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Should you regularly check the space weather forecast like you do the weather forecast?

I recently came across the website for NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center (https://www.swpc.noaa.gov/) that includes space weather forecasts (and potential on-the-ground impacts), and it got me thinking—should we regularly check the space weather forecast like we do the weather forecast?

I imagine people in certain fields (e.g., power grid operators, satellite controllers) or with certain hobbies (e.g., ham radio) already know about NOAA’s space weather forecasts.

But does it make sense for the general (prepared) public, who would most likely only be affected by the most severe space weather events, to check these forecasts daily?

Although I’m by no means an expert, from what I understand, our ability to predict space weather is quite limited, and the on-the-ground effects are even more difficult to predict. With that, I wonder if checking these forecasts frequently might provide a false sense of security.

What do you all do? Is it part of your preparedness routine?

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P.S. For what it’s worth, there’s a (minor to moderate) geomagnetic storm watch from May 25–27. Those in northern parts of the U.S. might get to see some auroras.

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