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    Solar storm headed toward Earth may disrupt power

    http://www.centurylink.net/news/read...SNWU00L2_UNEWS

    WASHINGTON (AP) The largest solar flare in five years is racing toward Earth, threatening to unleash a torrent of charged particles that could disrupt power grids, GPS and airplane flights.

    The sun erupted Tuesday evening, and the effects should start smacking Earth around 7 a.m. EST Thursday, according to forecasters at the federal government's Space Weather Prediction Center. They say the flare is growing as it speeds outward from the sun.

    "It's hitting us right in the nose," said Joe Kunches, a scientist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. He called it the sun's version of "Super Tuesday."

    The solar storm is likely to last through Friday morning, but the region that erupted can still send more blasts our way, Kunches said. He said another set of active sunspots is ready to aim at Earth right after this.

    But for now, scientists are waiting to see what happens Thursday when the charged particles hit Earth at 4 million mph.


    More at link....

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    Why do I read this stuff when there is lots to worry about, but absolutely nothing I can do about it?
    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?


    "Just when the caterpillar thought its world was over, it became a butterfly" ~ Michelle Knight

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    I'm interested in seeing how the day goes

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    Here is a good site to watch at night. All last night the reading were real low. They are going up now.

    http://softservenews.com/Aurora.htm

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    Another article:
    http://gizmodo.com/5891521/huge-sola...communications

    I think this is totally cool...it will be interesting to see how things are affected (or, "if" they're affected) today and tomorrow...

    This is a huge, huge flare, and it's quite clear we're in the way. Some of the 'gloom and doom' websites are in an uproar about this, and some folks are panicking. Frankly, I don't really see anything to panic about...but apparently, some folks are. Sigh. Bless their hearts.

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    Think I'm going to sit outside and recharge my batteries, normally reserved for going to best buy.

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    I'll be working ... and waiting ... (cue Twilight Zone music).


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    Good chance you will be able to see northern lights in most of the US in a few minutes. Worth checking out if you are awake.
    Last time we had a 7 they saw them in ALabama
    in 38 minutes, the Geomagnetic Activity level (Kp number) will be 7.67 -- at 'STORM' LEVEL! (It's On!!)

    http://softservenews.com/Aurora.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Herding Cats View Post
    Another article:
    http://gizmodo.com/5891521/huge-sola...communications

    I think this is totally cool...it will be interesting to see how things are affected (or, "if" they're affected) today and tomorrow...

    This is a huge, huge flare, and it's quite clear we're in the way. Some of the 'gloom and doom' websites are in an uproar about this, and some folks are panicking. Frankly, I don't really see anything to panic about...but apparently, some folks are. Sigh. Bless their hearts.

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    I'm thinking of selling "I survived the Solar Flare" tshirts. Do you think anyone will buy them?
    Justice for Holly Bobo🎀

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    Did anyone see anything? (I was in dreamland)


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    I saw nothing (but I had incredibly vivid dreams lol)
    England's dancing days are done...

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    A backhand slap from end of solar storm

    http://centurylink.net/news/read.php...org%3E&ps=1018

    WASHINGTON (AP) Space weather forecasters say the solar storm that seemed to be more fizzle than fury got much stronger overnight. It's now the most potent solar storm since 2004.
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    And more is coming. The federal government's Space Weather Prediction Center says the same area of the sun erupted again Thursday night, with a milder storm expected in the early hours of Sunday morning........


    Link has a great pic of an aurora borealis over Russia...

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    A Super Solar Flare
    http://science.nasa.gov/science-news...rringtonflare/

    If a Carrington Event happened today, it would be really bad.

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    Anyone experience effects from this yet? We are RVing and we and the neighbors have had periodic satellite tv outages all day (socked in with a flu bug, tv and WS have been my life lately).

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    One of my hobbies is shortwave radio listening. The past 24 hours, reception has been very difficult, it's as if no one is on the air all across the dial. Have been doing this since the 1950's and never noted anything remotely like this before, a little scary.
    'Never stop fighting..never give up'

    Kevin Kostner as Eliott Ness in 'The Untouchables'

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