Solar Storm Will Strike Earth This Week: Here’s What You Should Know

by | Apr 10, 2018 | Headline News | 16 comments

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    A solar storm is scheduled to strike the Earth later this week.  Although the Earth will be struck directly, the storm is minor, G1, and not expected to take down entire power grids, but weak grid fluctuations may be possible.

    It has been stated before, grid failures are possible due to major changes in the sun, this time, once again, it looks like there won’t be much concern though. The Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) has warned that the minor storm will strike Tuesday and Wednesday pelting the Earth’s atmosphere with solar particles.

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a G1 (minor) geomagnetic storm watch for Tuesday and Wednesday. The storm watch was issued “due to the arrival of a negative polarity coronal hole high-speed stream,” SWPC explained in a post online Sunday.

    C. Alex Young, associate director for science in the heliophysics science division at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, wrote in a report published Monday that at least three “substantial” coronal holes — which demonstrate the Sun’s magnetic field is exposed — were observed in the Sun last week. “These are areas of open magnetic field from which high-speed solar wind rushes out into space,” Young explains. “This wind, if it interacts with [Earth’s] magnetosphere, can cause aurora to appear near the poles.”

    But there are a few more things to know about this and future solar storms.

    Magnetic storms on the surface of the Sun can cause what are known as “solar flares.” “A solar flare is an intense burst of radiation coming from the release of magnetic energy associated with sunspots,” according to NASA. “Flares are our solar system’s largest explosive events.” If the storm is strong enough, it will cause a coronal mass ejection (CME). “[CMEs] are huge explosions of magnetic field and plasma from the Sun’s corona,” the SWPC explained. “When CMEs impact the Earth’s magnetosphere, they are responsible for geomagnetic storms and enhanced aurora.”

    This storm, however, is caused by a coronal hole stream, according to Fox News. “Other than a coronal mass ejection, a coronal hole high-speed stream (CH HSS) arrives slowly with first a steady increase in the solar wind density over the course of a couple of hours,” Space Weather Live says. “This increase of the solar wind density occurs because the faster solar wind bunches up the slower solar wind particles in front of it.”

    These holes allow solar wind to escape the Sun and enter space.  “As the CH HSS begins to arrive at Earth, solar wind speed and temperature increase, while particle density begins to decrease,” NOAA says.

    So what will happen here on Earth? Regions may notice weak power grid fluctuations, though that’s unlikely to happen in this “minor” storm. Minor damage to Earth-orbiting satellites,”especially those in high, geosynchronous orbits” could occur, NASA says but it isn’t likely this time.  High-frequency radio waves could also be “degraded,” NASA adds.

    Although a power grid failure is unlikely during this solar storm, preparing for a grid failure should be an important part of every prepper’s survival plans. Knowing where to begin can often be daunting, but a good place to start would be with the book titled The Prepper’s Blueprint.  It will walk you through a basic plan and help you begin your survivalism journey in a way that works for you.


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      1. More fear pron fake news. Get a real job Mac

        • This is good news. I could use a tan after the long winter. I’ll be out on the deck.

      2. fake

      3. SHTFPlan just issued a high wind warning with wind gusts exceeding 3 knots and not expected to take down entire power grids, but weak grid fluctuations may be possible.

      4. HRC is a pedo-vore

      5. These things happen on a regular basis, and it is probably good to always take note of them, and check and make sure your electronics are shielded with a Faraday Cage (the info for making them is on the net). Do not be easily alarmed of course, but take what comes with a grain of salt, and pay attention to the little things. A large X Class CME could really put us all in a bind. NASA and the rest of the FedGov would go into overdrive before one hit us, because they are not prepared. You can tell if you’re smarter than your opposition by how well prepared you are. You stay that way by never stopping.

      6. Sounds like a nice day ahead sometime this week.

      7. If you are worried about solar storms and coronal holes and want real info instead of more fake bullshit try suspicious observers. They were laughing at these idiots 2 weeks ago when the grid was coming down because somebody in the US blew the conversion of data from English to metric conversion. You know like when Nasa built a blind telescope or how about missed mars by several million miles with a billion dollar space craft.

      8. The sun said to be 93,000,000 miles away from Earth or is it a sun simulator much closer to Earth? And the moon, why can you see stars through the darkened phase of part of the moon?

        • I can’t. The moon is round. I’ve looked at it through a huge telescope (36″ diameter lens) that made it look close enough for me to touch.

      9. Coronal holes are not flares and don’t usually present catastrophic danger.

      10. We could use any kind of solar activity here in Massachusetts. Snow showers all day here today.

      11. Hey, Mac. As more and more of MSM media becomes unreadable propaganda don’t you think SHTF might want to get a little serious. Fake News is Fake News, Mac. Regardless of who is putting it out there. Just saying. And I’m not alone.

      12. Mac is fake confirmed lol

      13. Perhaps 535 Congressmen will mysteriously disappear because of the solar Flare?

      14. Perhaps all liberals will suddenly turn into smoke because of the “solar Storm”. In any case, can one dream about this happening?

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