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New Hope for the Coming Cycle

Dear <<First Name>>,

Its always a treat when I get to share some highlights going on behind the scenes in this Space Weather community. This week, not only has the Sun given us the strongest indicator yet of the coming Solar Cycle 25, but we also reached a huge milestone with one of our own. The picture above shows me during the thesis defense of Mike Cook, also known as @SpaceWxMike on social media. He is the first ever terrestrial weather forecaster turned professional Space Weather forecaster. I am one of his thesis committee members and it was my honor to bestow a passing grade during his defense just yesterday (that is him pictured on my phone giving his thesis presentation).

So why is this a milestone for our community? Now that Mike has his Masters in Space Science, he will be able to join me in teaching the Space Weather Broadcasting curriculum we are creating at Millersville University. Considering we begin offering courses this December to meteorologists from all over the world, getting him up to speed and credentialed in Space Weather has been a critical endeavor. It may be a personal victory for him, but it is something we can all celebrate. This success means we are one step closer to bringing Space Weather forecasts to your local evening news.

Turning to the forecast this week, the Sun celebrates right alongside us by giving us a new sunspot in the southern hemisphere with Solar Cycle 25 polarity. This sunspot, named 2744, has been more active than previous ones, even firing the first "official" solar flares of the new cycle while in Earth-view. Being the most active and the longest lasting of all the new cycle sunspots we have seen thus far, it definitely is a milestone. The timing couldnt be better. Just as we take a new step forward in creating a field of Space Weather broadcasting, this sunspot gives us a new hope for the coming cycle and for the future of our field.

New Hope for the Coming Cycle | Space Weather News 07.12.2019
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