ionospheric storm

ionospheric storm

[‚ī‚än·ə′sfir·ik ′stȯrm]
(geophysics)
A turbulence in the F region of the ionosphere, usually due to a sudden burst of radiation from the sun; it is accompanied by a decrease in the density of ionization and an increase in the virtual height of the region.
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This period coincided with a severe ionospheric storm caused by a "solar bullet" of charged particles emitted by the sun.
There are no grooves, no words and no obvious framework: just an ominous, dynamic texture with occasional ionospheric storms or a muffled scream.
WAAS also maintained the signal throughout several ionospheric storms caused by solar flares that occurred during the test period.