Solar Storm Has Arrived!March 8th, 2012 at 10:34 am by Jeff Edmondson WAVY under Weather
You have probably have been hearing about this solar storm on our newscasts or on your social media feeds. So what is it? Well on occasion the sun can erupt massive amount of partials towards the earth. These eruptions are called coronal mass ejections (CME). These CME’s can cause power grid failures, disruptions with GPS signals, and even affect air traffic. The solar wind which was carrying the CME arrived early this morning and so far there have not been any incidents reported yet. The CME will continue to be impacting the planet through tomorrow morning.
This is the image of the solar flare that happened on Tuesday. In 1999 a similar solar storm happened which caused power grid failures in Quebec, Canada. Now, there is another effect to Solar Flares, the Northern Lights. Early This morning I was able to see the Northern Lights from a camera set up in Yellowknife, Canada.
Another tool I use for the Northern Lights are forecasts and models from the Geophysical Institute in Alaska.
If you see the forecast for Friday it lists the Index at a 6+ the Kp (A unit for measuring the intensity of the aurora) could be possible a 6 as well which could mean for areas in West Virginia and Washington DC the lights might be visible on the horizon.
Across our area the skies will be clear on Friday night so in case this CME is stronger than predicted it might be visible along the Eastern Shore and Northern Neck.
Something to keep our eyes on the lookout for.
Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson