Solar Storms impact our lives. When they happen, will you be aware?

The Weekly Solar Weather Forecast
April 08, 2014 - April 14, 2014

Solar weather has dropped to a lower than usual rate of activity and is expected to remain calm over the next several days. Flaring chances are only 20% for M class and 1% for X class meaning this week may be uneventful. A slight disturbance may be felt in the geomagnetic field on the 9th – 10th due to a coronal hole high speed wind stream, however levels are predicted to be less than actual storming strength. The only real possibility for action this week will be the arrival of new or old sun spots in the days ahead.

Beyond this week, a coronal hole high speed wind stream is expected to make a pass on the 17th – 19th of April. Minor geomagnetic storms, disturbances, and health alerts are common around CH HSS events. Though no other specific events are currently forecasted, Earth directed CME events and severe flaring will quickly void quiet forecasted conditions.

NEWS
• Due to risk factors associated with geomagnetic disturbances we have released the new Health Plus Plan designed to alert subscribers to periods of increased dangers such as:
• 210% rise in hospitalization due to heart attack
• 150% rise in hospitalization due to stroke
• 160% rise in occurrences of chest pain and irregular heart beat
• 10% - 15% rise in mortality rates, or death, due to the complications mentioned above
To add to these there are also recorded increases of depression, insomnia, suicide, homicide and other violent crimes.
Please consider the benefits of knowing when you're at risk so you can protect yourself and your family from further dangers.

A GENTLE REMINDER...

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AIA 304

This channel is especially good at showing areas where cooler dense plumes of plasma (filaments and prominences) are located above the visible surface of the Sun. Many of these features either can't be seen or appear as dark lines in the other channels. The bright areas show places where the plasma has a high density

Where: Upper chromosphere and lower transition region
Wavelength: 304 angstroms (0.0000000304 m) = Extreme Ultraviolet
Primary ions seen: singly ionized helium (He II)
Characteristic temperature: 50,000 K (90,000 F)

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Sun-spinner
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This plot shows the current extent and position of the auroral oval in the northern hemisphere, extrapolated from measurements taken during the most recent polar pass of the NOAA POES satellite.read more

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Average over last 15 minutes

Geomagnetic storms are a natural hazard, like hurricanes and tsunamis. Severe geomagnetic storms cause communications problems, abruptly increase drag on spacecraft, and can cause electric utility blackouts over a wide area. This NOAA ACE information gives about a one hour advance warning of impending geomagnetic storm activity.

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The GOES spacecraft each carry a sophisticated Solar X-ray Imager to monitor the Sun’s X-rays for the early detection of solar flares, coronal mass ejections, and other phenomena that impact the geospace environment on both minor and severe scales.

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