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Major Flare Today: Sun Kicks Up Biggest Storm in Years

  1. Oct 28, 2003 #1

    Ivan Seeking

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    http://space.com/scienceastronomy/solar_flare_031028.html
     
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  3. Oct 29, 2003 #2

    Kerrie

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    it is interesting...does anyone know what time it hit earth? here on the pacific coast, at 3am i woke up to a huge power surge and then the electricity was out...
     
  4. Oct 29, 2003 #3
    It hit last night around 10 PM PST.
     
  5. Oct 29, 2003 #4

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    Say, I was just curious. How many of you were invited to stay in the US government survival bunker for the elite? It is hoped that we'll be able to rebuild society after the solar disaster wipes out life on the surface. I'm in sector 7-G, look me up.

    Njorl
     
  6. Oct 29, 2003 #5

    Ivan Seeking

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    Sorry Njorl, I had to cut life support to that sector. Before you're gone, here's an update.

    http://space.com/scienceastronomy/solar_flare_031028.html
     
  7. Oct 30, 2003 #6

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    i remember learning in school MANY years ago that the sun directly affected wind...because of this flare up, will we have windy weather ahead?
     
  8. Oct 30, 2003 #7

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    http://hesperia.gsfc.nasa.gov/sftheory/questions.htm#weather

    There is no known relationship between individual solar flares and weather. There is, however, evidence for a relationship between the solar activity cycle and global climate. The best known case is the correlation of a long period of solar inactivity called the Maunder Minimum (1645-1715) with the lowest temperatures recorded during the "Little Ice Age" that occurred from 1500 to 1850. Almost no spots were observed on the Sun during this period. There is evidence for the correlation of other periods of low solar activity with cooler temperatures on Earth as well.
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  9. Oct 31, 2003 #8

    Ivan Seeking

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    Great shot of the Northern Lights: USA Today

    http://www.usatoday.com/weather/news/2003-10-29-new-flare_x.htm
     
  10. Oct 31, 2003 #9

    Ivan Seeking

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    A related story?
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/3221795.stm
     
  11. Oct 31, 2003 #10

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    That is true, but thats got nothing to do with solar flares. Wind is a result of radiative heating of the ground, which naturally occurs on a daily cycle. In the morning, the ground is cool and about the same temperature as the air. And the air is still. By late morning or early afternoon, the ground is heated by the sun to be much warmer than the air. Warm air rises like bubbles in boiling water causing convection currents and wind.
     
  12. Nov 1, 2003 #11

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    We had amazing "northern lights" here in NH on Oct 30. Quite the treat...I had never seen them before.
     
  13. Nov 1, 2003 #12

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    Re: Re: Major Flare Today: Sun Kicks Up Biggest Storm in Years

    Lucky dog! I have looked and looked but no lights on the west coast at the 45th parallel. They were seen up in Washington though.

    I once got to see a glimse of them, way off in the distance, and while at 30,000 feet over Colorado. That's it for me. I would love to see a dramatic display...should have gone to Alaska this week.
     
  14. Nov 2, 2003 #13
    Re: Re: Re: Major Flare Today: Sun Kicks Up Biggest Storm in Years

    Ditto
     
  15. Nov 3, 2003 #14

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    Re: Re: Re: Re: Major Flare Today: Sun Kicks Up Biggest Storm in Years

    This would be a fairly short trip for me, but this would be no small trip from Hong Kong.

    KL, as I understand things, [I saw this on a TV show so who knows?] the japanese believe children concieved under the Aurora are specially blessed. Do the Chinese have any similar beliefs?
     
  16. Nov 5, 2003 #15
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    No, I haven't heard of it. :smile:
    I think the next time when the sun turns so active, I won't mind travelling as close to the north pole as possible so as to witnesses a facinating auroras show.

    By the way, from the pictures in spaceweather.com, the giant group of sunspots is rotating away from us.
     
  17. Nov 6, 2003 #16
    A friend of mine lives in El Paso, TX he said he saw the Northern Lights.
     
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