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geomagnetic storm to hit 1/24

Anyone hear about this? Was buried in the news for some reason...

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The strongest geomagnetic storm in more than six years was forecast to hit Earth's magnetic field on Tuesday, and it could affect airline routes, power grids and satellites, the U.S. Space Weather Prediction Center said.

A coronal mass ejection - a big chunk of the Sun's atmosphere - was hurled toward Earth on Sunday, driving energized solar particles at about 5 million miles an hour (2,000 km per second), about five times faster than solar particles normally travel, the center's Terry Onsager said.

"When it hits us, it's like a big battering ram that pushes into Earth's magnetic field," Onsager said from Boulder, Colorado. "That energy causes Earth's magnetic field to fluctuate."

This energy can interfere with high frequency radio communications used by airlines to navigate close to the North Pole in flights between North America, Europe and Asia, so some routes may need to be shifted, Onsager said.

It could also affect power grids and satellite operations, the center said in a statement. Astronauts aboard the International Space Station may be advised to shield themselves in specific parts of the spacecraft to avoid a heightened dose of solar radiation, Onsager said.

The space weather center said the geomagnetic storm's intensity would probably be moderate or strong, levels two and three on a five-level scale, five being the most extreme."
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Anyone hear about this? Was buried in the news for some reason...
of course it was buried, its interesting. the only thing they report on is who got shot in some shity neighborhood and how many rights we need taken away to make us all safer.




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We are currently in the midst of a "Solar Maximum" which is the high point of solar activity in the sun cycle. It's thought to have a big impact on weather and communications among other things (like a kick ass aurora borealis). When these things hit they can scramble satellites and destroy materials out in space that bear their direct brunt.

Thing is, this is the first maximum since the cellular/wireless wave that has swept across the globe, so there really is no knowing how much impact it could have. We very easily could be knocked back in to 1994!

We use GPS a lot for our grading operations here at work, I had a meeting with our operations guys to discuss this last year. This is the first big CME I've heard of to date though.

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We very easily could be knocked back in to 1994!
Hmm, Federal Budget not so bad, revenues good, work wasn't near as stressful, and my house was worth more.

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It wasn't buried. You just need to know where to look. There has been talk about this and intense northern lights for a couple of weeks.

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I blame it on the President for having a weak foreign policy against the Sun.
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We very easily could be knocked back in to 1994!

Shoul dhead to madison tomorrow to watch the yuppie hippy kids go bananas if their iPhones go dead. Hell they wont know what to do unless they have an app to tell them.

I'm not crazy, my mother had me tested.
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I do hope this is much ado about nothing...but I've been mentioning this coming for a couple years now.

A big surge in the power system could make for a good SHTF, at least for a few weeks to months.

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Hmm, Federal Budget not so bad, revenues good, work wasn't near as stressful, and my house was worth more.

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Shoul dhead to madison tomorrow to watch the yuppie hippy kids go bananas if their iPhones go dead. Hell they wont know what to do unless they have an app to tell them.
Ha, no kidding. The first generation to grow up entirely with cell phones and internet. What would they do?

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It is scary that if we got hit bad we could lose our power grid for years.

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That was a heck of a storm
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