Solar Storm Prediction – 2012

I don’t recall whether this was ever brought to mention as a possibility for the 2012 event that people are concerned about. While cleaning out my email archives today, I found this link to the article below. It’s definitely worth reading in its entirety if you have a couple of minutes.

I’m thinking this is probably closer to reality than an “end of days.” On another note, maybe ‘end of days’ is nothing more than end of daylight as we know it until our grids are back up and running. ;)


Amplify’d from

Powerful Solar Storm Could Shut Down U.S. for Months

Friday, January 09, 2009

By Robert Roy Britt
A new study from the National Academy of Sciences outlines grim possibilities on Earth for a worst-case scenario solar storm.

The prediction is based in part on a major solar storm in 1859 that caused telegraph wires to short out in the United States and Europe, igniting widespread fires.

“A contemporary repetition of the [1859] event would cause significantly more extensive (and possibly catastrophic) social and economic disruptions,” the researchers conclude.

When the sun is in the active phase of its 11-year cycle, it can unleash powerful magnetic storms that disable satellites, threaten astronaut safety, and even disrupt communication systems on Earth.

“Emergency services would be strained, and command and control might be lost,” write the researchers, led by Daniel Baker, director of the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

— In 1989, the sun unleashed a tempest that knocked out power to all of Quebec, Canada.

— A remarkable 2003 rampage included 10 major solar flares over a two-week period, knocking out two Earth-orbiting satellites and crippling an instrument aboard a Mars orbiter.

The race is on for better forecasting abilities, as the next peak in solar activity is expected to come around 2012.

Some scientists expect the next peak to bring more severe events than other recent peaks.




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