Planetary K-Index

What is the Planetary K-index?

The K-index, and by extension the Planetary K-index, are used to characterize the magnitude of geomagnetic storms. Kp is an excellent indicator of disturbances in the Earth’s magnetic field and is used by SWPC to decide whether geomagnetic alerts and warnings need to be issued for users who are affected by these disturbances.

Why Monitor it?

Changes in the K-Index have been associated with behavioral and physiological changes in humans and animals. Some theorize that spikes in geomagnetic storms are impacting the consciousness of the planet.

Planetary K-Index App Available Here: