“One of the largest sunspots in years is rotating over the sun's northeastern limb… Naturally, such a large sunspot has potential for strong flares. NOAA forecasters estimate a 50% chance of M-class solar flares during the next 24 hours. One such eruption has already occured: An M4-flare at 2200 UT on Nov. 2nd produced a bright flash of extreme UV radiation (SDO movie) and hurled a coronal mass ejection (CME) into space. The CME is not heading our way. Future CMEs could have greater effect as AR1339 turns toward Earth in the days ahead…” (Source)
Are we facing weather that will make last winter seem like a walk in the park?
"... The winter of 2010 to 2011 saw several intense superstorms break out across North America and Northern Europe. Meteorological experts are predicting far worse for the 2011 to 2012 winter season. Some regions may be trapped in snowfall of historic proportions. The possibility of being snowbound for up to a week or more will increase.
“…Space weather forecasters are predicting an upswing in solar activity that may result in catastrophes on Earth.
The sun is on the upswing of an 11-year cycle called solar maximum, which is ripe for solar flares. The sun’s volatility is expected to reach an apex sometime in May 2013, said William Murtagh, a space weather scientist with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. Scientists are racing to understand the effects its energy might have on the U.S power grids in hopes that potential cataclysm can be avoided…
“…As a society, we are playing Russian Roulette with the sun,” Kappenman said. “If you play that game too long, you’re going to lose…” (National Defense)
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