Aftermath of Hurricane Lane & A New Cycle Begins: Solar Storm Forecast 08-30-2018



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This week was an unbelievable week for space weather. A G3-level solar event conspired with Hurricane Lane and set the stage for what became a “perfect storm.” These storms might have well been twins! Both storms hit nearly simultaneously, and both storms lingered, exacerbating storm conditions for many hours. If Lane had truly made landfall, the results could have been more disastrous, but as it were its slow speed and Category 4 intensity were enough to cause massive flooding on the big island, leaving some people stranded and without the comforts of home. Had the situation been worse, amateur radio operators would have been a life line of communications. But that would have proven difficult as the massive solar storm was already knocking out communications on emergency radio frequencies for many hours. Perfect storms like these don’t come very often, but when they do, you never forget! Learn how many ways this massive solar storm impacted Earth, catch up on aurora photos during the storm, and see why more and more scientists are saying solar cycle 25 is just around the corner!

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Aurora Photography:
Rayann Elzein, Lapland, Finland:

A. Lindberg, Västerbotten, Sweden:

Kirill Bakanov, Barents Sea, Russia:

Grimm, Scotland:

Scott Rock, Lake Huron, Ontario, Canada:

Kim Hines, near Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada:

Sean Norman, Yellowknife, Canada:

Ron Risman TimelapseWorkshops, Maine, USA:

Craig Birnie, South Dakota, USA:

Isaac, Mowhawk, Michigan, USA:

Derick Wilson, Paradox Valley, Colorado, USA:

Ian Griffin, Dunedin, NZ:

Anne-Marie Gutschlag, Invercargill, NZ:

Amateur Radio and GPS reports:
Jonathan M0JSX, Reading, England:

James Pastorfield KB7TBT, USA:

GPS: Louis Haskett, Arkansas, USA:

None of this would be possible without the hard work and dedication of those who have provided all of this data for public use.

Images c/o NASA/ESA/CSA (most notably the superb SDO, SOHO, ACE, STEREO, CCMC, JPL & DSN teams, amazing professionals, hobbyists, institutions, organizations, agencies and amateurs such as those at the USAF/HAARP, NICT, NOAA, USGS, Environment Canada, Natural Resources Canada, Intellicast, Catatania, rice.edu, wisc.edu, sonoma.edu ucalgary.ca, rssi.ru, ohio-state.edu, solen.info, and more. Thanks for making Space Weather part of our every day dialogue.

27 thoughts on “Aftermath of Hurricane Lane & A New Cycle Begins: Solar Storm Forecast 08-30-2018

  1. I've only given one other standing ovation for a YouTube video. This is the second. You absolutely nailed this report. I can't thank you or your contributers enough. You are a true voice in scientific journalism. Keep up the great work.

  2. Tamatha
    Did you read my email and last few comments?

    Any thoughts on my accurate predictions of the geophysical effects of this storm and the subsequent ramp up of tropical storm activities and strengths?

    Look at the quarter million people evacuated in Japan, from the typhoon predicted from this geomagnetic storm!
    This is not theory. It is science with tested hypothesis and empirical proof!

    I've tried to be polite and rational. Why doesn't that work on you? Too much effort to research a bit? Aren't solar plasma physicists expert researchers? What's the problem here?

    How many times does this have to occur after being predicted, for you folks to objectively look at the evidence?

    You say you want to learn… But frankly, I'm not seeing it.
    I think you are incapable of suspending your disbelief long enough to objectively look at anything that contradicts your education and understanding, as far as Solar plasma physics is concerned. Understandable but not at all objective.

    At Least read up on Alfvein's predictions… He did win the Nobel Prize ya know!

  3. Cycle 24 has another year. The solar polar magnetic fields have to reverse and stay there. This cycle went back and forth three times before reversing completely at its onset. Do you actually predict this is the start of 25?
    Why? What is your reasoning?

    As for the hurricane invigorating. I suggest you read The Weatherman's Guide to the Sun. Second edition being released now. It will toss your understanding on it head.

    This invigoration was predicted. I posted that on your last video.

  4. Tamitha, Ben with SuspiciousObservers says this is definitely not the beginning of Solar Cycle 25. What is your reasoning for it being Solar Cycle 25? Just trying to catch both sides. Have a great day and keep up the good work!

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