STRONG GEOMAGNETIC STORM IN PROGRESS
June 8, 2000 NOAA reports that a strong geomagnetic storm began at 5:09 a.m. EDT on Thursday, June 8, when the storm reached Earth's magnetic field. The storm is rated a category G3 on the NOAA Space Weather Scales. The storm is a consequence of the major flare and coronal mass ejection (CME) that occurred on Tuesday, June 6 and is expected to continue through June 9, then gradually subside. The storm is being monitored by NOAA's Space Environment Center in Boulder, Colo. (Animation of the sun was made from imges taken by the NASA/European Space Agency SOHO satellite from June 6-8, 2000.)
This storm may cause some or all effects on the following: power system grids may require voltage corrections, false alarms may be triggered on protection devices, and high "gas-in-oil" transformer readings may occur; spacecraft may experience surface charging, increased drag, and orientation problems may need corrections; HF (high-frequency) radio propagation may be intermittent; intermittent low-frequency radio navigation and satellite navigation problems may occur.
As geomagnetic activity increases, the possibility of viewing the Aurora Borealis, or northern lights, is more likely. When geomagnetic activity is very high, the Aurora may be seen at mid and low latitude locations around the Earth that would otherwise rarely experience the polar lights.
Further considerations on viewing
the Aurora are the weather conditions (a clear night) at your
location, and light pollution from city lights, full moon and
so forth. Also remember that the Aurora can be seen from your
location even though it may not be overhead. The Aurora is easily
visible even when its boundary is 4 or 5 degrees polward of your
location. For example, if you were located in Washington, DC,
or Boston, Mass., you would be able to see the Aurora if it were
over Toronto, Canada. The best viewing time for Aurora is around
your local Midnight.