2014-01-10 12:02 UTC Space Weather Update
The coronal mass ejection (CME) associated with the R3 (Strong) Solar Flare Radio Blackout event from January 7th appears to have only had minor effects on Earth. Initial indications of a weak structure held true for the remainder of the period and the anticipated geomagnetic storming never materialized. While increased activity is still possible, it now appears improbable. The ongoing Solar Radiation Storm remains near the S2 (Moderate) threshold, but continues its trend towards background levels. Region 1944 had no significant flaring and continues to exhibit signs of decay. Updates here as conditions warrant.
There's no way I could have gotten far enough out of the city in the middle of the night to see it anyway. I'm sleep-deprived enough as it is.
Our dawn was interesting, however; one of my kids said "not a good day to go sailing" which made me wonder about her sanity, but then she told me to look at the sky. Red sky at night, sailors' delight; red sky in the morning, sailors take warning. So maybe that was a slight effect?
And yes, the little ditty was accurate: they're predicting rain all afternoon, evening and night. +40º temps, a few days after -40º temps, with a couple feet of hard-packed snow everywhere. This is not going to be pretty. A colorful sky would have been the silver lining, but NOOOOO. Thanks a lot, Sun.