NASA is reporting that “The bottom two black spots on the sun (image at left), known as sunspots, appeared quickly over the course of Feb. 19-20, 2013. These two sunspots are part of the same system and are over six Earths across.”
Spaceweather advises CHANCE OF FLARES: New sunspot AR1678 has developed a delta-class magnetic field that harbors energy for strong explosions. NOAA forecasters estimate a 45% chance of M-flares and a 15% chance of X-flares during the next 24 hours.
Whether or not these flares will have any serious impact on Earth (if at all) remains to be seen, but there is a possibility of satellites being affected, and Earth too, since the chance of M- and X-Class flares is given as up to 25 per cent over the next 48 hours.
This then is a courtesy alert – not a prediction:-)
Portland Preparedness Center.
PS – We have just restocked with 55 gallon water barrels, and we’ll have a range of mylar bags in by Friday (but call to make sure).