Weather and the Paranormal

How our Sun affects the paranormal
It is widely believed by the ghost hunting community that times of increased solar activity are ideal for ghost hunting. Spirits seem to feed off electrical sources such as electrical appliances and batteries. They often produce or disturb electro magnetic energy, investigators feel that spirits need to draw energy from the surrounding area in order to manifest. In a sense it is their fuel or food. It seems that heightened paranormal activity can increase during a geomagnetic storm or solar flare (X, M or Mega class). Because the Sun’s storms or flares sends charged radioactive particles into the Earth’s atmosphere, this creates a magnetic shift and alters the geomagnetic fields, thus puts extra energy into the atmosphere. On these days when the air is saturated with charged ions from this excess energy, ghosts have what they need as fuel to manifest and even interact with the living.

Magnificent CME Erupts on the Sun - August 31(Right)On August 31, 2012 a long prominence/filament of solar material that had been hovering in the Sun’s atmosphere, the corona, erupted out into space at 4:36 p.m. EDT

Information about the Solar X-ray status monitor
The X-ray Solar status monitor downloads data periodically from the NOAA Space Environment Center FTP server. The previous 24 hours of 5 minute Long-wavelength X-ray data from each satellite (GOES 8 and GOES 10) is analyzed, and an appropriate level of activity for the past 24 hours is assigned as follows:

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Normal: Solar X-ray flux is quiet (< 1.00e-6 W/m^2)
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Active: Solar X-ray flux is active (>= 1.00e-6 W/m^2)
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M Class Flare: An M Class flare has occurred (X-ray flux >= 1.00e-5 W/m^2)
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X Class Flare: An X Class flare has occurred (X-ray flux >= 1.00e-4 W/m^2)
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Mega Flare: An unprecedented X-ray event has occurred (X-ray flux >= 1.00e-3 W/m^2)

Information about the geomagnetic field status monitor
The Geomagnetic Field status monitor downloads data periodically from the NOAA Space Environment Center FTP server. The previous 24 hours of 3 hour Planetary Kp Index data is analyzed and an appropriate level of activity for the past 24 hours is assigned as follows:
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Quiet: the Geomagnetic Field is quiet (Kp < 4)
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Active: the Geomagnetic Field has been unsettled (Kp=4)
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Storm: A Geomagnetic Storm has occurred (Kp>4)

Geomagnetic activity: Natural variations in the geomagnetic field classified into quiet, unsettled, active, and geomagnetic storm levels.

Geomagnetic field: The magnetic field in and around earth. The intensity of the magnetic field at the earth’s surface is approximately 31 000 nT (0.31 gauss) at the equator and 62 000 nT (0.62 gauss) at the north pole. The geomagnetic field is dynamic and undergoes continual slow secular changes as well as short-term disturbances (geomagnetic activity). The magnetic field can be approximated by a centered dipole field, with the axis of the dipole inclined to the earth’s rotational axis by about 11.5 degrees.

Geomagnetically induced currents: According to Faraday’s law of induction, a temporal change of a magnetic field is always accompanied by an electric field. Hence an electric field is associated with geomagnetic activity. The geomagnetic variation and the geoelectric field observed at the earth’s surface depend primarily on ionospheric-magnetospheric currents, and secondarily on currents and charges induced in earth. A part of the earth currents can flow into man-made conductors, like power transmission systems, pipelines, telecommunication cables, and railroads. Such currents are called geomagnetically induced currents (GICs).

Geomagnetic storm: A worldwide disturbance of the earth’s magnetic field, distinct from regular diurnal variations.