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Geomagnetic Storm Watch Now Upgraded to G2 Level Storm; Northern Lights Heading South

The Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) , a unit of the U.S. Department of Commerce under NOAA,which sits alongside its terrestrial National Weather Service, has upgraded their previously issued Geomagnetic Storm Watch for all of Earth. In addition to expecting G1 storm conditions on Sunday, G2 storm conditions are now expected on Monday. Also, the Planetary K-index which is an indicator of disturbances in the Earth’s magnetic field, is now forecast to spike to a KP level of 6. If this were to materialize, the aurora, also known as Northern Lights, would appear much more south than they usually are.

On Thursday, a sunspot, known as AR2871, experienced two explosive eruptions, each producing a significant M-class solar flare. Solar flares are classified according to their strength, on a B-C-M-X scale. B flares are the smallest while X are the largest. Similar to the Richter scale used to help quantify earthquakes, each letter represents a ten-fold increase in energy output. Within each letter class, there is also a finer scale that usually extends from 1-9. Within the powerful X class of flares, the number could exceed 9 to reflect a massive flare event.

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