Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Nothing to Panic About, But Be Advised: "Solar storm headed toward Earth may disrupt power."

"The largest solar storm in five years is racing toward Earth, threatening to unleash a torrent of charged particles that could disrupt power grids, GPS and airplane flights."
The sun erupted Tuesday evening, and the effects should start smacking Earth between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. EST Thursday (0600 GMT and 1000 GMT), according to forecasters at the U.S. government's Space Weather Prediction Center. They say the storm, which started with a massive solar flare, is growing as it speeds outward from the sun. . .
"This is a good-size event, but not the extreme type," said Bill Murtagh, program coordinator for the space weather center.
The solar storm is likely to last through Friday morning, but the region that erupted can still send more blasts our way, Kunches said. He said another set of active sunspots is ready to aim at Earth right after this.
But for now, scientists are waiting to see what happens Thursday when the charged particles hit Earth at 4 million mph (6.4 million kph).
NASA solar physicist Alex Young added, "It could give us a bit of a jolt." But he said this is far from a super solar storm.


Anonymous said...

I'd like to see one perfectly placed Cosmic Ray wipe clean the part of the Brain that makes Politicians so loathsome. GinnnG! Flowers! Bunnies! Sister and Brotherly Love! Free Health Care!

Anonymous said...

It's just an X5 according to the spaceweather site. Will hit in about 10-20 min. No reason to hide your kindle fire yet. ;) said...

Great! Let's tell the guys who operate the Hubble telescope, and have them focus a laser spot / target on Washington DC . . . paint the spot where we need some serious house cleaning!

Dennis Schuelke
I'm sick and tired of lying lawyers . . . and in politics! The wanted a gag order on me, but didn't get one.

MamaLiberty said...

Everything fired up just fine this morning... so I guess this was just another false alarm.

One of these days.... :)

But by then nobody will pay any attention to these warnings.

Sounds like some other stuff.

Dean Carder said...

My sattelite service has had many glitches the last couple of days due to this latest solar storm.

Anonymous said...

The Big One:

Coronal Mass Ejection

Like a high-altitude nuke EMP attack by mother Nature.

Anything with an electronic brain loses its mind :-(

They have happened before and they'll happen again. Just not very frequent.

Got militia?


Anonymous said...

We should be entering a period of increasing solar activity for the next few years. Also there seem to be a lot of electronic weapon systems, drones, and monitoring technology being developed right now by FedGov. Space Weather satellites can predict these disruptive solar flare impacts about a day in advance. It would be poor planning by a militia group engaged in active resistance to some future tyranny to just hope that one of these storms would happen at a convenient time. But I wonder if it might be a good idea for such militia units to have preplanned actions that they might want to be prepared to undertake on short notice should a solar flare occur that is predicted to create a window of blindness or vulnerability in the tyranny's electronic eavesdropping, communication, and weapon capability.