Geomagnetic Storm Watch Issued - Aurora Borealis Visible Farther South

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25 Mar 2024 1:25 AM

The Space Weather Prediction Center has issued a Geomagnetic Storm Watch through March 25, 2024 while observing SEVERE G4 geomagnetic storming. The forecast expects the G4 status to remain through the first half of March 25th.

So what does this mean? According to the SWPC, when conditions reach SEVERE G4 storm could lead to satellite tracking issues and power voltage problems. These are issues that the general public may not have to worry about, but the appropriate companies that this may affect have likely been notified directly by the SWPC.

This geomagnetic storm continues due to the response of a coronal mass ejection (CME) that was originally observed late March 22, sending small particles Earth's way. Those particles interact with our atmosphere, leading to the jaw-dropping show. The best of that show looks to be late Sunday night through Monday. With G3 to G4 geomagnetic storming, the Aurora can be visible slightly further south tonight.

However, a potent low-pressure system will be in the way of many folks in the Northern High Plains. Cloud cover will make it impossible for many to see the Northern Lights.

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