Weather 101: Understanding solar flares

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    Photo Gallery: NASA Photos: Solar flare activity
    Solar Flare. (Photo: Nasa.gov)

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The Sun. It brings warmth to Earth but as it heats unevenly, it creates pressure differences which subsequently create what we call "weather."

    For a star that is 93 million miles away, and takes eight minutes for its light to reach Earth, it still affects us in many ways. It heats the Earth in summertime, can burn skin and cause eye damage, and it can even release energy, or a "solar flare," which erupt from sunspots.

    Thursday, in a Weather 101 session with chief meteorologist Ed Buckner, dove deeper into this information to get a full understanding of solar flares.

    Twitter: @Ed_Buckner

    More information:

    Articles on solar flares by NASA.

    NASA Photos: Solar flare activity.

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