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Severe solar storm surprises scientists, wows skywatchers with colorful aurorae

Severe solar storm surprises scientists, wows skywatchers with colorful auroraebaltimoresun.com

By Scott Dance

bal-wx-severe-geomagnetic-storm-hits-earth-cou-001Two bursts of charged matter that spewed from the sun’s surface Sunday were forecast to sideswipe the Earth with minor solar winds late Tuesday night. Instead, they arrived in the morning as a severe solar storm that created dramatic shows of the Northern Lights expected to continue into early Wednesday, potentially as far south as Baltimore. A solar storm rated a four on a scale of five arrived at 10 a.m. eastern time Tuesday, lighting up the pre-dawn skies in the northern United States with the aurora borealis and creating

concerns of power grid disruptions and GPS interference, though no major problems were reported. The auroras were spotted around the globe, and if the solar storm’s strength held up, were expected to be visible unusually far south across the United States. Read Full Article