First, I apologize to my regular readers for the long absence of articles. We are working on a major piece we hope to have published shortly. However as we continue to monitor the important geophysical situations globally and astronomically, we have an urgent message and warning, especially for those who rely heavily on communications , especially satellite uplinks.
We have observed A powerful solar flare reaching X5.4 peaked at 00:24 UTC early Monday morning. This flare is the second largest flare of this solar cycle and it is geo-positioned to have a significant earth impact. The flare was centered around Sunspot 1429 and produced a bright CME.
This flare was generated as we said from Sunspot #1429 which has been the most violently active magnetic disturbance we seen to date is this cycle. Prior to spawning this monster flare, #1429 has already produced a number of M-Class flares and a few X-Class flares as well, but the area had not rotated into a position to significantly impact the Earth. However, it is just beginning its rotation to a geo-effective position, so we can possibly have several more days of this intense activity.
The pressure is already building on the earth.
For most of us, this is probably just going to be an opportunity to see the “Northern Lights”. However, expect some major communications disruptions, especially during the day on March 8th, and if you believe some theorist, we can also expect some major seismic event somewhere during this same time. Our concern extends into the future, as this sunspot has really gotten some teeth and is demonstrating its willingness to show them.
We will keep everyone posted as we monitor this situation further. It may also be a good idea to run generator checks and battery testing, etc. Just in case.