ELECTRICITY SURGES THROUGH THE SOIL OF NORWAY
Jan. 6th, something unexpected happened in the soil of northern Norway. “Electrical currents started flowing,” reports Rob Stammes, who monitors ground currents at the Polarlightcenter geophysical observatory in Lofoten. This chart recording shows the sudden surge around 1930 UT:
With no warning, a stream of solar wind hit Earth’s magnetic field on Jan. 5th, nearly causing a geomagnetic storm. The unexpected impact sparked bright auroras around the Arctic Circle.
“ONCE IN A LIFETIME” STRATOSPHERIC CLOUDS
A spectacular outbreak of polar stratospheric clouds (PSCs) is underway around the Arctic Circle. “This is a once in a lifetime event,” says Chad Blakley, who runs the Lights over Lapland aurora tour service in Abisko, Sweden.