Earth & Space Weather ~ Ozone, Meteor Blitz, Severe Storms, UV Update
June 24, 2017: The Earth to Sky team has flown balloons over Maine and New Hampshire four times since 2015, most recently on June 15, 2017. Although the data are relatively sparse compared to the better-sampled west coast, the results are clear. Radiation in the stratosphere over the northeastern corner of the USA is not only stronger than California, but also intensifying much faster--a 19% increase in New England vs. 13% in California.
What's happening? Generally speaking, cosmic rays are increasing throughout the entire solar system. This is because of the sunspot cycle. The sun is currently plunging toward a deep Solar Minimum. As it descends, the sun's weakening magnetic field and flagging solar wind provides less and less shielding against high-energy particles from deep space. Every planet in the Solar System is getting an extra dose.
The difference we see between California and New England is telling us something local about Earth. After the sun's magnetosphere deflects many cosmic rays, Earth's magnetic field and atmosphere provide another line of defense. Our data show that central California is better defended by geomagnetism than New England.
June 23, 2017: More exceptional thunderstorms continue to pound the turf of planet earth. Possible tornadoes spawn in unlikely places as massive clouds gather in the skies bringing traffic to a complete stand-still as people got out of their cars and started taking pictures of the sky phenomenon.
Violent thunderstorms hit Germany on Thursday, June 22, 2017, producing gale-force winds, heavy rain and large hail. The storms caused widespread damage and traffic chaos, killed two people and severely injured at least one person. Contrary to numerous media reports, there was no tornado ripping through the city of Hamburg yesterday.
https://www.theweathernetwork.com/ca/.... (Thanks Phillip)
June 23, 2017: Earth just went through a unprecedented meteor storm. Blitzed with over 500 meteors per hour!
JUNE 23, 2017: Relevant data you need to know...Be safe out there. *What is outdoor UVC radiation?*
Scientific Review of Ultraviolet (UV) Radiation, Broad Spectrum and UVA, UVB, and UVC. ... No measurable UVC from solar radiation reaches the earth's surface, because the shortest UV wavelengths are completely absorbed by ozone, molecular oxygen, and water vapor in the upper atmosphere. UVC is the most dangerous form of UV compared to UVA and UVB. UVC can disinfect germs, its not supposed to be loose below the ozone layer. *What is Ozone Layer in Atmosphere?* A layer in the earth's stratosphere at an altitude of about 6.2 miles (10 km) containing a high concentration of ozone, which absorbs most of the ultraviolet radiation reaching the earth from the sun. *Non-Toxic Sunblock*
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