7:00 AM | Update on the weekend solar storm; cool trend continues early this week

6-Day Forecast

Today

Fog possible early then remaining mostly cloudy, cool, mid-to-upper 60’s

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, breezy, fog possible late and maybe even some drizzle, lows near 60 degrees

Tuesday

Fog possible early then remaining mostly cloudy, cool, mid-to-upper 60’s

Tuesday Night

Mostly cloudy, cool, fog late, near 60

Wednesday

Fog possible early then mostly sunny skies, mid-to-upper 60’s

Thursday

Fog possible early then mostly sunny skies, near 70

Friday

Fog possible early then mostly sunny skies, near 70

Saturday

Fog possible early then mostly sunny skies, low 70’s

Discussion

A long-lasting geomagnetic storm did occur over the weekend as a result of the coronal mass ejection (CME) from Thursday’s X-class solar flare. At first the CME’s impact seemed relatively weak, but then conditions in the wake of the CME became somewhat stormy with satellites in geosynchronous orbits exposed to solar wind plasma according to NASA Goddard scientists. Also, northern lights were visible over the weekend (where the skies were clear) as far south as Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska and across many northern US states from Maine to Washington.

A cooling trend that began over the weekend as trough of low pressure approached the west coast will continue through the early week. The overall weather pattern has increased the strength of the marine layer inducing more late night and early coastal low clouds and fog and even some drizzle is possible during those time periods. A slight warming trend may develop later in the week as the marine layer relaxes.

Video

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