low as New York. The most likely cause of this event is from the large sun spot 1974 seen to the left almost the dead center of the sun pointed directly at Earth.

See Warning details below:

Issue Time: 2014 Feb 12 2028 UTC

WATCH: Geomagnetic Storm Category G2 Predicted

Highest Storm Level Predicted by Day:
Feb 13: None (Below G1) Feb 14: G1 (Minor) Feb 15: G2 (Moderate)

Potential Impacts: Area of impact primarily poleward of 55 degrees Geomagnetic Latitude.
Induced Currents – Power grid fluctuations can occur. High-latitude power systems may experience voltage alarms.
Spacecraft – Satellite orientation irregularities may occur; increased drag on low Earth-orbit satellites is possible.
Radio – HF (high frequency) radio propagation can fade at higher latitudes.
Aurora – Aurora may be seen as low as New York to Wisconsin to Washington state.

sunspots

Sunspot 1974 can be seen almost directly facing Earth

Aurora viewing updates can be seen on the KnowledgeOrb Aurora viewing page. http://www.knowledgeorb.com/current-aurora-borealis-activity-viewing/

NOAA Space Weather Scales (meaning of R1,
S1, Etc.) can be found at http://www.knowledgeorb.com/current-space-weather/noaa-space-weather-scales/
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