Windy With A Chance Of M-Class

sunwaves Windy with a chance of M-classThis is another one of those musical experiments that I make from time to time. The song “Maggot Brain” by the group Parliament contemplated the future of Earth.

Mother Earth is pregnant for the third time
For y’all have knocked her up.
I have tasted the maggots in the mind of the universe
I was not offended
For I knew I had to rise above it all
Or drown in my own shit.
Come on Maggot Brain
Go on Maggot Brain

Windy with a chance of M-class

As I listened to the guitar playing of Eddie Hazel, I recalled the ferocity of nature, of the solar wind, of solar flares. One day the solar weather, the speed and density of the solar wind, the likelihood of solar flares, will be as important as the weather forecast is today. I therefore give you “Windy With A Chance of M-Class”

Today at 0050 UT Jan 15 the Solar wind speed was 387.4 kilometers per second, while the solar wind density was 4.5 protons per cubic centimeter.

The solar wind data (velocity and proton density) are derived from real-time information transmitted to Earth from the ACE spacecraft and reported by the NOAA Space Environment Center. The location of ACE at the L1 libration point between the earth and the sun enables the spacecraft to give about a one hour advance warning of impending geomagnetic activity.

The largest X-ray Solar Flare over the past six hours was a C3 at 2325 UT on January 14. The largest X-ray Solar Flare over the past 24 hours was an M2 at 1258 UT on January 14.

A solar flare is an explosion on the Sun that happens when energy stored in twisted magnetic fields (usually above sunspots) is suddenly released. Flares produce a burst of radiation across the electromagnetic spectrum, from radio waves to x-rays and gamma-rays.

Scientists classify solar flares according to their x-ray brightness in the wavelength range 1 to 8 Angstroms. There are 3 categories: X-class flares are big; they are major events that can trigger planet-wide radio blackouts and long-lasting radiation storms. M-class flares are medium-sized; they can cause brief radio blackouts that affect Earth’s polar regions. Minor radiation storms sometimes follow an M-class flare. Compared to X- and M-class events, C-class flares are small with few noticeable consequences here on Earth.

Someday in the not too distant future, some weatherman will use the phrase “windy with a chance of M-class.”

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