All posts by Charles Baldridge

Charles Baldridge a data scientist with a passion for studying space weather and chasing the northern lights. He has been lucky enough to see aurora in person on multiple occasions in his hometown of Burlington Vermont.

Aurora Watch for January 8th, 2014

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The Aurora Gods came together today.   The Sun has been super-active over the last couple days.   Sunspot 1944 is now at beta-delta-gamma, and produced an x-class flare today.  The Space Weather Prediction Center posted a watch for tonight with a possible Kp = 5, and a watch for tomorrow night for a G2 storm with Kp values up to 6.  SWPC has hinted that we may hit Major Storm Level on the January 9th. The timing of this potential storm is perfect, it should be clear across most of the north eastern United States. However, the Midwest is more likely to have clouds thanks to waning the Polar Vortex.

Yea – I’m excited, this is the best setup since the night we saw the Aurora in Malletts Bay.

— Charles