Solar Storm to Hit Earth. Will We See the Aurora Borealis?

Solar Storm to Hit Earth. Will We See the Aurora Borealis?

A minor solar storm is traveling toward Earth and is expected to hit as early as Wednesday.

'The largest storms that result from these conditions are associated with solar coronal mass ejections (CMEs) where a billion tons or so of plasma from the sun, with its embedded magnetic field, arrives at Earth'.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), a minor geomagnetic storm watch is in effect for March 14 and 15.

NOAA supports creating forecasts for weather on our planet. Although a geomagnetic storm is coming to the northern hemisphere, it sounds like a pretty mild one.

"This story is not plausible in any way, shape, or form", Bob Rutledge, head of NOAA's Space Weather Forecast Center, told Newsweek. "Things are all quiet for space weather, and the sun is essentially spotless".


The initial news on the massive geomagnetic storm appeared on Monday, and soon after fired up Google News. However, the activity should be nothing more than a minor storm, as NOAA's readings show comparable readings.

For any of this to make sense, you should probably understand what a geomagnetic storm is. G1 storms, like the one due on Sunday, occur about 2,000 times every 11 years-or once every two days.

This scale is based in part on an index created from the amount of magnetic deviation a storm might produce on the ground combined with measurements of a variety of currents with fabulous names, including the "auroral electrojets" and the "field-aligned current".

For those who are unconvinced or fear the upcoming geomagnetic storm on March 18, they can stay prepared for any emergency similar to how they would prepare for any natural calamity. In addition to disrupting telecommunications systems, geomagnetic storms have the potential to affect human beings and other living things, changing the way our blood flows, causing dizziness, and interrupting our sleep patterns. According to the federal government's Ready.gov website, there are a couple of these storms that have caused such damage.

In March 1989, a powerful geomagnetic storm set off a blackout in Canada that left six million people without electricity for nine hours. Be sure to have fresh water on hand, gas in your car's tank and copies of any important documents or information you might need.

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