Sunday, July 15, 2012

Solar Storm Strengthens; G2 Geomagnetic Storm Occurring

The Planetary K index continues to remain at unusually high levels, with overnight readings topping out at 6. As of the latest K index reading, the index stood at 5, indicative of a solar storm still ongoing.

Due to the spike into 6 on the K index, the Space Weather Prediction Center has called for 'G2' geomagnetic storm conditions to be occurring. Here are the effects from a G2 geomagnetic storm.

-High latitude power issues
-Transformer damage from prolonged storms
-Spacecraft orbit issues
-Auroras seen as far south as New York and Idaho

Radio disruptions are expected to continue as the geomagnetic storm fluctuates in intensity.


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