Solar storm may hit earth as soon as today
A solar storm is headed to earth and could cause technological issues around the globe.
A coronal hole, as it is known scientifically, is firing off solar winds towards our planet and scientists believe that they will end up hitting us sometime later today, or within the next few days. Although the storm is considered “minor” at G1 level, it still has the potential to cause issues in power grids.
SpaceWeather forecasters say that the hole has opened up and is casting off the solar winds towards earth.
“A hole has opened in the sun’s atmosphere, and it is spewing a stream of solar wind toward Earth. G1-class geomagnetic storms and polar auroras are possible when the solar wind arrives on April 19-20.”
Skywatchers are looking for what’s known as Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancement, or STEVE, which will likely show up as an emanating aurora in the skies above. These are, in essence, Southern and Northern lights.
Here’s the bad rub for us humans…
Our modern world is protected by magnetic fields. Without magnetic fields, we’d all fry to death under intense radiation waves. They’re going to do their job, so don’t worry, we aren’t going to melt away. However, the solar flares may serve to heat up the earth’s outer atmospheric lining to a level that disrupts our orbiting satellite technology.
What does this mean?
Well, your trusty iPhone might fail, your GPS might lead you astray, and your satellite TV might not tune into that Fixer Upper marathon when you want it to. Worse more, surging particles from the flares may increase electrical currents in our magnetosphere which could lead to surging electricity in our grid, which then, in turn, could blow power transformers. And that could knock the power out. Now might be a decent time to prepare for an EMP attack, because that’s essentially what this all comes down to. Remember, we prepare for EMP attacks that are both manufactured by man and nature alike.
You might lose power. Your phone might end up jacked. But you won’t fry. At least we hope not.
Author: Jim Satney
PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.