Sunspot AR 1936 has woken up after several quiet days. It has the energy to produce strong eruptions and has started to crackle with beta-gamma energy, throwing off a decent sized flare. Although not officially ‘sized’ yet it looks to be a hair short of M-class.
As the spot is directly Earth facing the effects of flares will be felt on Earth over the coming days. Tonights offering will cause ionization in the upper atmosphere and little more, but that will not be the case if the activity increases and intensifies.
NOAA has not yet updated their estimate of further flares in light of the activity from AR1936.
Todays sunspot number is 107.
Wind blowing from a coronal hole on the Earth side of the Sun is set to reach us on Jan3-4th.
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