Mar 09

The Space Weather Center just popped this up (out of nowhere); Strong to Severe Geomagnetic Storm may cause blackouts tonight and northern lights in PA.

This Just In . . . STRONG TO SEVERE GeoMagnetic Storm just Started! Aurora Borealis South to Pennsylvania!:

Space Weather Message Code: WARK07
Serial Number: 64
Issue Time: 2016 Mar 06 2245 UTC

WARNING: Geomagnetic K-index of 7 or greater expected
Valid From: 2016 Mar 06 2243 UTC
Valid To: 2016 Mar 07 0500 UTC
Warning Condition: Onset
NOAA Scale: G3 or greater – Strong to Extreme

NOAA Space Weather Scale descriptions can be found at

Potential Impacts: Area of impact primarily poleward of 50 degrees Geomagnetic Latitude.

Induced Currents – Power system voltage irregularities possible, false alarms may be triggered on some protection devices.

Spacecraft – Systems may experience surface charging; increased drag on low Earth-orbit satellites and orientation problems may occur.

Navigation – Intermittent satellite navigation (GPS) problems, including loss-of-lock and increased range error may occur.

Radio – HF (high frequency) radio may be intermittent.

Aurora – Aurora may be seen as low as Pennsylvania to Iowa to Oregon.

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One Response to “STRONG TO SEVERE GeoMagnetic Storm just Started! Aurora Borealis South to Pennsylvania!”

  1. squodgy Says:

    Is this a normal trend or possibly solar disruption from a large outside influence?

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