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  • #46
    Could A ‘Solar Maximum’ Event Spark Food Riots And Meltdowns? (One Respected Scientist Says ‘Yes!’)

    If Earth is struck by a large solar flare, some in the scientific community believe:
    • The planet will be hit with a widespread loss of power.
    • Air travel would be grounded.
    • Nuclear plants would be crippled and without sufficient back-up power, dozens could meltdown.
    • Satellites would be disabled, causing a serious loss of communication in all areas (military and civilian).
    • Food and medicine would be in short supply, setting up the potential for food riots within days of an outage.

    The same scientists who believe that a large solar strike could lead to a very rapid societal breakdown say that steps to avoid the problem are available and at a relatively low cost to all of us. What is a “relatively low cost?” They estimate the amount of money needed to insulate the power grid (and ourselves) from trouble to be less than one dollar per American. But Congress said “no” to their proposal.

    Is there really cause for concern?

    Over the next fourteen months Earth will be on high alert for a huge burst of electromagnetic energy from the sun. This powerful pulse is known as a “Solar Maximum” – an event that could cause catastrophic damage to power grids and communications systems. The peak time for the next big flare is sometime between now and the end of 2013. This possibility has scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on alert. Tom Bogdan, the director of NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center, is monitoring the situation as closely as possible.
    “We now know how powerful space weather can be and how events that begin on the surface of the Sun can end up wreaking havoc here on Earth. This is why NOAA has a Space Weather Prediction Center — to forecast when space weather is coming our way, so we can avoid or mitigate damages.”
    ..........

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/coul...tist-says-yes/
    TANSTAAFL = There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch

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    • #47
      Reportedly, the one hitting today is neither big nor bad;
      EXCERPT:
      "We're not going to be in for a big disturbance," said Norm Cohen, senior forecaster at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Space Weather Prediction Center in Colorado. "The northern tier of the United States might be able to see aurorae."
      The outburst of electrically charged plasma — also known as a coronal mass ejection, or CME — blasted out from the sun on Jan. 13, sparking a radio blackout. It's taken several days for the blob itself to travel the 93 million miles between the sun and here, but forecasters now expect it to sweep over Earth's magnetic field early to midday Thursday.
      When strong solar storms interact with the magnetosphere, they can spark satellite outages and disrupt electric power grids. Fortunately, this one shouldn't be that strong. (In geekspeak, let's just say that the maximum Kp is expected to reach no higher than 4. NOAA's space weather scale lays out the effects associated with higher Kp levels. Check out the prediction center's Facebook page for space weather updates.)
      http://photoblog.nbcnews.com/_news/2...-be-scary?lite
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      • #48
        Well duh! ...
        Report shows UN admitting solar activity may play significant role in global warming

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        • #49
          Once again;
          A solar 'superstorm' is coming and we'll only get 30-minute warning

          EXCERPT:
          A solar "superstorm" could knock out Earth's communications satellites, cause dangerous power surges in the national grid and disrupt crucial navigation aids and aircraft avionics, a major report has found.

          It is inevitable that an extreme solar storm – caused by the Sun ejecting billions of tonnes of highly-energetic matter travelling at a million miles an hour – will hit the Earth at some time in the near future, but it is impossible to predict more than about 30 minutes before it actually happens, a team of engineers has warned.
          Solar superstorms are estimated to occur once every 100 or 200 years, with the last one hitting the Earth in 1859.
          Although none has occurred in the space age, we are far more vulnerable now than a century ago because of the ubiquity of modern electronics, they said.
          "The general consensus is that a solar superstorm is inevitable, a matter not of 'if' but 'when?'," says a report into extreme space weather by a group of experts at the Royal Academy of Engineering in London.
          In the past half century, there have been a number of "near misses" when an explosive "coronal mass ejection" of energetic matter from the Sun has been flung into space, narrowly bypassing the Earth.
          ...
          http://www.independent.co.uk/news/sc...g-8484058.html


          In many ways, this would be similar to an intentional EMP strike and the defense and preparations are the same for both;
          http://www.empactamerica.org/
          TANSTAAFL = There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch

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          • #50
            The next solar flare looks like it's going to be a big one.

            http://ca.news.yahoo.com/nasa-sees-m...003249636.html

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            • #51
              Originally posted by VinceW View Post
              The next solar flare looks like it's going to be a big one.

              http://ca.news.yahoo.com/nasa-sees-m...003249636.html
              Here's another article on same, with an interesting slide show of Earthly meteor craters at the bottom;
              http://www.weather.com/news/science/...forms-20130220
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              • #52
                First X-Class Solar Flares of 2013
                http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/vis/a010000/a011200/a011285/

                Some impressive photos/images here.
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                • #53
                  Originally posted by G David Bock View Post
                  Well duh! ...
                  Report shows UN admitting solar activity may play significant role in global warming

                  Haven't you been listening to Doc all these years. There is no "global warming". It's all "junk science", remember?

                  Yet another reason to cast the entire UN adrift of the coast of Antarctica in rubber rafts...
                  Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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                  • #54
                    Originally posted by Mountain Man View Post
                    Haven't you been listening to Doc all these years. There is no "global warming". It's all "junk science", remember?

                    Yet another reason to cast the entire UN adrift of the coast of Antarctica in rubber rafts...
                    My baad! I thought he was talking about the globe-Earth, not the globe-Sun/Sol.
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                    • #55
                      Originally posted by G David Bock View Post
                      My baad! I thought he was talking about the globe-Earth, not the globe-Sun/Sol.
                      Truly a mistake of "global" proportions!
                      "In the absence of orders...find something and kill it!" Lt. General Erwin Rommel, 1942

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                      • #56
                        Rather interesting film clip here;
                        Completely by chance, satellites recorded a rare tsunami on the sun
                        http://now.msn.com/solar-tsunami-see...s-suns-surface

                        Speedy tsunami seen on Sun's surface
                        http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-23241896
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                        • #57
                          A near miss for Earth: Solar flare that could have knocked out power, cars and phones came so close two weeks ago

                          An electromagnetic pulse that could have knocked electrical equipment over continent-scale regions barely missed Earth two weeks ago, it has been revealed.
                          Electromagnetic pulses, also known as EMPs, are massive surges of energy that can come from a severe solar flare or from a high altitude nuclear explosion.
                          ‘The world escaped an EMP catastrophe,’ Henry Cooper, who now heads High Frontier, a group pushing for missile defence, toldWashington Secrets.
                          TANSTAAFL = There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch

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                          • #58
                            Sun's magnetic field to flip, but it's less dramatic than it sounds

                            ... meaning that there will be a "complete field reversal" in between three to four months, an event that typically takes place every 11 years.
                            ...
                            Electrical fluctuations around the sun, which will increase in intensity due to the swap, can create "stormy space weather around our planet."
                            ...
                            http://now.msn.com/sun-magnetic-fiel...n-a-few-months


                            And from NASA;
                            http://science.nasa.gov/science-news...aug_fieldflip/
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                            • #59
                              Supposedly not too much "EMP" worry, and maybe some aurora boreilous shows;
                              Sun fires solar storm directly toward Earth -- at 2 million mph

                              EXCERPT
                              ...
                              The particles ejected by Earth-directed CMEs typically take two or three days to reach our planet, at which point they can trigger geomagnetic storms that can disrupt radio communications, GPS signals and power grids.
                              However, Tuesday's blast doesn't appear to have too much disruptive potential.
                              ESA and NASA / SOHO
                              The SOHO LASCO C3 instrument captured this coronographic image of the Earth-directed CME. Notice how the CME appears as a halo around the sun. This is indicative of an Earth-directed event.

                              "In the past, geomagnetic storms caused by CMEs of this strength have usually been mild," NASA officials wrote.

                              CMEs that hit Earth can also ramp up the auroras, also known as the northern and southern lights. In fact, an enhanced auroral display may be on tap tonight and tomorrow for some skywatchers, thanks to a CME that erupted on Saturday.
                              The cloud from this CME is not expected to slam directly into Earth, but our planet will likely cruise through the cloud's wake after it passes by, experts said.
                              "This could trigger polar geomagnetic storms despite the CME being off-target," the website SpaceWeather.com reported Tuesday. "High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras on August 20-21."
                              ...
                              http://www.nbcnews.com/science/sun-f...mph-6C10963172
                              TANSTAAFL = There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch

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                              • #60
                                And that, GD, is why we live in the country, where we leave the lights and electricity OFF for most of every day. EMP only fries working circuits, not those that are shut down.

                                We have our own generator, and more than sufficient back-up and secondary systems to carry on our normal lives long after all of the city slickers are left in the dark.


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