The K-index above, and by extension the Planetary K-index, are used to characterize the magnitude of geomagnetic storms. Kp is an excellent indicator of disturbances in the Earth's magnetic field and is used by SWPC to decide whether geomagnetic alerts and warnings need to be issued for users who are affected by these disturbances.
According to Spaceweather.com Earth has entered a fast-moving stream of solar wind, and this is causing minor G1-class geomagnetic storms around the poles.
The solar wind is flowing from a coronal hole in the sun's atmosphere.
Earth should be inside the stream for 24 to 36 hours.
And regular readers of The Big Wobble will know solar storms and new and full moons are linked to causing seizures and migraines in people and dogs, behaviour problems in children and enhanced medical problems for people in Alaska.
I frequently receive emails from a wonderfully brave man from Alaska, his name is Bill Laughing-Bear who suffers from Traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Because of his injury, Bill can't use a computer because the screen causes him seizures or terrible migraines so his mother Tina types his work and thoughts for him.
Bill heads a TBI peer support group called “The Deadheads” who have been monitoring and charting the cause and effect of solar wind and the geomagnetic storms that affect earth’s magnetic field.
He gets reports from others who also have migraines and side effects, such as seizures, when these storms hit earth.
They have also noted that dogs are having seizures at the same time people are.
It would appear, Bill has found a link to people and animals who live further north, or closer to the polar regions are more sensitive to solar activity.
Bill follows The Big Wobble for the frequent space weather updates and the research into coronal holes and their influence on our planet and Bill has come up with some remarkable updates, below is the latest email from Bill.
Greetings from Alaska!
Got some interesting information to send your way, Gary, just more pieces of a huge puzzle.During the last solar storm that has been pounding the northern regions, I was contacted by another sled dog owner who had one of her dogs experience its first seizure which lasted a couple of minutes. This event happened in conjunction with the solar storm and the new moon which drastically affects the ionosphere. The dog was taken to a vet and given a complete battery of tests that revealed absolutely nothing wrong that would bring about a seizure. The dog was given a perfect bill of health.At our Deadhead TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) meeting, 100% of all the members there had been battling either seizures or cognitive function problems such as memory, dizziness or migraines. One member who has a Vagus Nerve Implant (Vagus nerve stimulation is a medical treatment that involves delivering electrical impulses to the vagus nerve) said that, according to his doctor, was adjusted perfectly for prevention of his seizures. During that and other storms he gets shocked constantly so often that it is brings him severe pain, makes him jump, and if he is speaking at the time of a shock, it altars his voice. He does not battle this problem when there are no new moons, full moons or solar storms. There is no doubt in our minds that there is a definite link here.I am noticing that during these events my Siberian sleddogs sing more often than usual. For myself, I am finding that when I have the combination of a new moon and solar storm I am pretty much shut down, unable to function and stay at home. For whatever reason, the new moon - for me - is worse than the full moon.
We hope Bill gets his wish for a special computer soon so he can personally dig deeper into his research, finding connections between planetary alignment, solar activity.
It is a theory The Big Wobble has been banding around for more than a year now, Solar storms may trigger whale strandings as well as dolphins, birds and bees and other animals who rely upon our magnetic field to navigate.
A new study by the International Journal of Astrobiology appears to agree with The Big Wobble, releasing a report claiming; "Solar storms may trigger sperm whale strandings: explanation approaches for multiple strandings in the North Sea in 2016."
The report by the International Journal of Astrobiology claims large solar storms, may have played a role in the strandings of 29 sperm whales in the North Sea early in 2016.
The study says these geomagnetic disruptions may have confused the whales' ability to navigate, diverting them into the shallow waters.
Trapped and lost, the whales died on European beaches, attempting to escape.
The International Journal of Astrobiology claims large solar storms, may have played a role.
Every year an untold number of whales and dolphins wash up on beaches around the world and die, baffling experts.
Birds and even bees are also known to show up dead hundreds of miles away from where they should be.
Domestic animals and people are also known to be affected by Solar storms.
The Big Wobble has received reports from Alaska from friends who suffer from migraines and other side effects, such as seizures, when Solar storms hit earth.