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The Space Weather Prediction Center issued a major solar storm warning for Friday. It could cause the northern lights to be seen as far south as Alabama!

·May 10, 2024 · NottheBee.com

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If your cell signal suddenly goes down this evening, look to the skies!

The Space Weather Prediction Center is predicting a MAJOR solar storm Friday.

This is the first time since 2005 that a "severe geomagnetic storm watch" has been issued.

The solar storm could last throughout the weekend and "supercharge" the northern lights.

A severe solar storm is expected to supercharge the northern lights on Friday, with forecasts indicating that auroras could be seen as far south in the United States as Alabama.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Space Weather Prediction Center said Thursday that a series of solar flares and eruptions from the sun could trigger severe geomagnetic storms and "spectacular displays of aurora" on Earth from Friday evening through the weekend.

In the words of the great Dr. Teeth of The Electric Mayhem, you may see "Aurora Borealis shinin' down in Dallas."

"We have a rare event on our hands," said Shawn Dahl, a service coordinator at the Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder, Colorado. "We're a little concerned. We haven't seen this in a long time."

Because strong geomagnetic storms have the power to disrupt communications and power grids on Earth, as well as satellites in space, Dahl said satellite and grid operators have been notified to prepare.

Yeah, cell phones, satellites, and other comms technology could be screwed up with this electromagnetic storm.

Check out this map from the Space Weather Watch and NOAA showing the line where the Northern Lights might reach:

 
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TONIGHT'S AURORA+CLOUDS FORECAST: We could potentially see the strongest solar storm impact since 2003/2005 as several solar storms launched from several days ago combine before reaching Earth. Our aurora visibility forecast shows aurora viewing possible north of the red line, with overhead viewing possible in the northern U.S. states. Closer to but north of the red line, viewing will likely only be possible on the northern horizon and/or with sensitive camera equipment. Locations south of the red line may have a more difficult time seeing aurora. Clouds look to be best in the central and western portions of the country, and clouds may obscure viewing across the Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic, and Northeast regions. As the solar storm is expected to impact Earth in the next few hours, viewing may last all night tonight but will be most favorable during periods of higher geomagnetic activity (when the southward component of the magnetic field is the greatest). For beginning observers, keep an eye on the Kp index which updates every 3 hours: https://swpc.noaa.gov/products/planetary-k-index
 
More advanced observers wishing to utilize the solar wind data can see that here: https://swpc.noaa.gov/products/real-time-solar-wind
 
 
 

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TONIGHT'S AURORA+CLOUDS FORECAST: We could potentially see the strongest solar storm impact since 2003/2005 as several solar storms launched from several days ago combine before reaching Earth. Our aurora visibility forecast shows aurora viewing possible north of the red line, with overhead viewing possible in the northern U.S. states. Closer to but north of the red line, viewing will likely only be possible on the northern horizon and/or with sensitive camera equipment. Locations south of the red line may have a more difficult time seeing aurora. Clouds look to be best in the central and western portions of the country, and clouds may obscure viewing across the Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic, and Northeast regions.

As the solar storm is expected to impact Earth in the next few hours, viewing may last all night tonight but will be most favorable during periods of higher geomagnetic activity (when the southward component of the magnetic field is the greatest).

 

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They also provided links for beginners and experts to check out if they wanted to track this solar storm.

The entire states of Kentucky and Tennessee are above this line!

Dudes, if those southern boys get to see the northern lights tonight ... I don't know what will happen.

Dahl said smartphones might even be able to capture imagery of the aurora at southern locations where the human eye can't see anything unusual.

According to the Space Weather Prediction Center, several "moderate to strong" solar flares have been detected since Wednesday morning. Solar flares unleash clouds of plasma and charged particles, called coronal mass ejections, into space. At least five flares and their associated coronal mass ejections appear to be directed at Earth, the center said.

"Additional solar eruptions could cause geomagnetic storm conditions to persist through the weekend," it said in a statement.

But, for real, be careful out there. Take care of your devices. Don't do anything stupid.

The solar storm has the ability to damage high-voltage wires, meaning the power could go out.

When directed at Earth, this geomagnetic and solar radiation can induce currents on high-voltage transmission lines and cause problems for transformers on the power grid.

One of the most damaging geomagnetic storms occurred in 1989, when roughly 6 million people in Montreal, Canada, lost power for nine hours, according to NASA. Some parts of the northeastern U.S. and Sweden were also affected in that event.

The storm is expected to take place around 8 pm EST, Friday night!

Source:     https://notthebee.com/article/the-space-weather-prediction-center-is-predicting-a-major-solar-storm-friday-could-cause-the-northern-lights-to-be-seen-as-far-south-as-alabama?from_social=facebook&fbclid=IwZXh0bgNhZW0CMTEAAR2s6aCkDP8ZBFv3jpjJTjaNH5O6gSBK6Gx_g77ElMYnSQGnt-p-Ywv2DRw_aem_AXbY2DNCmI4Fu0ASW2EcYHDGJktnadpucVX4H51Nkmq-a7KZ4PdsNltcy83dU8jH8vegTe-W_EzqA4DL-3BcZ6N_

 

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NORTHERN LIGHTS are likely to be visible tonight as far as Missouri and potentially northern Arkansas! 🌌 A G4 geomagnetic storm is forecasted tonight- that’s strong enough to push it this far south. It will likely be low on our horizon but with clear skies tonight be sure to get out and try to spot it!

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Just been reading about this on our news feed, expected to be a good show this evening, tomorrow and Sunday evening

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I just had one of the old timers here tell me that if it turned out to be the last day we worked here that it was a pleasure working with me. The fear mongering is real...

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3 hours ago, Drosselmeyer said:

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NORTHERN LIGHTS are likely to be visible tonight as far as Missouri and potentially northern Arkansas! 🌌 A G4 geomagnetic storm is forecasted tonight- that’s strong enough to push it this far south. It will likely be low on our horizon but with clear skies tonight be sure to get out and try to spot it!

I HOPE THIS ISN'T ONE OF YOUR APRIL FOOLS JOKES, WE ARE IN MAY NOW!!!

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I was too tired to stop up for the lights last night, apparently this is what I missed (Taken by my photographer friend, Alan @ Infinity Photographic Studios)

Ill try and peg my eyes open for this evenings show :)

 

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I have not seen them myself yet, but many in my area have posted pictures all over social media of the lights being seen over the past several nights here in SW Ohio.

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Yea, I was going to make the effort to stay up on Saturday evening, bit there was too much cloud in the sky to see anything

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It was incredible in Alabama.  Admittedly, I did not see it personally other than a hazy purplish sky.  However, my Facebook feed was filled with photos from throughout the state.  Many were able to see it with the naked eye and many others saw the majesty by using their cell phone on night mode with a longer exposure.

It was a very rare (for the deep south) celestial appearance.

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Isnt time/age somewhat odd Ever since I was a teenager I have wished to see the Northern lights, even thought about taking a trip to Scandinavia, where it happens on a regular basis. But now as Im a lot older, I found myself too tired to stay up and watch them from my garden!

I need the aurora to happen during day light hours lol :) 

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1 hour ago, Drosselmeyer said:

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same here when Im in bed asleep :) 

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