Time for my “The End is Here” post for maybe the week. Maybe not. Time will tell. But I just read an article on networkworld.com via slashdot.org about solar activity going to be acting up for the next few days.
“NASA today said a strong-to-severe geomagnetic storm is in progress following a massive solar flare and coronal mass ejection (CME). CMEs are a solar phenomenon that can send solar particles into space and affect electronic systems in satellites and on Earth. Simulations indicate that solar wind plasma has penetrated close to geosynchronous orbit starting at 9am today. Geosynchronous satellites could therefore be directly exposed to solar wind plasma and magnetic fields. High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras after nightfall, NASA stated.”
If you read the hole thing it basically says we might have some flareups over the next week do to this storm. It has already thrown some X-flares a 1.4 and a 1.9. X-flares are the biggest baddest kind of solar flare, with the number rating being a lot like the intensify/strength of the flare. If you were to think Rictor scale for earth quake it is 1-10, for flares it is A, B, C, D, M, X and then values for more intensify. The biggest one that I know of was a X28. So in the not earth shattering. But that one didn’t hit us directly.
Thankfully these haven’t either, but these will mess up satellites a bit and cause some cool light shows.
But the storm is heading this way and we could take a hit or two over the next few days. Be ready.
I also want to point out something that happened last week I think… A guy doing totally normal maintenance work in a power relay station caused a minor short and knocked out power for 3 US states and some parts of Mexico. I guess it took a day or so to get the power back up and running for everyone and just 4-5 hours for most people. And if not for “safe” guards that did trip it would have been much worse.
Sure that is not a major emergency except it was 115 and 4pm. So no power for cooking dinner.
Are you ready for a night with out power? I could do a night or two. I have some books and can cook out side. But after that, Ddo shakes will fire up, the cell phone will die and then what?
Have a plan, that is all I am saying.