Monday, February 20, 2012

SOLAR WATCH: The Electric Universe - Solar Wind Stream Results in Stunning Auroras Over the USA! UPDATE: Volcano / Earthquake Watch Feb 20-25, 2012!

According to Space Weather, a new sunspot AR1422 is rapidly growing rapidly and could soon pose a threat for M-class solar flares and Earth is currently inside a solar wind stream that is producing stunning auroras across America.

AURORAS OVER THE USA: A solar wind stream hit Earth's magnetic field during the waning hours of Saturday, February 18th. Although the stream was expected, the bright auroras it produced were not. Northern Lights spilled across the Canadian border into US states such as Wisconsin, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Iowa, and Minnesota.

Travis Novitsky took this picture from Grand Portage, MN. "My girlfriend and I were just settling in to watch a movie when the auroras made a surprise appearance," he says. "A quick look out the back door of my house revealed that, yes indeed, the lights were out! For the next hour and a half we were treated to a green glow peppered with dancing curtains of green, purple and red."

In Nebraska--yes, Nebraska--"I saw auroras on and off for approximately 2 hours from around 9pm to 11pm local time," reports Chris Allington of Crofton, NE. "There was a brief spell where color was visible to the eye with rays and bands." Allington stitched together a series of 20s exposures to create this movie.
At the height of the display, researchers at the Poker Flats Research Range outside of Fairbanks, Alaska, launched a suborbital rocket to investigate how auroras affect GPS systems. Several photographers in the area caught the rocket flying into the Northern Lights.

This episode might have been amplified by the action of a co-rotating interaction region or "CIR." CIRs are transition zones between fast and slow solar wind streams. Solar wind plasma piles up in these regions, producing density gradients and shock waves that do a good job of sparking auroras. Local solar wind data suggest that Earth moved through a CIR around 1500 UT on February 18th.
WATCH: SOLAR ACTIVITY UPDATE - Return to C-Class Flares.


UPDATE: Volcano / Earthquake Watch Feb 20-25, 2012.
Targeting Coronal Hole (CH501). With associated solar disturbance and significant Pc3 spike indicate a strong seismic event in the coming days. After analysis I have isolated (1-9°N Latitude). Solar symmetry to earth indicates best fit regions for a possible 6.5-6.8 Magnitude Earthquake are: Nicobar Islands-India Region, Northern Sumatra-Indonesia, Molucca Sea, Moro Gulf-Philippines, Mindanao-Philippines, Costa Rica, Panama or Colombia . Likely Time Frame Feb 20-22

Targeting Coronal Hole (CH502) indicates a strong seismic event for the end of this watch period Feb 24-25. After analysis I have isolated (22-27°S Latitude). Solar symmetry to earth indicates best fit regions for a possible 6.8 Magnitude Earthquake are: Loyalty Islands, South Of Fiji, South Of Tonga or the Kermadec Islands Region. Realtime Ionospheric Anomalies this week are: Fiji, Tonga, Samoa in the Pacific Islands, Hawaii, South West Indonesia and the Ryukyu Islands Japan. - Solar Watcher.
WATCH: Volcano / Earthquake Watch Feb 20-25, 2012.


Keep up-to-date on the latest information at the following links:

QUAKE FORECASTING
http://youtube.com/thebarcaroller

QUAKE CHANNEL
http://www.youtube.com/user/EQReporter

SOLAR WATCHER
http://solarwatcher.net

SOHO
http://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/

SOLEN
http://www.solen.info/solar/

SOLAR MONITOR
http://www.solarmonitor.org/

SDO
http://sdo.gsfc.nasa.gov/

SOLAR SOFT
http://www.lmsal.com/solarsoft/latest_events/

SOLAR WIND PREDICTION
http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/wsa-enlil/cme-based/

HELIOVIEWER
http://www.helioviewer.org/

SOLAR HAM
http://www.solarham.com


PLANETARY K INDEX INFO
http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/

GOES XRAY FLUX DATA
http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/rt_plots/xray_5mBL.html

WESTERN PACIFIC WEATHER
http://www.westernpacificweather.com

SPACE WEATHER
http://www.spaceweather.com/




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