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SPACE WEATHER WOMAN

So Slow Is Not So


Dear <<First Name>>,

Has it seemed so long since I've written? It has to me. I've been itching to get a chance to update you on everything going on, but with the new school year beginning, and me needing to teach two courses on Space Weather at Millersville University this semester, I feel so short on time. Luckily, this pinch will only last this semester, when we will finally get our Space Weather graduate program on a permanent schedule that allows me to teach only one class per semester. Till then, I must admit to being a bit overwhelmed. In the end, Im sure I will consider all of this activity a good thing, but for now all I can do is hold on and take things one moment at a time.

Just to let you know some of the new things around the corner are a recent invitation to give a Space Weather talk at the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) next month and a request to give an invited talk at the American Meteorological Society (AMS) meeting in January. If that weren't enough, I've also been asked to be a team leader on the Extreme Environment planning meetings for the Artemis mission. This is the NASA mission for human colonization on the Moon by 2024, but WOW, that is a lot of work. I honestly don't think I can do it right now. Perhaps next semester, when my teaching duties have subsided. I'll be sure to keep you apprised on my progress on all fronts.

As for the forecast this week, we had a solar storm that was expected to hit Earth, but it missed us. Of course, it turned out to be a really big solar storm, but it passed east of Earth and hit one of our solar wind monitors instead. This left us once again lamenting the slow start of our new solar cycle-- that is until one realizes that if the storm had hit Earth, we surely would have had hit G2 (moderate storm) levels. Hitting G2-levels would have been problematic for the recent Starlink satellite launch and for those dealing with Hurricane Laura hitting the Texas and Louisiana coast around this time.  So, while I feel badly for aurora photographers, Im grateful the storm missed, as there are many who cannot afford poor GPS reception and unreliable emergency HF communications during the aftermath of Hurricane Laura's passage right now.

These thoughts help ground me in the realization that while it may seem as if things are so slow to ramp up, perhaps it is not so. From what has already been sent, I am reminded that it wont be long before the Sun will send us something we won't have the option to miss.

Cheers,
Tamitha
 
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