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Keeping it Active

Dear <<First Name>>,

Surprisingly, our Sun continues to stay busy-- perhaps it missed the solar minimum memo? The latest blast of fast solar wind hitting Earth this week has already caused us to reach active conditions and we have a few more days under its influence before things calm back down. Although not at storm level, aurora over the past few days has been reported as far south as Germany in Europe and as far south as Michigan in the USA. Special thanks to Cornelius B and Martin D for these insider field reports!

Even though we are getting auroral propagation with this storm on Earth's nightside, sustained communication via amateur radio continues to suffer on Earth's dayside. We will have to wait nearly another week for a new bright region to rotate into view and boost the solar flux. We might see radio propagation improve slightly at the beginning of next week. At least GPS/GNSS users should continue to enjoy decent reception on Earth's dayside.

Finally, I want to personally say THANKS for all the wonderful feedback I have gotten on my Patreon rewards tiers. I have been slammed preparing for a trip to Belgium this week and I still have some emails to write in response to your insightful suggestions and encouraging comments. So if you haven't yet received a response from me, it is coming! By the way, next week I will be doing my forecast remotely. This means I have to leave my production camera behind (showed in the picture) and go "low-tech." Its always an adventure!


A Spotless Sun Brings Aurora: Solar Storm Forecast 07-25-2018

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