Sunday, October 18, 2015

Planetary K-Index just shot up to Kp=5!

Planetary Kp Index has just shot up to Kp=5 with an increase in Solar Wind to 432km/sec.
This indicates a Minor Storm supporting my prediction for an earthquake approaching..

How the numbers work

The kp number system is just a scale of geomagnetic activity. It is not a plot map where you can definitely say auroras will be visible. But experience tells us where auroras are visible and at what point of the kp scale they were visible at. So we can plot a map and say for example, this place usually gets auroras when Kp6 level is met. And so on and so forth. But it is not exact. So we would recommend if the maps says you need kp6, then go out when it is Kp5, because you might get lucky.
The kp numbers start at 0 and as the geomagnetic (aurora) strength increases, so too does the kp number. So kp 0 being a very weak or none existent aurora, right through to 9 being a major geomagnetic storm with auroras likely in France and even Northern Spain.

Geomagnetic Storms

Geomagnetic storms are labelled G1 to G5. It is a period when there is strong to very strong geomagnetic activity due to a lot of build up in Earth’s magnetotail which causes magnetic reconnection and snap back to occur, this accelerates a lot of particles back towards earth (a natural particle accelerator if you will) which can spark really awesome northern/southern lights displays. As aurora chasers, geomagnetic storms are what we are always hoping for. Here is a table which converts the G into Kp.
G1 = Kp5
G2 = Kp6
G3 = Kp7
G4 = Kp8
G5 = Kp9

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