"The stories are overblown," said “Space Weather Woman” Dr. Tamitha Skov. "Indeed a solar storm is hitting Earth now due to some fast solar wind from a coronal hole that has rotated into the earth-strike zone this week, but storming is expected to be mild and sporadic, causing minor inconveniences for GPS users, emergency responders, and amateur radio operators," she said.
Stereo A shows there is not much activity on the “backside” of the Sun, as we are approaching Solar Minimum. We have a spotless Sun with low flux, but solar winds are very strong.
Learn the real story about the strength of the solar storm hitting thus far, where and when it’s possible to see auroras, catch up on photos from the last solar storm, and see and what else the Sun has in store this week in Dr. Tamitha Skov’s latest Solar Storm Forecast:
See video on You Tube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=99&v=V-DK43Rx0Xo
(The current video is worth watching just for the colourful pics of auroras!)
Some observers are still predicting a 'huge' / 'massive' / 'major' geomagnetic storm on March 18 - there is a 27-day geomagnetic storm forecast with a minor G1 storm on the 18th.
Credit for Featured Image: Geoeffective coronal hole on March 13, 2018. Credit: NASA/SDO