Solar Weather Alert: Incoming CME 10.24.2013

Solar Maximum is not Over.

We are experiencing an active day on the surface of the Sun.

A M1.4 solar flare centered around Sunspot 1875 at 23:43 UTC.

Earth-facing sunspot AR1877 erupted on Oct. 24th at 00:30 UT (Oct. 23rd at 5:30 pm PDT), producing an M9-class solar flare. A flash of extreme UV radiation from the flare ionized Earth's upper atmosphere and created a brief HF radio blackout on the sunlit side of the planet.

Photo: Flaring continues around Sunspot 1875 at 00:09 UTC. The Solar X-Rays are currently above M3.0. More to follow.
UPDATE: The latest solar flare event looks to have topped out at M9.3. Stay tuned as the active region continues to churn out solar flares.

A strong solar flare nearing X1.0 is now in progress.

A geomagnetic storm watch has been issued by the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center. A CME resulting from a filament eruption is expected to skirt past Earth on October 25th. Minor geomagnetic storming at very high latitudes might be possible should the plasma cloud deliver a glancing blow.

WATCH: Geomagnetic Storm Category G1 Predicted
Highest Storm Level Predicted by Day:
Oct 24: None (Below G1) Oct 25: G1 (Minor) Oct 26: None (Below G1)
Potential Impacts: Area of impact primarily poleward of 60 degrees Geomagnetic Latitude.
Induced Currents - Weak power grid fluctuations can occur.
Spacecraft - Minor impact on satellite operations possible.
Aurora - Aurora may be visible at high latitudes, i.e., northern tier of the U.S. such as northern Michigan and Maine.

A wise man prepares for the darkness, while a fool plays. Don’t get caught playing.

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