Massive X-Class Solar Storm To Slam Earth Tomorrow, Could Knockout Satellites, Power

A solar storm caused by an X-Class solar flare facing directly towards earth is likely to hit tomorrow. The brunt of the activity will be in the higher latitudes, however the aurora it generates could result in Northern Lights as far south as Michigan and Maine, as well as parts of Scotland and Northern England.

The X-class flare was the first of two, according to NASA. It is the largest in 2018, as well as one of the largest in the sun's current cycle known as the solar minimum which began in 2007. The arrival of the storm could leave commercial flights and GPS systems vulnerable to disruption - however the storm is currently considered a G-1, or "minor geomagnetic storm," which could become more serious depending on how the charged particles hit the earth.

Below is a visualization of a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME)

Coronal holes and coronal mass ejections (CME) visible via x-ray imaging

The storm also coincides with the formation of "equinox cracks" in the Earth's magnetic field - which typically occur around the March 20 and September 23 equinoxes every year.

This is called the the “Russell-McPherron effect,” named after the researchers who first explained it. The cracks are opened by the solar wind itself.  South-pointing magnetic fields inside the solar wind oppose Earth’s north-pointing magnetic field. The two, N vs. S, partially cancel one another, weakening our planet’s magnetic defenses. This cancellation can happen at any time of year, but it happens with greatest effect around the equinoxes. Indeed, a 75-year study shows that March is the most geomagnetically active month of the year, followed closely by September-October–a direct result of “equinox cracks.”

NASA and European spacecraft have detected these cracks for several years.

"We used to think the connection was permanent and that solar wind could trickle into the near-Earth environment anytime the wind was active," said David Sibeck of the Goddard Space Flight Center in 2008. "We were wrong. The connections are not steady at all. They are often brief, bursty and very dynamic."



DeadFred Richard Chesler Tue, 03/13/2018 - 22:47 Permalink

Strange, I follow solar activity all the time and as far as I can see this is fake news. I'll keep looking but as far as I can see there are no sunspots and there were no flares. Very strange.

Edit: the solar storm that's expected is from a coronal hole and it won't be huge. Of course the earth's magnetic field is growing weaker so even the smaller solar storms are getting through. The X class flares were from last fall. They were the source of energy that made the hurricanes so strong. Someone mixed up their sources.

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wolf pup FlyinHigh Wed, 03/14/2018 - 01:10 Permalink

Fake News. Minor to moderate coronal hole stream; no flares. Minor to non-existent tech interruptions. 

You’re so right about S0’s community. Ben Davidson is excellent at teaching solar physics in layman’s terms. 

I wake each morning to his short videos. His disaster app is excellent and he is well respected by all. The health aspects are disturbing, and his series on a magnetic flip, and on the sun itself are stellar (pun intended),  and backed up by real hard science  

Lots to learn! Keeps my aging brain working. 

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Oliver Klozoff JimmyJones Tue, 03/13/2018 - 22:45 Permalink

There's an increase in solar wind from a coronal hole that is presently pointed at Earth but it will produce only minor geomagnetic storms.

But the increase in gamma ray radiation along with increasing cosmic rays due to Earth's weakening magnetic field heat up the core and mantle and are directly linked to earthquakes and volcanism.

The present coronal hole looks like a gash running horizontally across the face of the Sun. That makes it a long duration event, similar to "training" thunderstorms that last for hours or even over days.

Still I would add a reliable water source to that list and a portable water filter too. I saw a vid where this guy drinks water from a friggin puddle through a straw type device.


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