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Good morning News Viewers, Monday once again, the 18th day of July, 2022, and we’re on the planet Earth watching the day begin or end, depending on your hemisphere.

This is Monday’s Open Thread on News Views, no topic is the topic, anything goes within reason, as usual. The news of the day here is often environmental — and a Solar Flare is on the schedule for tomorrow. Why does that matter to us? The flare will be big enough to cause disruptions in GPS, radio and the atmosphere as evidenced by Auroras.

A Direct Hit is predicted by the space weather woman, Dr. Tamitha Skov. A snake-like filament launched as a big solar storm while in the Earth-strike zone.(see 5 second clip below of red sun). “NASA predicts impact early July 19. Strong Aurora shows possible with this one, deep into mid-latitudes,” Skov explained.

She said there could be disruption to GPS and amateur radio.

Less than an hour later she posted a five-second video of the sun. “The long snake-like filament cartwheeled its way off the Sun in a stunning ballet,” she wrote. “The magnetic orientation of this Earth-directed solar storm is going to be tough to predict. G2-level (possibly G3) conditions may occur if the magnetic field of this storm is oriented southward!” she explained.

Aurora Borealis

LEt’s talk about it — the happenings here on earth and the nudges from the atmosphere to remind us the atmo has plans if its own…….what’s on your mind?

NOAA Raw Story