From: LARRY KLAES (ljk4_at_msn.com)
Date: Mon Jul 28 2003 - 22:20:57 PDT
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From: Cary Oler
Sent: Saturday, July 26, 2003 4:08 PM
Subject: AstroAlert: Warning for Possible "Northern Lights" Activity
This Is SKY & TELESCOPE's AstroAlert for Sun-Earth Interactions
A s t r o A l e r t
Solar Terrestrial Dispatch
26 July 2003
MIDDLE LATITUDE AURORA WARNING
There is a fair to good chance the "northern lights" may become
visible over middle latitude regions tonight and possibly tommorrow night.
Effects of a well placed solar coronal hole are producing favorable solar
wind conditions that could lead to the development of periods of moderately
strong auroral substorm activity during the next 6 to 48 hours.
A middle latitude aurora warning has been issued and is valid through
tonight and tommorrow. Details follow below.
MIDDLE LATITUDE AURORAL ACTIVITY WARNING
WATCH ISSUED: 18:20 UTC, 26 JULY 2003
VALID BEGINNING AT: EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY
VALID UNTIL: 23:00 UTC (7 pm EDT) ON 28 JULY
HIGH RISK PERIOD: 26 - 27 JULY (UTC DAYS)
MODERATE RISK PERIOD: 26 - 28 JULY
PREDICTED ACTIVITY INDICES: 40, 30, 25, 20 (26 JULY - 29 JULY)
POTENTIAL MAGNITUDE OF MIDDLE LATITUDE AURORAL ACTIVITY: MODERATE
POTENTIAL DURATION OF THIS ACTIVITY: MAIN BELT = 24 TO 48 HOURS
MINOR BELT = 48 TO 72 HOURS
ESTIMATED OPTIMUM OBSERVING CONDITIONS: PRIOR TO AND NEAR LOCAL MIDNIGHT
EXPECTED LUNAR INTERFERENCE: NONE, BECOMING LOW AFTER EARLY MORNING MOONRISE
OVERALL OPPORTUNITY FOR OBSERVATIONS FROM MIDDLE LATITUDES: FAIR TO GOOD
AURORAL ACTIVITY *MAY* BE OBSERVED APPROXIMATELY NORTH OF A LINE FROM...
NORTHERN WASHINGTON STATE TO SOUTHERN MONTANA TO SOUTH DAKOTA TO NORTHERN
IOWA TO NORTHERN ILLINOIS TO NORTHERN INDIANA TO OHIO TO PENNSYLVANIA TO
ACTIVITY *MAY* ALSO BE OBSERVED APPROXIMATELY NORTH OF A LINE FROM...
IRELAND TO UNITED KINGDOM TO NORTHERN NETHERLANDS TO NORTHERN GERMANY TO
SOUTHERN SWEDEN TO LATVIA TO ESTONIA TO NORTHERN RUSSIA.
NEW ZEALAND AND SOUTH EASTERN REGIONS OF AUSTRALIA MAY ALSO OBSERVE
PERIODS OF ACTIVITY.
The leading edge of an anticipated solar coronal hole based disturbance
is producing enhanced solar wind characteristics that should lead to
intensified levels of auroral storming over the next several hours to perhaps
the next 48 hours. There is a good chance some middle latitude locations
could observe periods of activity over the next few days.
This warning will remain valid through 23:00 UTC (7 pm EDT) on
28 July. It will then be updated or allowed to expire. For updated
information, visit: http://www.spacew.com/aurora/forum.html. For real-time
plots of current activity, visit: http://www.spacew.com/plots.html. For
software to make life considerably more "internet friendly", visit:
http://www.spacew.com/swim (Windows XP, 2000 or NT) or
http://www.spacew.com/aurora (Windows 95, 98 or Me).
PLEASE REPORT OBSERVATIONS OF AURORAL ACTIVITY TO:
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