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Sunday, April 02, 2017
Surprise: The Sun is Flaring Again
Source - Space Weather News for April 2, 2017: http://spaceweather.com
SUN WAKES UP: Suddenly, solar flare activity is high. Following months
of quiet with negligible flares, new sunspot AR2644 unleashed a series
of M-class explosions on April 1st and 2nd. Each blast produced a
shortwave radio blackout over a different part of our planet. The
powerful explosions also sent beams of radio energy toward Earth,
causing roars of static to issue from the loudspeakers of some
shortwave receivers. Listen to a sample audio file on today's edition
of Spaceweather.com, and stay tuned for more flares on April 3rd as the
sunspot shows little sign of quieting.