Solar Storm Watch WARNING: Geomagnetic G3 Storm or Greater Expected 3-15-23

Solar Storm Watch WARNING Geomagnetic G3 Storm or Greater Expected 3 15 23

NOAA Space Weather Report

NOAA started this morning with another Solar Storm Watch Warning for a Geomagnetic G3 Storm K-index of 7 or greater at 04:25 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) on Wednesday 3-15-23.

In this Solar Maximum cycle Geomagnetic Solar storms affect on the planet and near-earth space could be extremely strong on Wednesday 3-15-23. Affected components could be spacecraft, power grids, navigation systems, and radio systems.

NOAA Space Weather Message Code: WARK07
Serial Number: 87
Issue Time: 2023 Mar 15 0425 UTC

WARNING: Geomagnetic K-index of 7 or greater expected
Valid From: 2023 Mar 15 0425 UTC
Valid To: 2023 Mar 15 1200 UTC
Warning Condition: Onset
NOAA Scale: G3 or greater - Strong to Extreme

Potential Impacts: Area of impact primarily poleward of 50 degrees Geomagnetic Latitude.  
Induced Currents - Power system voltage irregularities possible, false alarms may be triggered on some protection devices.  
Spacecraft - Systems may experience surface charging; increased drag on low Earth-orbit satellites and orientation problems may occur.  
Navigation - Intermittent satellite navigation (GPS) problems, including loss-of-lock and increased range error may occur.  
Radio - HF (high frequency) radio may be intermittent.  
Aurora - Aurora may be seen as low as Pennsylvania to Iowa to Oregon.

NOAA Space Weather Solar Geomagnetic Storm Scale

ScaleDescriptionEffect / Reaction
G5*ExtremePower systems: Some power grid systems may experience complete collapse or blackouts. Transformers may experience damage.
Spacecraft operations: May experience extensive surface charging, problems with orientation, uplink/downlink, and tracking satellites.
Other systems: HF (high frequency) radio transmission may be impossible in many areas for days or more.
G4SeverePower systems: Possible widespread voltage control problems and some protective systems will mistakenly trip out key assets from the grid.
Spacecraft operations: Possible surface charging, tracking, and orientation problems.
Other systems: HF radio propagation is sporadic, satellite navigation is degraded for hours, and low-frequency radio navigation is disrupted.
G3StrongPower systems: Voltage corrections may be required, and false alarms triggered on some protection devices.
Spacecraft operations: Surface charging and drag may increase on low-Earth-orbit satellites, and corrections may be needed for orientation problems.
Other systems: Intermittent satellite navigation and low-frequency radio navigation problems may occur, and HF radio may be intermittent.
G2ModeratePower systems: High-latitude power systems may experience voltage alarms, and long-duration storms may cause transformer damage.
Spacecraft operations: Corrective actions required and possible changes in drag affect orbit predictions.
Other systems: HF radio propagation can fade at higher latitudes.
G1MinorPower systems: Weak power grid fluctuations can occur.
Spacecraft operations: Minor impact on satellite operations possible.
Other systems: Migratory animals are affected at G1 and higher levels.
Table 1: NOAA Space Weather Solar Geomagnetic Storm Scale – *This scale does not include unknown variables of Solar Storms stronger than a G5 level.

Additional Geomagnetic Storm Information

For additional information please see our articles “What To Do Before a G5 or Greater Geomagnetic Storm?” and “Should You Be Worried About Weather-Caused Power Grid Outages?”

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