Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Geomagnetic Event Commences On Schedule

Space Weather News for Jan. 24, 2012

CME IMPACT: As predicted by analysts at the Goddard Space Weather Lab, a CME hit Earth's magnetic field on Jan. 24 at ~1500 UT (10 am EST).  A geomagnetic storm is brewing in the aftermath of the impact, but as this alert is being written it is too soon to say how weak or strong the storm might be.  High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras after local nightfall; the hours around local midnight are often best for seeing the Northern Lights.  Chances for a good display favor observers in northern Europe, Greenland, Iceland, Canada, Alaska, and possibly northern tier US states such as Maine, Wisconsin and Minnesota.  Check http://spaceweather.com for updates.
Local news media seem awfully excited about this event.  So far, one K index of 4 has been recorded, and HF propagation seems to be holding up.  Keep watching...