Wednesday December 9 2020

The sun is waking back up. This new solar cycle has gotten very busy since November. Two days ago on December 7, a strong storm erupted a long duration C7.41 solar flare. This was captured on satellites pointed at the sun from SOHO (Solar and Heliospheric Observatory) and STEREO (Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory).

We have a Geomagnetic Storm Watch through Friday for a strong event, and the chance to view the northern lights near the Pennsylvania and Maryland border.  See the forecast maps and NASA video explaining the Earth’s Aurora below.


Solar Storm Satellite Views

This image was from Monday afternoon. The flare is also called a CME, Coronal Mass Ejection. This is what will send charged particles towards Earth.

Solar Flare December 7 2020



UPDATE: New Information Today (Thu Dec 10)

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Thursday Morning Report And Adjusted Prime Viewing Locations

December 10 Aurora Forecast North America

Geomagnetic Storm Watch

  • The NOAA Space Weather Office has issued this watch through December 11.
  • What was initially expected to be a minor event, appears to be peaking at G3 on Wednesday December 10.
  • This is is considered to be a Strong event.  There can be satellite and radio disruption.
  • The peak of the energy field is expected during our afternoon time, but while Europe is in night.  This will give us an idea of the potency. Enough should still be available for high aurora activity during our nightfall.

There is also expected to be a great show of the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis).

Geomagnetic Storm December 2020





Here is a great look at the CME on video.





Can We See The Northern Lights?

The forecast G3 event with a Planetary K-Index of 7 puts our region right on the edge.  It could be anytime at night, but best away from urban lights with an unobstructed view North!  If it is visible at this latitude, it would likely be low in the sky.

Weather: Our region should remain clear for a few days. See your local forecast page at the bottom of this post.


Northern Lights Forecast December 2020



Forecast Zones

The best regions for viewing will be yellow, green, and blue. This may include dark areas near Chicago, Cleveland, New York, and Boston.  I mean dark, well away from the cities.


Northern Lights December 2020 Visibility



NASA Video: Space Weather and Earth’s Aurora




Also See:

December Climate, Sun Data, Solstice, ISS Flyovers, Moon, Planets, and The Great Conjunction

Winter Solstice noon sun Baltimore



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Winter Outlook Solar Minimum

Early Winter October

Winter Outlook Series Weather Folklore


Winter Outlook 2021 La Nina Advisory

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