SWEET LIGHTS: For reasons not fully understood by forecasters, a disturbance rippled through Earth’s magnetic field on Feb. 14th. Perhaps it was Cupid’s arrow. The impact sparked some sweet lights around the Arctic Circle:
“On several occasions the sky was full of auroras from horizon to horizon,” says photographer and aurora tour guide Chad Blakley of Abisko National Park, Sweden. “We had many happy couples celebrating with us tonight. Most of our guests agreed that it was the best Valentine’s day that they had ever shared together.”
There has been some speculation that the display was caused by a CME, launched from the sun on Feb. 10th and reaching Earth on Feb. 14th. However, there is no clear signature of a CME impact in local solar wind data.
Update: Geomagnetic activity intensified even more on Feb. 15th when the interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) near Earth tilted south, opening a crack in Earth’s magnetic field. Solar wind poured in and fueled a G1-class geomagnetic storm, underway now .
NASA’s IMAGE satellite flying through crack in Earth’s magnetic field
breach strip – spaceweather
Inquiring minds may want to know that HAARP’s website is currently hosed:
Is HAARP creating airglow? Is the geomagnetic storm interrupting their website? Are toolboxes like myself flooding their website participating in a denial of service attack? Lulz. Savvy pie-eaters may remember the HAARP website disappeared during the infamous March 11, 2011 Fukushima quake. I hope these instruments come back online soon so I can verify HAARP was not active during this “mysterious” storm.