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St Patricks Day Solar Flare


A Coronal Mass Ejection(CME), hit Earth's magnetic field this morning at 0600 UT. This event sparked geomagnetic storms and auroras over dozens of northern states. This M1-class solar flare and bright CME, erupted from the Sun's surface on March 15th, and was detected and photographed by SOHO (the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory). In some locations the sky may have even contained some St Pattys day green.

Potential Impacts: Area of impact primarily poleward of 55 degrees Geomagnetic Latitude.
Induced Currents - Power grid fluctuations can occur. High-latitude power systems may experience voltage alarms.
Spacecraft - Satellite orientation irregularities may occur; increased drag on low Earth-orbit satellites is possible.
Radio - HF (high frequency) radio propagation can fade at higher latitudes.
Aurora - Aurora may be seen as low as New York to Wisconsin to Washington state.
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