Yesterday's Broad Power Outage Likely Caused By Geomagnetic Storm

Tyler Durden's picture


Yesterday, a massive US power grid failure was seen across the entire United States in one simultaneous fashion. San Fransisco, New York, and Los Angeles were the three main areas that were hit the hardest. Each of the areas experienced challenges or shut downs in business commerce. Also, basic infrastructure such as communication networks, mass transportation, and supply chains experienced challenges. To many this seemed apocalyptic with anaylst citing possible cyber attacks amid mounting geopolitical turmoil across the globe. We’re shocked that mainstream media didn’t revive the failing Russian narrative for another round of fake news to confuse the masses. Personally, I don’t think it was a cyber attack or the Russians, but more of a Space Weather Event.

Space weather refers to the environmental conditions in Earth’s magnetosphere, ionosphere and thermosphere due to the Sun and the solar wind that can influence the functioning and reliability of spaceborne and ground-based systems and services or endanger property or human health.

Here is PG&E outage map from yesterday’s event. Widespread. 

This is the Planetary K-Index, which 5 or greater indicates storm-level geomagnetic activity around earth. The latest space weather data signals a geomagnetic storm rolled in on April 20, 2017. During the elevated K-waves >5, San Fransisco, New York, and Los Angeles experienced power grid failures simultaneously.


Latest Space Weather Warnings

April 22, 2017 @ 08:40 UTC - Geomagnetic Storm Warning (UPDATED)

A moderate (G2) geomagnetic storm is currently in progress thanks to a high speed solar wind stream above 700 km/s. More storming is expected over the next several days as a coronal hole stream rattles our geomagnetic field. Sky watchers at middle to high latitudes should be alert for visible aurora during the next several nights.ALERT: Geomagnetic K-index of 6
Threshold Reached: 2017 Apr 22 0559 UTC
Synoptic Period: 0300-0600 UTC
Active Warning: Yes
NOAA Scale: G2 – Moderate

April 21, 2017 @ 02:40 UTC - Large Coronal Hole Returns / G2 Storm Watch

A large recurrent coronal hole last seen in March will become geoeffective beginning April 23rd. A moderate (G2) geomagnetic storm watch was added and high latitude sky watchers may be in for an aurora treat once an expected solar wind stream arrives past Earth. More updates in the days ahead. As always, stay tuned to where you will find the most up to date information.

According to, who uses NOAA data, Geomagnetic Storm has been declared for the past few days.

Piecing together the puzzle, we understand the sun can unleash space weather that can have profound effects on ground based systems, as well as human health. In a report from NOAA titled: Geomagnetic Storms and the US Power Grid, the paper mentions how the US power grid is highly interconnected and susceptible to damage from geomagnetic storms.

US Power Grid is an interconnected system which may explain why San Fransisco, New York, and Los Angeles all experienced power failures relatively at the same time.

The report shows that the sun is the source of ‘GICs’ Geomagnetically Induced Current.


GICs can enter the earth’s surface through transformers in the power grid.

GICs can force a transformer tank wall to overheat

Just maybe thats what happened in San Fransisco with the substation fire


What is a substation?

A substation is a part of an electrical generation, transmission, and distribution system. Substations transform voltage from high to low, or the reverse, or perform any of several other important functions. Between the generating station and consumer, electric power may flow through several substations at different voltage levels. A substation may include transformers to change voltage levels between high transmission voltages and lower distribution voltages, or at the interconnection of two different transmission voltages.

2003 Substation fire due to a geomagnetic storm overheating a transformer

Take away points

Looking ahead, the growth of the US transmission grid has exploded in the past 60 years. This leaves an abundant amount of the US grid susceptible to more power outages and possibly widespread events.

Bonus: Executive Order — Coordinating Efforts to Prepare the Nation for Space Weather Events (Fall 2016). What does our Gov’t know that we don’t?

Bonus: ATL FED-> Playing the Field: Geomagnetic Storms and the Stock Market

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serotonindumptruck's picture

More Carrington Events, please.

skinwalker's picture

Boy I hope not. That's close to an ELE.

Tallest Skil's picture

Well, if it works. I mean, the cities are going to be the ones really affected by it. Sometimes we need to weed. None of them give a fuck about preventative maintenance (LIKE BURYING ALL OUR POWER LINES) for even the simplest things (tornadoes, ice storms, high winds, etc.), so they deserve what they get.

knukles's picture



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knukles's picture

Nah ... more likely Cyber than space weather.  Methinks it woulda hit more and smaller cities other than US majors.
Nope, stinks it does.  It's an "explanation" to calm your ass down.


Silverlok's picture

"...more likely Cyber than space weather..."

One ( of these) does not precludethe other. remember Tesla ( Nikola ) theorized and then experimented with,  over a hundred years ago,  what is now known as the ionisphere and the geomagnetic resonance cavity ( the tesla shumann resonance cavity ) . Because he knew better than anyone that charge disparities are the only reason elctrons flow...and that , the inbalance between the two ( causative factors aside ) achieves a 'macro' level resonance that is the ' on average' interaction.

In short; if one puts grounding rods too close together then the amount of power they can conduct is reduced as the volumne of electron transfere increases...

hence, if the solar output ( of protons...postively charged: ) radically increases , places putting unaturally large charge disparities into the ground ( places using massive amounts of electricity that needs to 'go to ground') would be the first ones to be expected to heave grid failures as the ground(ing)  potential used in the planning and construction of these sytems and devices ,is ASSUMED TO BE infinite...something provable false.


so a little SBX/harp type help in concetrating , or HARMONIZING the resonate electrical flows during these cme/solar wind effects seems like a no brainer ..efficiency and deniablity wise

serotonindumptruck's picture

You ever hear about the conspiracy theory that Nicola Tesla's experiments resulted in the Tunguska asteroid impact?

Good stuff!

nmewn's picture

Hey! Here's an idea!

How bout we "upgrade" our nuke command & control systems and get them off that old clunky antiquated analog system with built in redundancies that has prevented an accidental launch and go with this shiny new digital cyber space inter-connectivity that the kid with the glasses is talkin about over here!

Of course it can be made hack proof, he's smart! ;-)

manofthenorth's picture

Really nice northern lights last night ;-)

detached.amusement's picture

The STEREO spacecraft basically already give us advanced warnings of these things - this grid failure is something that could have easily been faked.

Sanity Bear's picture

Things that suck:

This article's source
Solar flare fear porn
Link spammers
Your mom

baby_tone's picture

I'm making over $7k a month working part time. I kept hearing other people tell me how much money they can make online so I decided to look into it. Well, it was all true and has totally changed my life. This is what I do...

gdogus erectus's picture

Fantastic theory. Ultimate deniability.

Lore's picture

Strange how the global warmists don't glom onto Space Weather in pursuit of an excuse to rationalise all their failed climate models.

detached.amusement's picture

because co2 is a potential source of tax revenue, and that's the only reason such sloppyness was ever allowed, its the only reason the peer review process was grated money until it became virgin pure as white driven snow with the funder's desired outcomes.

Giant Meteor's picture

Who wrote this may simply be the ministry of propaganda, on the payroll.

Now let us think a bit further ..

Let's say I want to make example of what is not only theoretically possible, but now practical certainty, and let's say I want to make a demonstration .. Well, what better place to start ,,

"San Fransisco, New York, and Los Angeles were the three main areas that were hit the hardest."

But of course they were, as these places have been the theme parks for doom and disaster flicks for the last 30-40 years ..

So on this basis I say, dry run, message received ..

Now if I am "Big Brother", I can't really come out tell the truth, a.k.a "You fucked up, you trusted us!"

Armageddon drills, high alert this, high alert that .. something is majorly in the wind, if not the solar wind ..

spanish inquisition's picture

It won't stop companies from blaming their miss on space weather.

GUS100CORRINA's picture
Title: Yesterday's Broad Power Outage Likely Caused By Geomagnetic Storm. ==== Yesterday, I wrote the following comment. Of course people like detached.amusement were mocking my comment. Then we see today's article that details geomagnetic storm being the root cause of outage. Detached Amusement must be feeling pretty stupid about right now.  Previous Comment from Apr 21, 2017 1:53 PM

Title: "Everything's Out" - San Francisco Blackout Shuts Down BART, Traffic Lights, Business Across Downtown

My response: NIBIRU and NEMESIS Solar System accompanied by Earth Polar Shift??? Confirmation would be the occurrance of a few unexplained earthquakes along with some surprise volcanic activity.

Two weeks ago, west coast was hit by communication sysyem outgage.

The year 2017 is the year of WEIRD STUFF. September 23rd and month of Sep'17 is key time frame for celesitial alignments

Vote up!

Vote down!

-3 detached.amusement   GUS100CORRINA Apr 21, 2017 2:12 PM

yeah get back to us when they actually photograph that shit, or is it going to stay completely invisible until its 500,000 miles away or something stupid?

Oh regional Indian's picture

There is no OUTER space. this is all gobbledegook mumbo jumbo to cover actual machinations. throw ET into the same mix.

They have woven for us a history of fake science fiction, so that when the deviousness began in true fashion (chemtrailing, food poisoning, earth destruction) there would be all these unkown unknowns....

Plus, the massive boondoggles like Nookular power/bumbs, NASA and SETI and all the other joo science SHITE!


GUS100CORRINA's picture

Below are a couple of additional facts regarding geomagnetics:

US in process of renumbering airport runways and recalibrating aviation equipment to compensate for shift in north pole. As of this point, the North Pole has shifted 402 Kilometers toward Siberia.

In addition, all major nations have set up infrared tracking stations Antartica. Even the Catholic Church has set up an infrared tracking station in Arizona. Below is the URL web site that provides details concerning the Catholic Church project labeled LUCIFER. They must be looking for E.T.

If you are a Catholic, you might want to ask the Vatican why they need telescope with infrared capabilities.

2017 looks to be the year for really weird stuff.

Look up, your salvation draws nigh.

Lanka's picture

They are paid shills.  They do not care.  There is no shame, no eating humble pie.

jadan's picture

If the neo-cons would just stop fucking with Russia.....we could all live as One. It's not the weapons you know about that matter. Just ask Tom Bearden. 911 was a "dry run" for new style wet work that converts mass casualties to smoke.

TheVillageIdiot's picture

Total Agreement. Awful elaborate method to rationalize the stupidest line of logic I have every heard (next to the Warren Commission) to hide the fact that aliens simply blasted the corrupt and the snowflakes... 

freedogger's picture

Hard to prep for the world's reactors all melting down in a huge Carrington like event.

serotonindumptruck's picture

I'm not sure if another Carrington Event would qualify as an ELE, but it might give those who are outdoors at the time a fatal dose of UV radiation.

skinwalker's picture

It might be close.

Blowing out all the transformers across half the planet would collapse every supply chain on earth, likely causing billions of deaths.

So no, not the end of the world, but easily the worst thing that ever happened to humanity.

cossack55's picture

Not to mention backup power at the nuke plants 

serotonindumptruck's picture

Alright, you're correct.

If the cooling systems for the nuke plants fail, due to lack of external power, then that gives all NPP's about 12 hours of diesel backup power to keep the cooling ponds and nuclear cores from overheating.

Multiple meltdowns and nuclear accidents would ensue.

NoDecaf's picture

Same goes for all communications. Every central office has a back up genny, and all of them that I have been around do get tested regularly....but boy oh boy that's an awful lot of fuel to be schlepping around if it's a widepread outage. Eventually some of those fuel trucks won't make it.

TheReplacement's picture

The worst thing, that we have actual proof of, that has happened to humanity is bankers.  Most of the planet lives in perpetual slavery to them.  An event like this might be very deadly but it would give humanity a chance to break the chains on a global scale.

Giant Meteor's picture

Just a little warm up for the very big shoe  ..

HockeyFool's picture

Total bullshit story. If it was caused by a solar event the whole country would be impacted and Canada, eh? In fact Eurpoe would be impacted also. Spray a spinning basket ball with your garden hose. It gets the whole damn thing wet. Same thing with solar particles and the earth.

There would have been outages all over the world.

serotonindumptruck's picture

Your basketball analogy doesn't work, as a basketball (being sprayed with a continuous stream of water) doesn't have an invisible magnetic shield around it to repel the water, unlike the Earth for instance.

Son of Loki's picture

Has to be Fake News---- Rachel Madcow said Trump caused it.

CurveBall's picture

So your thought is that; by chance, ONLY the US was hit by this "space weather"? (Russians must have hacked the sun to discharge at just the right time, or maybe they hacked earth to allow for some opening in the "invisible magnetic shield" so only the US would experience this /s). Come on now... I get what you're saying but the likely hood of only the US having grid damage caused by such an event I think are slim to none, leaning more towards none.

Giant Meteor's picture

Also, what is the tie in with the whole Armageddon drill to be held at some future date, which admittedly I know little about ? 

CurveBall's picture

Interesting thought process! Could very well be part and parcel!

serotonindumptruck's picture

Depends upon which side of the planet bears the full force of the solar flare...unless you're one of those people who believe that nothing bad can ever happen to the super-duper glorious regime of the USSA.

Yeah, them evil Russians are to blame.

CurveBall's picture

100%, however, Canada has a large amount electrical infrastructure, no reported issues. I am unsure of central and South America, but I am sure there is enough electrical infrastructure given the population there that there would have also been an effect. Oh no, I definitely believe one reaps what they sow.

Hahaha I knew it was them damn ruskies all along!

Mike in GA's picture

According to Silverlok's comment above, if I understand it correctly, essentially 'electricity flows most easily where electricity is already flowing the most'.  I didn't take the time to look up the science behind it - too tired now - but it is an intriguing theory that makes sense on its face.  I would also explain your question of why just the US - answer, under this theory being - we have more opportunity for a large solar charge to actually induce and ground a destructive current.

CurveBall's picture

Up arrowed you. I will have to plead some ignorance here... and I will definitely be doing some more reading! However I still feel if this were genuinely a space weather caused event there would have also been issues in Canada and central and even into South America.

Tactical Joke's picture

There's this thing called "Earth" between US and Russia that's a pretty good blocker of things like charged particles that you may agree might have some impact regarding who was affect. Of course, if you're a flat-earthtard, disregard. I'm not even going to waste my breath.

Nexus789's picture

Solar flares and their impact are not instantaneous.  That's what the satellites are far in terms of providing early warning so they can reduce the damage to the grid system. Your point about it being  magically isolated to the US is valid. 

HockeyFool's picture

So explain the Carrington event. I guess that the "invisible magnetic shield" prevented that?

Its actually a damn good analogy, because that is exactly how the fuck it works.

The sun ejects a stream of charged particles, it hits the earth like water from a fucking garden hose, the earth spins on its axis exposing more land to the stream of particles. Like a fucking garden hose spraying a fucking spinning ball.

Here's a video


serotonindumptruck's picture

If the Earth's magnetic shield were not in place, none of us would be here right now to debate the issue.

Complex life on the planet would have never developed and evolved at all.

HockeyFool's picture

So we have no worries regarding a coronal mass ejection? Some particles are diveretd, ok I agree, but certainly not all in a large event. Like the Carrington event.

Regardless, if the outages were caused by a solar event, there would have been outages all over the place. Not just in slect cities.

serotonindumptruck's picture

I think the root issue with The Carrington Event is that, at that time (1859), the world wasn't as connected electrically as it is now.

Therefore, we have no true expectation of what types of electrical outages and/or massive surges that might occur in today's world.

Suffice it to say, it would not be a good thing.

A solar event that causes telegraph wires to spontaneously combust in 1859 would create pandemonium in today's world.