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Some amazing views of the Aurora Borealis from Gloucestershire
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Taken in May 2015 by Matthew Zajczyk

Using real-time solar wind data from Nasa’s ACE spacecraft, matched with data obtained from a network of magnetometers located worldwide, we are able to forecast, with reasonable accuracy, how the Northern Lights will behave up to one hour in advance. The image shows estimated aurora activity now.

The sunlit side of Earth is indicated by the lighter blue of the ocean and the lighter color of the continents. The day-night line, or terminator, is shown as a region that goes from light to dark.  The lighter edge is where the sun is just at the horizon. The darker edge is where the sun is 12 degrees below the horizon. Note that the aurora will not be visible during daylight hours; however, the aurora can often be observed within an hour before sunrise or after sunset. The red line at about 1000 km equatorward of the brightest aurora indicates how far away viewers on the ground might see the aurora assuming good viewing conditions.

Emma peterson
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 Weather Warnings

  • Yellow warning of rain affecting South West England: Gloucestershire, Swindon, Wiltshire valid from 1100 Sun 19 Sep to 2259 Sun 19 Sep

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 Moon & Sun Forecast
6:46 am
7:17 pm
Day Length
12:31 hrs
Waxing Gibbous, Moon at 11 days in cycle
6:36 pm
1:37 am
There will be 3 min 55sec less daylight tomorrow
Moon Phase:Waxing Gibbous

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Record Temperatures On This Date
Record High
23.4°C - 2014
Record Low
5.2°C - 2010

Friday's Extremes

High Temp: 22.2°C   at  3:15 PM
Low Temp: 10.0°C  at 2:39 AM
Rain Rate: 0.00 mm/hr @ 00:00 AM
UV High: 8.0  at  1:48 PM
Max Gust: 18.4 mph at 11:44 AM
Min Windchill: 10.0°C  at  2:39 AM
High Temp: 32.4°C   on  18/7
Low Temp: -5.1°C<  on 7/1
Wettest Day: 28.6 mm  on  20/1
UV High: 17.0  on  8/4
Max Gust: 317.6 mph on 31/1
Min Windchill: -11.1°C  on  13/2
High Temp: 34.1°C   on  25/6/2020
Low Temp: -17.8°C on 30/6/2010
Wettest: 80.2 mm  on  20/7/2007
UV High: 17.0  at  8/4/2021
Max Gust: 317.6 mph at 31/1/2021
Min Windchill: -17.8°C  at  30/6/2010