Saturday, July 14, 2012

Solar Blast Hits Earth; Geomagnetic Storm Begins

A sudden spike in the Planetary K Index, or K Index to 5 indicates that the anticipated solar flare with accompanying Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) has hit Earth.

The K index, measured every 3 hours, printed out this reading at 1:00 PM CDT. Now that the CME has made contact with Earth, it can be expected that weak power grid fluctuations, radio disruptions, and high latitude power issues may be reported from this geomagnetic storm.

This geomagnetic storm and accompanying troubles will last through the weekend before weakening off.


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