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How’s the Space Weather Today?

One-day conference in Washington to bring attention to 2013 peak

The weather is always a popular topic of conversation. So what about the weather in space? Maybe it’s not such a far-out topic.

On June 21, at the National Press Club in Washington, the Space Weather Enterprise Forum will convene “Solar Maximum: Can We Weather the Storm?” to discuss the “weather” conditions in space. The SWEF notes that 2013 is expected to be a year of peak solar activity.

The organizers note that radio communications are among the things affected by conditions in space.

“As we approach the next peak of solar activity expected in 2013, our nation faces multiplying uncertainties from increasing reliance on space weather-affected technologies for communications, navigation, security, and other activities, many of which underpin our national infrastructure and economy.”

The SWEF is an interagency working group associated with several federal government agencies and departments, under the coordination of the Office of the Federal Coordinator for Meteorological Services and Supporting Research.

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