How does space weather impact us here on Earth?

Space weather, oh yeah, there’s weather in space! The sun is usually the source: Solar flares and coronal mass ejections are two examples. Oh, and you’ve probably heard of the Northern Lights, the Aurora Borealis, which yours truly was able to witness.

But, I’m getting a head of myself. That’s toward the end of my interview with Bob Clauer. He’s a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Virginia Tech and part of a team working to improve space weather forecasts. Clauer explains why space weather forecasts are so important and how he’s hoping to improve them in the latest podcast for “Weather or Not.”

Dr. C Robert Clauer standing at the geographic South Pole. Photo by C.R. Clauer

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