ATMOSPHERIC WAVE RIPPLES OVER CHINA: On Nov. 24th, a deep-rippling wave
at the edge of space crossed the night sky above China. Eye-witnesses
saw the airglow layer split in two, and at least one photographer
captured beautiful images of the event. It might be a type of exotic
wave called a "mesospheric bore."
UNEXPECTED SOLAR FLARES: Catching
forecasters off guard, a new sunspot (AR2615) has emerged and it is
crackling with M-class solar flares. Minor radio blackouts are underway
on Nov. 29-30 as pulses of UV and X-radiation ionize the top of Earth's
atmosphere. This is *not* a major space weather event, but it is a
break from the sun's recent deepening quiet.