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SCI/TECH: NOAA Issues Space Weather WARNING

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posted on May, 16 2005 @ 05:25 AM
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On a scale of 0-9 this is a 9 event. Significant disruption of electrical power and communications is possible if not probable.
 



www.noaanews.noaa.gov
May 15, 2005 — Forecasters at the NOAA Space Environment Center in Boulder, Colo., observed a geomagnetic storm on Sunday, May 15, which they classified as an extreme event, measuring G-5—the highest level—on the NOAA Space Weather Scales. (Click image for larger view of the sun from the SOHO spacecraft of the intense solar activity taken May 15, 2005, at 7:50 a.m. EDT. Click here to view high resolution version, which is a large file. Click here to view latest images. Please credit “SOHO.”)

"This event registered a 9 on the K-Index, which measures the maximum deviation of the Earth's magnetic field in a given three-hour period," said Gayle Nelson, lead operations specialist at NOAA Space Environment Center. "The scale ranges from 0 to 9, with 9 being the highest. This was a significant event."




Please visit the link provided for the complete story.


This even is somewhat scary because the specific impacts of such a large scale event are not always known or understood. Communications and electrical power distribution are typical problems but there is some evidence of a correlation to large scale earthquakes. Perhaps even volcano events.

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[edit on 16-5-2005 by Xenersys]




posted on May, 16 2005 @ 05:30 AM
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uhhh....excuse me?

"Perhaps even a large earthquake from geomagnetic distress. "

?
?

Is this a personal postulation?



posted on May, 16 2005 @ 05:38 AM
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Just a theory among a small group of geologist. Those whom do not think in aeons but in large geological and "fast" events. Time will tell in the next few hours or days.



posted on May, 16 2005 @ 05:39 AM
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I always worry about the guys on the space station when these things happen.


Spacecraft operations may experience extensive surface charging; problems with orientation; uplink/downlink and tracking satellites. Satellite navigation may be degraded for days, and low-frequency radio navigation can be out for hours.


By the way, have you seen the pics taken of the Aurora Borealis from SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA!


This is a biggy!



posted on May, 16 2005 @ 05:46 AM
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I agree.

This is a BIG Storm!

So - when do we start feeling the Effects of it?

Looks really scary - like the Sun is going to Blow UP!




posted on May, 16 2005 @ 06:09 AM
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I live on the prairies of Canada and while outside last night I noticed a great display of Aurora Borealis .It was galluping acroos the northern sky in green ,orange and blue colours.Some parts of it was very light like early morning when it first starts to get light.It was beautiful.



posted on May, 16 2005 @ 06:15 AM
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Man .. I ALWAYS miss the Northern Lights when they happen.
I have never seen them and that is the one thing I really want
to do in my life before I die.

Geeeze I wish there was a telephone alert system or something
in place to call people to say 'hey ... wake up and look outside'.



posted on May, 16 2005 @ 06:16 AM
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NASA's Obital Tracking link to the International Space Station is down at the moment.

Sanc'.



posted on May, 16 2005 @ 06:18 AM
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www.sec.noaa.gov...

This is a great link. I check it often - trying to catch the
Northern Lights which have escaped me.

Yep. It says we are at a '9' and it shows when the
Northern Lights are possible ... all the way down to
Tennessee as I write this. Hope it holds for tonight
and the sky is clear!



posted on May, 16 2005 @ 06:21 AM
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NASA's Obital Tracking link to the International Space Station is down at the moment.

Sanc'.


Well, there you have it. Hope all goes well in this deal. I always get the tummy-aches when big ones like this hit while we have people up there.



posted on May, 16 2005 @ 07:57 AM
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speaking of northern lights i saw them for the first time in my life it was so awsome to see it for yourself.
i live just outside of chicago and the funny thing is that i was at work and i had to take a -P- (i work for the state on the midnight shift and was on the road at the time) looked up and noticed this strange clouds with sweet looking green lights flowing it was sweet i hand to call my wife woke her up and she thanked me for the wake up call.



posted on May, 16 2005 @ 09:28 AM
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Originally posted by Xenersys
..... Communications and electrical power distribution are typical problems but there is some evidence of a correlation to large scale earthquakes. Perhaps even volcano events.

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[edit on 16-5-2005 by Xenersys]


Good Post. Where can I find information on evidence of correlation to large scale earthquakes. Perhaps even volcano events?



posted on May, 16 2005 @ 10:20 AM
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Originally posted by Astronomer68
Good Post. Where can I find information on evidence of correlation to large scale earthquakes. Perhaps even volcano events?


Link

www.geocities.com...

www.sunspot.noao.edu...

www.nasca.org.uk...

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posted on May, 16 2005 @ 10:33 AM
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Originally posted by Astronomer68
Perhaps even volcano events?


There is some volcanic activity happening in the Galapagos Islands at the moment.
This 'group' of islands are very close to the equator.

The Republic of Ecuador is a country in northwestern South America, bounded by Colombia on the north, by Peru on the east and south, and by the Pacific Ocean on the west. The country also includes the Galápagos Islands (Colón Archipelago) in the Pacific, about 965 km (about 600 mi) west of the mainland. Named after the the Spanish word for equator, Ecuador straddles the equator and has an area of 272,045 sq km (105,037 sq mi).





The Galápagos Islands are an archipelago of some 13 volcanic islands and associated islets and rocks located in the Pacific Ocean about 1,000 kilometers west of the coast of South America. The Galápagos archipelago is politically part of Ecuador. The oldest of the islands are about 4 million years old and the youngest are still in the process of being formed. Indeed,the Galápagos islands are considered to be one of the most active volcanic areas in the world.



Also, the Live Internet Seismic Server is spiking at the moment.

Sanc'.



posted on May, 16 2005 @ 11:01 AM
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Solar storm may disrupt communications
Possible impacts from such a geomagnetic storm include:


Widespread power system voltage control problems; some grid systems may experience complete collapse or blackouts. Transformers may experience damage.


Spacecraft operations may experience extensive surface charging; problems with orientation; uplink/downlink and tracking satellites.


Satellite navigation may be degraded for days, and low-frequency radio navigation can be out for hours.

Reports received by the NOAA Space Environment Center indicate that such impacts have been observed in the United States.

NOAA forecasters said the probability of another major event of this type is unlikely, however, other minor level (G-1) geomagnetic storms are possible within the next 24 hours.

"There is a geomagnetic storm on the sun and that sometimes affects our satellite usage on Earth and in space," WKMG Local 6 meteorologist Larry Mowry said.

Mowry said a loss of signal on televisions or satellite radios can be expected at different times during the day.


I just experienced some minor problems, not sure if it is related, I'm getting a bit of static on some of my tv channels, pics show fine then a bit of static, and it recovers
(i have digital cable btw)

so far the cellphone still seems to be operational and functional.



posted on May, 16 2005 @ 11:15 AM
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Hay, maybe that is why the computer network went down at my husbands office today. None of his employees can do a darn thing, because everything went down. Someone is there now trying to figure out why.



posted on May, 16 2005 @ 11:16 AM
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The article said that a G5 is unlikely to happen. The possibility is. a G1 in the next 24 hours.



posted on May, 16 2005 @ 11:17 AM
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Originally posted by sanctum
There is some volcanic activity happening in the Galapagos IslandsSanc'.


That volcanic activity started at least last week, if not a little bit earlier. Thus, it is not related in a casual manner to this solar storm. As you also mentioned, this is one of the most geologically active areas in the world. Even if it became active after the storm (which it didn't), it would only be a correlation, probably a false one, not a casual connection.



posted on May, 16 2005 @ 12:06 PM
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Originally posted by Xenersys

Originally posted by Astronomer68
Good Post. Where can I find information on evidence of correlation to large scale earthquakes. Perhaps even volcano events?


Link

www.geocities.com...

www.sunspot.noao.edu...

www.nasca.org.uk...

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Well, I just waded through all of the links, associated links and articles those links provided and I've got to say that personally I find at most a very weak correlation that in all likelihood is only coincidence. The second link you provided above was the only one that made any real sense to me. It was well written and reasonably well researched (given that it was done in a relatively rushed manner), and I'm pleased we came to the same conclusion. I still think this is a good post, but the earthquake/volcano correlation stuff is really only speculation (in my opinion).



posted on May, 16 2005 @ 01:27 PM
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Originally posted by rg73
Even if it became active after the storm (which it didn't), it would only be a correlation, probably a false one, not a casual connection.


rg73, this isn't a one night stand. The storm and its effects are not over yet.

Sanc'.



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