Jan. 24th, 2012

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The media has been buzzing over the past couple of days with talk of the aurora borealis.  There have evidently been some big magnetic storms hitting earth, and...

It's all news to me.

I've been an avid subscriber to AuroraWatch for about ten years or so, and I always look forward to receiving their e-mail alerts, but so far I haven't heard a peep from them. We're in the middle of the most significant aurora display to hit us in the last ten years or so, and AuroraWatch are conspicuous by their absence.  I thought I might have been pulled off the electronic mailing list, but I still hear from them from time to time, and when I checked the link which shows live data from a site in Scotland, there's no sign that anything exciting's going on.  There was an amber alert yesterday (which means aurora should be visible from Scotland and northern England...) but apart from that, there hasn't been a peep.  Meanwhile, photographs taken all over Britain show magnificent aurora displays which are a sign that there's an awful lot going on out there...

I'm confused.  Though I suppose it's all immaterial, anyway.  The weather's foul - there's a dank grey miasma nestling over the world, which is obscuring everything.  We could be in the throes of the best aurora display in the world - ever!- and us unhappy Scots wouldn't know anything about it....

Ah well, there's always next year...

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