Geomagnetic Storm Watch issued for Monday/Tuesday

Collaborator: Brittany Harlow
Published: 09/28/2020, 10:10 AM
Edited: 03/11/2021, 10:22 AM
(NATIONAL) The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and National Weather Service Space Weather Prediction Center issued a G2 (moderate) Storm Watch for Monday and Tuesday. The Space Storm Center said geomagnetic storm conditions were observed on Monday, “Due to the influence of a positive polarity coronal hole/high speed stream”. A geomagnetic storm is defined as “a major disturbance of Earth's magnetosphere that occurs when there is a very efficient exchange of energy from the solar wind into the space environment surrounding Earth.” Experts said possible negative implications of these types of storms include extra drag on satellites in low-earth orbit, modification of radio signal paths, errors in the positioning information provided by GPS, disruption of navigation systems such as the Global Navigation Satellite System and harmful geomagnetic induced currents in the power grid and pipelines. Click here for more information:


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