Forum Weirdness

So within the last couple of weeks, every time I visit the USCCA forums, the page blinks as if it’s being reloaded.

It doesn’t look like it’s reloading but that’s what I think it’s doing.

I was hopping it was just a fluke but it seems to be lingering so I was wondering if anyone else has experienced the problem.

The other weird thing is that it didn’t do it when I started posting this topic.

So . . . yeah, kinda weird.

Also, I’m using the latest version of Chrome and also tested it with the latest version of Firefox.

Any ideas would be appreciated.



Experiencing the same. I just figured we’re being watched, monitored or just good old spied on, by some alphabet institution!
It’s not beyond the pale!
Or like my wife enjoys saying, “it’s just a GLITCH”. The same as there are no coincidences, there are no glitches, maybe a Matrix type De Ja vu all over again!


Yea , I had the same problem. When I turned my phone off and on I was logged out. I had to call USCCA to get a temporary password to get back logged in.


I had the same yesterday. My Ad Blocker is being kicked off and I have to reload, MSN won’t allow blocker at all. :face_with_raised_eyebrow:
I am surrounding myself in a tin foil tent.


Same on my PCs and Android phone

Perhaps it’s a right time cal call @moderators ? :raised_hands:


Hmmm. Could be… :thinking:

Here’s your space weather forecast: Why feds are warning about solar storms headed for Earth

Story by Doyle Rice, USA TODAY • 2d


Federal forecasters on Friday afternoon announced that “geomagnetic disturbances” due to incoming solar storms are likely here on Earth starting Saturday and will last through the next week.

“Recent coronal mass ejections have departed the sun and may reach Earth as at least glancing blows,” the Space Weather Prediction Center said in a statement. “Earliest influences may be as soon as later on November 4.”

NASA describes coronal mass ejections as “huge bubbles of coronal plasma threaded by intense magnetic field lines that are ejected from the Sun over the course of several hours.” The space agency says they often look like “huge, twisted rope” and can occur with solar flares, or explosions on the sun’s surface.

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“The most recent coronal mass ejection from November 3 is more likely to have an Earth-directed component and may reach Earth afterwards,” the prediction center added. Yet another solar event is expected from Nov. 8-10.

“All this activity makes for an interesting forecast challenge and expected conditions are still being evaluated, but geomagnetic disturbances are becoming more likely from November 4 to 10,” the center said. “Updated forecasts are likely.”

Private website said that a minor geomagnetic storm was possible on Saturday.

What is a solar storm?

A solar storm is a disturbance in the sun that can affect the Earth and the rest of the solar system. It is accompanied by solar flares, coronal mass ejections and other forms of space weather such as the aurora.

How will this news affect me?

One aspect of solar storms that impact the Earth is an uptick in sightings of the aurora borealis (aka northern lights). While federal forecasters have not yet made an aurora forecast, said “aurora watchers should get their hopes up,” potentially for Sunday.

Additionally, in a worst-case scenario, which is not yet predicted in the current forecast, strong geomagnetic storms can interfere with the electrical grid, degrade GPS signals, increase orbital drag on satellites, and pose radiation hazards to airline crews and astronauts, the prediction center said.

More: Aurora lovers, rejoice. 2024 could be a great year for northern lights, due to solar maximum

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Here’s your space weather forecast: Why feds are warning about solar storms headed for Earth


Things are better here today, troubles started Sat. It’s slowly getting better. :man_shrugging:


Mmmwwwhhh ha ha. My trick worked :muscle:


:magic_wand: We Hex you Wizzard. :mage:


I’ve been seeing Aurora for last 15 years or so when I moved to Chicago western suburbs…

Seems to be a nice place…

A 2023-11-05 22-39-26


Regarding OP issues…

I logged out from Community and
Then I logged back in to both… and no issues ever since then.


Bruce, your math checks out.


I’ve had this happen on my phone, but not my laptop. figured it was my phone.


I haven’t had any issues but maybe it is because I log out and back in every day to make sure my name is in the hat for the daily firearm drawing.


I’m logged into the Community 24/7. I’m so get used to it, that I forget about it.
In this case, log out->log in helped.


I think it depends on your internet connection. For me, I get blinking when using my laptop, which is connected to the internet via Starlink, which periodically repositions transmissions according to what satellite is available. I do not experience blinking when I view articles on my phone, which is connected to the internet via Verizon’s network.

It could also be associated with the quality of the internet connection USCCA uses.


I did the same, helped. Thanks. :+1:


Yes sir brother @Wolfwalker I have experienced it but I just let it ride as a glitch. It has done it for a few days then it stopped.

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That fixed it for me. Thanks!


Fox Weather
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More Northern Lights possible as Earth gets ‘whacked’ by back-to-back geomagnetic storms

Story by Emilee Speck • 49m

A series of eruptions from the Sun sent solar wind and plasma blasting toward Earth, causing NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center to issue back-to-back geomagnetic storm watches this week and exciting sky gazers with Northern Lights displays.

The first strong geomagnetic storm this week created aurora lights seen as far south as north Texas and North Carolina. A G3-level storm set skies on fire with colorful aurora borealis in places near the Arctic Circle, like Alaska and Sweden.

NOAA’s SWPC issues Geomagnetic Storm alerts to warn of potential interference with communication systems and spacecraft operations. During significant solar storms, widespread power outages are possible, and communication systems are subject to failure.

Another round of space weather from a coronal hole high-speed stream, or CH HSS, is set to arrive on Wednesday into Friday. NOAA’s SWPC issued a moderate G2 Geomagnetic Storm Watch for Tuesday as fast solar wind associated with the CH HSS and lingering impacts from a coronal mass ejection (CME) event over the weekend.


Impacts from these Sun phenomena are forecast to continue through the end of the week.

Cooperative Institute for Research In Environmental Sciences (CIRES) scientist Mark Miesch, the solar cycle lead at SWPC, provides computer models for CMES like those that caused this week’s geomagnetic storms.

NOAA and NASA satellites observing the Sun let the SWPC know when a solar event has happened, and then space weather forecasters work to determine when those impacts will arrive in Earth’s atmosphere.


“What causes the biggest geomagnetic storms are these coronal mass ejections, these clouds of plasma that come from the Sun,” Mark Miesch, solar cycle lead at SWPC. “For the one this past weekend, there were three; there was a series of three beginning with Halloween.”

While CMES take between 1 and 3 days to reach Earth’s atmosphere, coronal holes can have longer-lasting impacts. These solar features look like dark areas on the Sun because they don’t have plasma.

The plasma travels out into space, streaming along the magnetic field lines of the Sun.

“If the HSS runs into the slower moving solar wind, it creates a shockwave, and that shockwave can wash over the Earth and cause a pretty big magnetic storm too,” he continued.

The Sun spins every 27 days, and if Earth gets hit by a high-speed stream, there’s a chance it could strike again in 27 days, which is what is expected to happen this week.

“It’s going to rotate around in the next few days. And we think we’re going to get whacked by a big high-speed stream,” Miesch said.

The geomagnetic storms and associated aurora activity are because the Sun’s activity is increasing as it approaches the Solar Maximum during an 11-year solar cycle.

NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center recently released an update forecasting Solar Maximum to happen sooner than the initial forecast issued by an international panel of space weather experts in 2019 when the Solar Cycle 25 began.


“It became clear that by a few years into the cycle that, the 2019 prediction was probably going to be too low,” Miesch said.

The latest SWPC forecast for Solar Cycle 25 moves up the solar maximum to January- October 2024. The previous prediction by the Solar Cycle 25 panel placed the solar maximum sometime in July 2025.

The Space Weather Prediction Center also noted the earlier peak will be good for the upcoming total solar eclipse in April 2024, happening closer to the Solar Maximum.

“The Sun may put on a good show, with a particularly impressive corona – the extended outer atmosphere of the Sun that is only visible during an eclipse,” according to the SWPC.

Miesch explains counting sunspots is one of the baselines used to predict the activity during a solar cycle because it’s one of the oldest measurements we have.

Astronomers in the 1800s realized sunspots were part of an 11-year cycle.

“Nothing has the 400-year history of sunspot,” Miesch said. “You can even trace it further back from that that people, even before the invention of the telescope, people saw sunspots with the naked eye.”

You can count the sunspots right now thanks to NASA’s Solar and Heliospheric Observatory.

The amount of sunspots during the current cycle has already surpassed the previous Solar Cycle 24. The SWPC is now issuing updated Solar Cycle forecasts each month as new sunspot data becomes available.

The previous forecast estimated peak solar activity with 115 sunspots. With the new forecast, the SWPC predicts about 152 sunspots during solar maximum.

Increasing sunspots and CMEs also mean more opportunities for people to witness the Northern Lights farther south than during less active times in the solar cycle.

Solar Maximum isn’t a one-day or even a week-long event. It’s ongoing and can even take years.

“The peak is not sharp. It’s not like it goes way up and then comes back down. It’s kind of flat,” Miesch said.

Under the current prediction, Miesch said the next two years will see the most geomagnetic storms and aurora than we’ve seen in 20 years, or since Solar Cycle 23, which peaked in 2001.

Miesch said even though Solar Cycle 25 is stronger than originally predicted, it will still likely be below average. However, that doesn’t mean it’s less important because space weather can impact the technology we use in our daily lives, like GPS.

“The Sun is about the same, but society keeps changing,” Miesch said.

During the last time solar activity was this high in 2001, the world was a different place.

“iPhones didn’t exist and, now GPS, the satellites we’ve become more and more dependent on GPS, and it’s even in places where you would not expect,” Miesch said. “If a big solar storm took out GPS satellites, that would be a big deal.”

Original article source: More Northern Lights possible as Earth gets ‘whacked’ by back-to-back geomagnetic storms