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2014-04-18 13:53 UTC  R2 (Moderate) Solar Flare Activity

Region 2036 produced an impulsive R2 (Moderate) Solar Flare Radio Blackout event at 1303 UTC (9:03 a.m. EDT) on April 18th.  Forecasters are currently awaiting coronograph imagery to assess the coronal mass ejection associated with this event to see what, if any, geomagnetic storming will be expected as a result.  Additionally, there are several regions on the disk with the potential for continued activity, so stay tuned for updates.

The Ovation Aurora Model Goes Operational: The aurora is highly correlated with a number of space weather impacts on systems making forecasting the location and intensity of the aurora important. Satellite navigation (GPS) errors increase. HF radio communication is blocked. And electric power lines receive unwanted extra current. For the last 18 months, the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center and the NOAA National Geophysical Data Center have been testing the Ovation Prime model, developed at Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Lab. Based on the current solar wind conditions upstream of Earth, this model forecasts where and how intense the aurora will be at Earth approximately 30 minutes later. The NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center has transitioned this model into operations thus providing more consistent and reliable products for customers. You can find the new operational Ovation model site here.

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