Charged Particles from Sun heading towards Earth.
When does the Aurora storm watch begin?
The storm watch begins on March 5, 2016 at 3:00:00 PM AKST — in 25 hours and 18 minutes (this info is automatically in your local time)
The storm watch starts at the above time and continues for 24 hours.
Details and Northern Lights Viewing Tips
By JIM THOMAS — Soft Serve News, Posted: March 3, 2016
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Space Weather Prediction Center has issued a 24 hour magnetic storm watch indicating a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) or a high speed solar wind stream emanating from the Sun may be heading towards Earth. These fast moving charged particles can cause a Northern Lights display.
The watch begins at the time indicated above. It should be noted that the beginning of the storm watch does not necessarily predict the arrival time of the aurora-causing particles, rather it indicates that, within that 24 hour period, increased activity is expected. Real-time Aurora Borealis forecasts can be obtained at the Aurora Borealis Forecast page at Soft Serve News.
Big Auroras often happen without warning.
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NOAA estimates the CME or a high speed solar wind stream currently headed towards Earth might produce a Kp number of 5 (Minor), but that’s never fully known until it hits Earth.
Stronger CMEs can sometimes cause trouble for satellites and create problems with electrical grids by inducing currents as the CME cloud interacts with the magnetic field that surrounds the earth. It is this disturbance of the Earth’s magnetic field which is the cause of the Northern Lights. NOAA indicates that minor impacts on satellite operations are possible and weak power grid fluctuations may occur.
The Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis, can range from a faint green glow on the northern horizon to a multicolored, full-sky display which can be one of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring scenes in nature.
To read the full article, please follow this link: Aurora Storm Watch