JUPITER-SIZED HOLE - SpaceWeather.com: A magnetic filament curling around the sun's southwestern limb erupted during the early hours of Feb. 27th. As it flew away, it formed a loop of plasma big enough to pass the entire planet Jupiter. (Croquette anyone?).
This eruption brings to an end a stunningly beautiful prominence that amateur astronomers had been monitoring for days. Hopefully, they'll continue looking because a new prominence appears to be forming from the debris....click SpaceWeather.com link for more inc. Video
LIMA (Reuters) - Hundreds of small earthquakes have shaken the earth around the Sabancaya volcano in southern Peru over just a few days and the rumbling, along with plumes of smoke spewing up to 320 feet high, have put officials on alert to evacuate the area.
Peru's geological agency Ingemmet recorded some 536 quakes, about 20 an hour, on February 22 and 23 and periodic movement is ongoing.
Thousands of people live in the valleys surrounding the volcano. Some have already started to leave the region because the unusual seismic activity has damaged their homes. About 80 homes were damaged by one temblor on February 22, Peru's national defense office said....
..Ingemmet said the volcano has been releasing huge smoke trails intermittently since January 15 and current seismic activity is similar to that which accompanied an eruption in 1986.
ve3en1 - SolarHam.com via YouTube: Here is a new video I put together showing the aftermath of a farside eruption near Sunspot 1678 and a large CME it generated. The first couple of videos by STEREO Behind show magnetic loops towering above active region 1678 following the eruption just as it is about to come into view of the STEREO-B satellite. The second video by STEREO Ahead COR2 captures the full halo CME heading almost directly towards that spacecraft.
There are indicators (Cyclone "Rusty") that there has been Solar Activity present in the Earth's atmosphere for a couple of days already, so with this latest Solar episode I expect a lot more to happen any time soon....stay tuned for more
TROPICAL Cyclone Rusty is sitting menacingly over the Pilbara, bringing extremely heavy rainfall and very dangerous winds to a vast swathe of the West Australian coast.
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a cyclone warning for coastal areas from Bidyadanga to Mardie including Port Hedland, Karratha and Dampier, and adjacent inland areas of the Pilbara, including Marble Bar, Nullagine and Millstream.
The State Emergency Service says communities between Pardoo and Whim Creek, including Port Hedland and South Hedland are on a red alert and people need to go to shelter immediately.
A yellow alert has been extended inland to include Marble Bar as well as communities between Wallal and Pardoo.
The Bureau of Meteorology predicts the system to intensify to a Category 4 system, equal to Cyclone Tracy which obliterated Darwin, in the next 24 hours before the eye of the storm crosses the coast tomorrow.
The nation's midsection again dealt with blizzard conditions Monday, the storm bringing hurricane-force winds to the Texas Panhandle, closing highways and knocking out power to thousands in Texas and Oklahoma.
Kansas, already under a deep snowpack from last week's snowstorm, was on high alert as the system headed north and east Monday evening and overnight.
The storm is blamed in the death of a 21-year-old man whose SUV hit an icy patch on Interstate 70 in northwestern Kansas and overturned Monday.
Blizzard warnings were in effect for the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles, as well as southern Kansas through early Tuesday morning, while Arkansas and Louisiana saw watches and warnings for severe thunderstorm and tornadoes.
The storm is forecast to track north and east, prompting winter storm warnings for southern and eastern Kansas and the upper half of Missouri.
From the above TropicalStormRisk.com chart it looks as if the recent Tropical Storm Seventeen has now been officially named as "Rusty" and is due to be a Cyclone CAT2 sometime tomorrow.
Our crude Solar Activity indicator looks to be pointing at this event as the start of the SECOND February Piers Corbyn "R5" event and we should see an enhancement to storm events around the world any time soon...more to follow
Tropical storm Rusty is forecast to strike Australia as a tropical cyclone at about 06:00 GMT on 26 February.Data supplied by the US Navy and Air Force Joint Typhoon Warning Centersuggest that the point of landfall will be near19.3 S,118.5 E.Rusty is expected to bring 1-minute maximum sustained winds to the region of around 175 km/h (109 mph).Wind gusts in the area may be considerably higher.
According to the Saffir-Simpson damage scale the potential property damage and flooding from a storm ofRusty'sstrength (category 2)...click trust.org/alertnet/news/ link for more
After contacting Piers Corbyn about this development, he agreed that the Tropical Storm "power up" may well have pointed to his original forecast underestimating this period, and that with the benefit of hindsight the period should have been at least an "R4" period and NOT "R3".
As there was an expectation of storm enhancements to take place around the world in this time frame due to the Solar Activity, I noticed in Southern Europe there were the effects of a "Cut Off" low going on due to changes in the Jet Stream location. As expected this brought some major storm development for the Mediterranean areas. We will never know for sure if these events were made worse as a result of being in an "R4" period. One thing is for certain...the more these events are found to be in high level "R" periods the more likely there are the results of Solar activity and NOT from "Man Made" co2.
According to the latest report from SpaceWeather.com yesterday had the "most intense Solar Flare of the Year". So, a little earlier then usual, I thought I would post the remainder of the Piers Corbyn February "Red Warning" to see how this all pans out.
As a rule of thumb we would normally see these major solar events coincide in "R4+" periods, the question is has the Sun not played to the rules set out by Piers Corbyn or will the "most intense Solar Flare of the Year" have little or no effect. Those of you who follow these reports would point out that these solar events depend on a "Earth facing" coronal hole to influence our climate. This then can be regarded as a good case study....a major solar event in a R2 period and also with a "Earth facing" coronal hole!
I note from the Spaceweather.com article that....Coronagraph images from SOHO and the twin STEREO probes show that this explosion did not produce a coronal mass ejection (CME). Nevertheless, there were some Earth-effects. UV radiation from the flare produced a wave of ionization in Earth's upper atmosphere
As expected Cyclone "Gino" has hit CAT2, and it also happened at the start of the February "R5" Period. It looks to be placed in a safe part of the Ocean away from high populated areas, and unlike the recent Cyclones that have gone to this level and upwards, I'm glad to report the long term forecast for this is to dissipate sooner then later...more to follow....image via TropicalStormRisk.com