X-Class Solar Flare – North Central South America

An X Class Solar Flare was released toward Earth and North, Central, South America today at 17:37 UT / 1:37 PM Eastern Time. Per the map above, expect low or no propagation, especially below 30MHz for our immediate part of the world over the next few days.  Additionally, previously released multiple C and G class flares will be impacting Earth beginning March 31. Auroras are expected as far south as Illinois and Oregon. Find out more at https://www.spaceweather.com

 

Resources: 

Solar Flares: https://www.spaceweather.com/glossary/flareclasses.html

Solar Ham – Ham Radio Specific Reporting: https://www.solarham.net

What is a Solar Cycle? https://spaceplace.nasa.gov/solar-cycles/en/

Fast Solar Wind Bookends an Earth-Directed Graze | Space Weather News 12.01.2021

This week we have a partly Earth-directed solar storm sandwiched between two pockets of fast solar wind! The storm on its way will graze us to the south by December 3rd. NASA and NOAA prediction models disagree as to exactly when, but we can expect impact to be sometime between mid-day on December 2 and late December 3. This wide window doesn’t really matter all that much considering this solar storm is already preceded by some minor storming due to the first pocket of fast wind that is hitting now and will be followed by more! This means storming could occur from now until week’s end, especially at high latitudes. We have already jumped to solar storm levels and seen some gorgeous aurora at high latitudes over the past 24 hours and could do so again. As for mid-latitudes, the chances for aurora over the next few days may be sporadic, but conditions will look more favorable as the solar storm arrives. In addition to this activity at Earth, we have had some new active regions emerge on the Sun, which is good news for amateur radio operators. We even have a small chance for an M-class flare, although the possibility is still pretty remote. We will be monitoring the growth of these regions over the next few days in case they turn out to be substantial, but for now, solar flux is hovering near the low 90s. This means marginal to good radio propagation on Earth’s dayside. As for GPS reception, there may be issues near dawn and dusk and near aurora over the course of this week, so stay vigilant if you drive, fly safe if you are a UAV pilot, and calibrate your magnetometers often!