On Monday, the airwaves were bombarded with solar storm warnings. These warnings stated that a major solar storm was headed to Earth and there could be interruptions in our satellites, power grids, and communications.
According to Bob Rutledge, the Lead of Operations for NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center, there are no major solar storms headed our way.
"It’s very quiet. There’s no Sun spots right now – for the major solar storms you’re going to need a really large Sun spot region to be the source of the eruption. We have some very low level G-1 storms predicted for later this week. G-1 is the lowest of our geomagnetic storm scale – that comes with, frequently, no effect."
What is a solar storm?
A solar storm is a disturbance in Earth's magnetic field which are caused by changes in solar wind. Larger storms are accompanied by solar coronal mass ejections, which are massive expulsions of energy from the sun's outer atmosphere. A sun spot is a major symptom in a large solar storm. When these storms hit Earth, they can generate beautiful Northern Lights in the northern parts of the world. When the storms are massive, they can interrupt our power grids and more.
Solar storms are measured on a G-1 to G-5 scale. G-1 causes very little to no damage, whereas G-5 can cause massive electrical problems.
Basically, there are no major solar storms headed our way. Unless you hear it from NOAA themselves, don't believe the hype. It's best to get the information from the horse's mouth.
source: story on Fox News via NOAA
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