Sunny Sunday

THE AURORAS JUST WON’T STOP: Six days after Earth entered a stream of high-speed solar wind … we’re still inside. The solar wind continues to blow faster than 600 km/s on Oct. 30th. Although it is not as gusty as it was during first contact on Oct. 25th, the relentless pressure of the sun’s electrically charged wind on Earth’s magnetic field is causing the poles to glow with beautiful auroras. Marketa S. Murray sends this picture from Fairbanks, Alaska, on Oct. 29th:


“When you stand there and the whole sky is just dancing overhead, your adrenaline and endorphin get so high,” says Murray. “It’s mind blowing every time it happens. It never gets old, even for an Alaskan!”

Until Earth fully exits this stream, polar auroras remain likely. A good way to follow the action is to tune into a live webcam in Sweden’s Abisko National Park. “We have seen the lights nearly every night in October!” says Chad Blakley of Lights over Lapland, who operates the camera. Watch it now.



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11 Responses to Sunny Sunday

  1. Den says:

    Slow to get going this AM, yawn! Laundry going, TeeVee going, coffee going, donuts gone.


  2. º¿carol says:

    I haven’t seen the aurora in years and years. Of course, I’m not out there in the middle of the night either. Still, I never hear any reports from around here of sightings.

    It was a beautiful day yesterday and I didn’t get any work done outside. I had pruning and mowing, the big jobs. I did, however, put the chairs from our back deck away in the garage, and I put the vacuum tube I use on the pool away in the garage.

    Today, cloudy, cold and last night it rained. I did fill one oiler bird feeder and put my trail cam back out there, on a tree behind the garage. Cooking is what I did, plus I had to run into town. That was it.


  3. º¿carol says:

    I didn’t think that would EVER post. Took forever, then the page was blank so I refreshed and it was posted, and there was another copy in this box so I just exed your site out. Came back and it did post, and the second one is gone.


  4. David B. Benson says:

    Just 22 minutes to the Old Post Office in the rain for a roasted duck breast Sunday dinner.


    • David B. Benson says:

      And back home again, again in the rain, again up College Hill Climb and Maple Street Extension without slowing down; for a first day total of 45 minutes.


      • David B. Benson says:

        At least I arrived home before the downpour started. Hope it ends soon as I still need to go to the grocery store tonight.


        • David B. Benson says:

          It slacked to just hard rain so I went. On the way back it stopped. So I just have damp knees from walking down into the rain; calves dry.


  5. David B. Benson says:

    Traditionally this used to be the time of year for the first, non-sticking snow. Not any time this century.


  6. Den says:

    Rain, lightning, and thunder here today, windy too, it’s supposed to calm down this week.

    8oz top sirloin and potato, veggie medley topped off the weekend.


  7. Den says:

    Simulated weather event:


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