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AOL.com Article - Scientists: 'Extreme' solar storm heading to Earth

"By SETH BORENSTEIN WASHINGTON (AP) - An extreme solar flare is blasting its way to Earth and could mess up some power grids, satellites and radio transmissions, scientists say.
It's been several years since Earth has had a solar storm of this size coming from sunspots smack in the middle of the sun, said Tom Berger, director of the Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder, Colorado.
Solar storms happen often, especially during peaks in the solar cycle, and don't directly harm people. But what makes this one more worrisome is its location on the sun along with its strength, he said.
"There's been a giant magnetic explosion on the sun," Berger said. "Because it's pointed right at us, we'll at least catch some of the cloud" of highly energized and magnetized plasma that can disrupt Earth's magnetic sphere, which sometimes leads to temporary power grid problems.
Forecasters don't yet know when Wednesday's solar storm will arrive here and which part of the planet will be facing the sun and bear the brunt of the effects. It could arrive as early as Thursday morning or may take a few days.
Berger said scientists will have a better idea after they get more satellite data. The first part of the storm, which arrives in only a few minutes, has already affected radio transmissions. It can also damage satellites.
The flare is considered "extreme" on forecasters' scale, but just barely so, Berger said.
On the plus side, sun flares expand the colorful northern lights so people farther south can see them.."
 

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you were up early brother man.... tx for the heads up.
 

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Yea was getting ready for work and saw that. Looks like it might hit tomorrow sometime but have not been able to see exactly when or where yet. We also have a chance of seeing northern lights I think but again not sure when.
 

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Faraday cage anyone?
 

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Great. Hoarding of batteries and glow sticks....................................

I'll need those to find the last ammo at WallyWorld.
 

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STORM WARNING: A pair of CMEs is heading for Earth. The two solar storm clouds were launched on Sept. 9th and 10th by strong explosions in the magnetic canopy of sunspot AR2158. NOAA forecasters estimate a nearly 80% chance of polar geomagnetic storms on Sept. 12th when the first of the two CMEs arrives. Auroras are in the offing, possibly visible at mid-latitudes before the weekend..Aurora alerts: text, voice
EARTH-DIRECTED X-FLARE AND CME: Sunspot AR2158 erupted on Sept. 10th at 17:46 UT, producing an X1.6-class solar flare. A flash of ultraviolet radiation from the explosion ionized the upper layers of Earth's atmosphere, disturbing HF radio communications for more than an hour. More importantly, the explosion hurled a CME directly toward Earth. The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory photographed the expanding cloud:
Radio emissions from shock waves at the leading edge of the CME suggest that the cloud tore through the sun's atmosphere at speeds as high as 3750 km/s. That would make this a very fast moving storm, and likely to reach Earth before the weekend. Auroras are definitely in the offing. Stay tuned for a more detailed forecast in the hours ahead. Aurora alerts: text, voice
 

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Great. Hoarding of batteries and glow sticks....................................

I'll need those to find the last ammo at WallyWorld.
U see..should be ordering online youd have it all in the comfort of your underwear..hehe
 

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Well boys... May be my last message out to y'all.

You see, I'm in the Domincan Republic (Punta Cana) on some vacation with the fiancée and if this hits.... Well, I'll have to start a new group called "DRShovel-Bearers" since no firearms here and it won't be online anymore lol.

Will try and keep tabs on what's going on but keep a guy updated.
 

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I've been hearing this same clarion call for more than 30 years and have never seen ANY effect of ANY kind or even heard of one. Sounds like Global Warming to me.
 

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I think we'll see some pretty lights in the sky at night. Most folks won't even notice, for those active on the RF bands, there may be enhanced communications on some of the bands and interruption on others.
 

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Lets see. Walkie Talkies, ipad with survival documents loaded, extra coil, points and voltage regulator for pre 1970 car, batteries, solar chargers, and the list goes on..
Miggggghty grande Faraday cage/box..crate
 

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Solar flare hits midtown 1 Casualty by the name fuac!!!!!! GO SOLAR FLARE
 
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