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Space Weather Forecasters Surprised By Strong Solar Storm

Not for six years has such a powerful solar storm struck the Earth and it left space-weather men stunned in surprise.


(Space weather map: Alert! NOAA declares G4 solar storm)

U.S. space weather forecaster Tamitha Skov explained to Space.com in an email why the space weather community got it so wrong with this latest storm.

"These nearly invisible storms launch much more slowly than eruptive CMEs and are very difficult to observe leaving the sun's surface without specialized training," she said, adding that the stealth CMEs can also be "camouflaged" by other, more dense structures emanating from the sun, which makes them difficult to observe.

"This is why they are the cause of "problem geomagnetic storms" like the G4-level storm we are in now." Skov continued.

( Via Space.com.)

Fortunately, science fiction authors gave us the term space-weather men seventy years ago; see this reference from Revenge of the Robots by Lawrence Chandler:

Space-weather men had been placed at their disposal, had plotted their course to take advantage of weather. The four-hundred-inch scope on Rainer had been used for three months previous...

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