Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Strong Solar Eruptions

Hope the grid holds up! If it didn't, do you have a means of getting clean drinking water? A few week's worth of non-perishables? What if there were no power for a week or longer? Might be something to think about - a Carrington Event, such as was experienced in the 1800s, would be devastating to the global power grid and portable electronics if it happened now. Being at least somewhat prepared doesn't hurt. It's not being all crazy-paranoid, it's being smart. If nothing happens, you have some extra goods on hand. If something does happen, well, maybe your efforts will save you and your loved ones. Don't forget the critter supplies.

From Spaceweather.com:
Solar activity is high.  During a 24 hour period straddling May 13th and 14th, the sun unleashed three X-class solar flares.  These are the strongest flares of the year so far, and they signal a significant increase in solar activity.  The source of the flares, a large sunspot on the sun's eastern limb, appears poised to erupt again as it turns toward Earth.  Check http://spaceweather.com for more information. NOAA forecasters estimate a 40% chance of more X-flares during the next 24 hours.

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