Thursday, March 8, 2012

Hang On To Your Tin Foil Hat: Strong Solar Storm Hitting Earth Today

A strong geomagnetic storm is racing at millions of miles per hour from the Sun toward Earth, scientists say. 

Its arrival today could affect power grids, airplane routes, communications and navigation systems like refined GPS used in industry.

Christian Science Monitor says this is just one of a group of solar storms, and another batch is in the cooker.

North American utilities are monitoring for abnormalities on their grids and have contingency plans, said Kimberly Mielcarek, spokeswoman for the North American Electric Reliability Corp.

According to a story in Reuters, today's event is a harbinger of things to come as the sun's activity hits its peak next year. 

On the other hand, today's high will be 67. Enjoy!

Photo courtesy of NOAA

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