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Current Conditions

Great tool for predicting Auroral events!

What can you expect when solar and geomagnetic storms happen?  Storm intensity can vary from having just a beautiful show of Aurora borealis lights to slight radio disturbances, interference with signals, navigation, and GPS, to even more damaging impacts such as power surges or power failure and satellite damage. Below are links to preparedness tips, videos and monitoring sites for solar events.

There are many elements to solar alerts, the three primary are as follows.  What does it mean?  To understand NOAA scales (S1, R1 and G1) , read more here.

Solar Radiation storm – S1 through S5 (10 minor, 10.2 moderate, 10.3 strong, 10.4 severe)
Radio Storm – R1 through R5  (M1 Minor, M5 Moderate, X1 Strong, X10 Severe)
Geomagnetic Storm – G1 through G5  (K5 Minor, K6 Moderate, K7 Strong)

Scales

High Frequency – HF Radio Conditions – Normal conditions appear in green, degraded conditions appear in yellow and poor conditions will appear in red.  The study, measurement and reporting of solar is a new science. How do scientists measure a storm?   To sign up for solar weather alerts visit http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/alerts/index.html Its a good idea to sign up with your utility company for alerts on outages and with your emergency management office for reverse 911 and mobile alerts. Below are some general preparedness tips for potential impacts of a solar event.

 

 

 

 

 

What can you do to prepare?  Tweet these top 10 tips
  1. Get an old fashioned papermap (your GPS might fail during geomagnetic storms)   tweet
  2. Unplug delicate electrical devices to prevent surge damage Tweet 
  3. Check your fire extinguisher, as electrical surges can sometimes cause fires Tweet
  4. Have spare cash for food, gas and incidentals (ATMS could be out) Tweet
  5. Top off your gas tank (if power goes out, pumps will not work) Tweet
  6. Write down key phone numbers from your phone Tweet
  7. Ensure your generator is ready, and you have fuel in the event of power grid issues
  8. Plan to leave early for destinations as it can disrupt traffic patterns and communications
  9. Exercise patience, be alert for sudden surge or electrical disruptions and be a good neighbor
  10. Discuss your reunite plan with your family. Where and when would you meet if you lost communications
Hazards: Understanding Geomagnetic Storms

Hazards & Preparedness (PDF)
Power Outage – English
Power Outage – Spanish
Power Outage – Arabic
Power Outage – Haitian Creole
Power Outage – Korean
Power Outage – French
Power Outage – Chinese
Power Outage – Tagalog
What can you do to help?

Volunteer to help monitor emerging events, impacts and follow & Retweet our Solar twitter feed @Solar_wx

ACE Real-Time Solar Wind Pages
These are updated every 5 minutes with data averaged over last 15 minutes.
The data are the Real-Time Solar Wind data broadcast from NASA’s ACE satellite

Click to get values and an explanation

 

Situational Awareness & Maps:
NASA Soho Helospheric Observatory
Space Weather Now
USGS Realtime Geomag Map
NOAA Todays Space weather
Space Scales what is R1 G1 or S1
NOAA Subscribe for Alerts
Anatomy of a CME
Protecting from Solar Storms
Three levels of Planning for Disaster
2011 NOAA Space Wx Presentations
The cost of solar storms
BETA Aurora Forecast Map

Hashtags:  #spaceweather #solarwx #suninfo #geomag #Meteorite #Asteroid

Meteor & Asteroid Websites
Interactive Map Meteorite History
Report a Meteorite Map

Space weather user groups
RadioElectric PowerSatellite OperatorsAurora

Research Websites
Courtesy of SolarWatcher
SolarIMG website
http://solarimg.org
Solar Soft website
http://www.lmsal.com/solarsoft/latest_events/
Helioviewer
http://www.helioviewer.org/
Quality Dedicated Solar Website Link
http://solarimg.org/artis/
Estimated Planetary K index information
http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/rt_plots/kp_
GOES Xray Flux Data
http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/rt_plots/xray_5mBL.html
Sunspot Information from Solar Monitor
http://www.solarmonitor.org/
WeatherOrNut Channel
http://youtube.com/Weatherornut
Earthquake Forecasting Channel
http://youtube.com/thebarcaroller
Quality Weather Website
http://www.westernpacificweather.com
Space Weather Website
http://www.spaceweather.com/

 

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