On a recent presentation (YOUTUBE http://youtu.be/VxstzCXSMH0) concerning Earth cloud development from cosmic rays by Dr. Henrik Svensmark, I was Inspired to try and observe the said topic using European satellite imagery when and if an event took place.
From Dr. Henrik Svensmark studies, he pointed out that after the Sun had produced a larger then average Earth facing Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) there would very likely to be changes in the Earths atmosphere producing rapid cloud cover…all I needed to do then was find such an event and observe it.
To show the effect of his cosmic ray/cloud theory, was to use a large clear area over Europe (if the area spanned over several countries so much the better) and by adding hourly satellite images I should be able to build up a picture of the effect on the Earths atmosphere and cosmic rays, producing rapid cloud development, culminating in lightning storms.
Around the 10th June the Sun released several X Solar Flares producing CME’s, and according to NASA, these were due to “hit” Earth on Friday 13th June. However, and very predictably, the media, were more interested in the effect the CME’s would have on Satellite/phone instruments on the so called unluckiest day of the year, rather then rapid cloud development with associated lightning strikes.
It was also interesting that earlier in the year a separate observation about lightning storms and solar wind had been put together by Reading University/MetOffice, but there was no apparent mention of media interest in this for the day in question…..Friday 13th was by all accounts a day to look out for the effect on satellites and phone blackouts, and yet there was a major climate science experiment going on….this, however crude you may view it, was one of the greatest climate experiments conducted to show the effect of cosmic rays arriving into the Earths atmosphere.