Major solar storms won't hit Earth this week, says NOAA

Carla Harmon
March 14, 2018

'The largest storms that result from these conditions are associated with solar coronal mass ejections (CMEs) where a billion tons or so of plasma from the sun, with its embedded magnetic field, arrives at Earth'.

In fact, NOAA admits that a geomagnetic storm will hit the Earth on March 18th but this one will not even reach the G1 magnitude, therefore, it can't affect the satellites, the Global Positioning System equipment, or other communication means, as the Russians informed.

Perhaps you've heard; a solar storm is on the way.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a "G1" storm watch. Although a geomagnetic storm is coming to the northern hemisphere, it sounds like a pretty mild one.

Apparently, NOAA has no idea what is this all about as and how did Russians come up with that information.

A minor solar storm is traveling toward Earth and is expected to hit as early as Wednesday. The category rises from G1 to G5 with the increase in the intensity of the geomagnetic storms. These cracks weaken our planet's natural protection against charged particles, potentially leaving aeroplanes and GPS systems exposed to the storm.

The dancing lights of the aurora may become visible in parts of Scotland and northern England and in northern regions of the US, including in MI and Maine. This basically means there could be some slight glitches to satellite communications and power grid controllers.

At their most extreme, geomagnetic storms have been known to cripple satellites and cause massive blackouts.

Information on the internet is, unfortunately, often easy to manipulate, but there is really nothing to worry about when it comes to the geomagnetic storm on March 18. The upcoming storm will put quite a show for stargazers around the world who can assemble at a flawless spot to watch the auroral lights and other natural phenomena that follows. Over a century later in Canada, on March 13, 1989, a geomagnetic storm caused a major blackout in the country that lasted nine hours, disrupting electricity from the Hydro Quebec generating station and going as far as melting power transformers in New Jersey.

A solar flare on January 20, 2005, released the highest concentration of protons ever directly measured and took just 15 minutes to reach Earth, indicating a velocity of approximately one-third light speed.

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