As you can see from the current SDO image to the right there are some rather nasty looking sun spots facing Earth right now. These are acting up and NOAA issued a space weather alert on August 24 at 0146 UTC
ALERT: Type II Radio Emission
Begin Time: 2014 Aug 24 0015 UTC
Estimated Velocity: 471 km/s
Description: Type II emissions occur in association with eruptions on the sun and typically indicate a coronal mass ejection is associated with a flare event.
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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