I lived in Lincolnshire, England for the first 25 years of my life and never saw or even heard of the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) ever appearing, as far as I remember, that far south of the Arctic Circle. But here it is, from The Lincolnite
Photo: Charles Simpson
Not to be outdone, even more spectacular shows appeared in our neck of the woods in the southern hemisphere. In Tasmania to be precise, where such sightings are still fairly rare but increasingly not so.
Coincidentally, following a quiet spell, there has been a surge in Sunspot activity over the last two days, which, together with a direct hit on Earth by a quite mild CME (so mild that it was not reported as a Space Weather Alert, which I receive pretty much real-time by email whenever they are recorded, but was mentioned in today’s weather summary at Australia’s B0M site) is the likely cause of this phenomena.
Note: I am assuming the CME on 19 Dec. was a direct hit since I can’t find any information about it and it was not big enough to report with a warning but it is being mentioned in the forecast summary and its effects are being felt and seen.
We live in strange and changing times.