Solar flares zap a science satellite. A coronal mass ejection sparks a stunning display of aurora borealis. Blazing meteors streak through Earth's atmosphere. All these are examples of space weather.
Space weather is a relatively new field of science dedicated to the understanding of interactions between the sun and Earth, and to the forecasting of solar flares, magnetic storms and other space-related phenomena.
Today's Space Weather Forecast
Who Forecasts Space Weather?
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) operates the Space Environment Center at http://www.sec.noaa.gov/. The role of the center is to provide space weather alerts and warnings to the nation and the world for disturbances that can affect people and equipment working in space and on Earth.
Using NOAA's Space Weather Scales, emergency managers can track solar flare activities in advance of their impact on earth.