So with my new survival mind set in high gear and my self assurance that something horrible is on the way in the near future. I have been keeping an eye on solar activity. Thanks mainly to NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center.
Over the last few weeks I have tried to keep an open copy of that page open when ever I am sitting at a computer. And check it a few times a day. With the mind set of learn patterns and picking the the terminology. Mainly as a way to know what is going on.
Monday when I got back from lunch I saw that there was a proton wave heading our way… Not knowing what that really meant I did some Googleing around and 1 didn’t think too much about it.
Today I get on Google and look at my news feeds and bam!
Spaceweather.com reported aurora sightings stretching across the United States, from New Mexico and California to Kansas, Iowa, Maryland and New York, yesterday afternoon.
That is a amazing! Northern lights are called that because they don’t often drift that far south.
There is two reasons this happened. One a “large” solar event (or that is how it is being reported). Which according to what I read was not really THAT large, it was a G1 on 1-5 scale. Two, our Magnetic field is on its way to an all time low. So we got hit while we are down. Hence, light show.
As far as I know there wasn’t any major issues caused by the solar fun. But this is just the beginning. We are on a cycle of higher and higher solar activity with our only source of protection becoming weaker and weaker.
Mark my words, auroras will be showing themselves more and more/further and further towards the equator. And I for one am trying to get ready for some of the other less pleasant effects a real solar storm could have on us.
Just saying enjoy the lights. But keep in mind it also is a sign that dangerous times are upon us.