Friday, September 9, 2011

Solar Flare on Sept.9, 2011

Upon returning home from work today, I was not shocked to see that we had ad a power failure.  They happen all the time here and are usually short lived.  The wife told me what time and for how long and when I opened my email, I had a notice that there was a solar flare this morning that generated a level 2 geomagnetic storm.  The time and duration of the flare coincided perfectly to the timing of the power outage.  Still think solar flares aren't a concern?  This was a short lived and relatively weak flare, that caused little damage to the grid, however, larger storms are being predicted in the next 1-2 years.  I think this is something to keep an eye on.

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