posted on May, 7 2012 @ 08:04 PM
The connection between earth weather and space weather is theory.
The theory is based on geomagnetic storms produced from Coronal Mass Ejections (CME), which are essentially highly-charged gas clouds that were able
to escape the sun's gravity.
The CME usually arrives days afterwards as it is plasma, while the solar flare travels to earth at the speed of light, reaching earth 8 minutes after
the flare on the surface of the sun. With very strong flares, you sometimes have a 'proton event,' which can be harmful to satellites and astronauts
in space, as well as passengers on airliners near the poles.
So the order of events when dealing with solar flares:
1. Solar Flare (X-Ray radiation)
2. Solar Proton Event (If produced, follows flare)
3. Coronal Mass Ejection (arrives days after flare, causes geomagnetic storms)
Now this particular flare, being a low M-Class flare, is probably not strong enough to cause any serious geomagnetic storms. So if there was a
connection between this flare and weather, it would take days for it to manifest. It wouldn't be instant. This is all theoretical of course, no one
actually knows if there is a connection.