NOAA explains why geomagnetic storm won't hit Earth on March 18

Solar flare

Solar flare

Reports of a major solar storms that could wreak havoc on Earth this week are wide of the mark, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which has not noted any significant storm-related activity on the Sun.

The magnetic storm was created last week by an explosion in the Sun's atmosphere known as a solar flare, which caused charged particles from the flare to make their way to Earth.

NOAA officials also reported that all that has started from a misreading of the geomagnetic storms charts released online by the Russian Lebedev Institute.

In an emailed statement to Newsweek, NOAA Space Weather Forecast Center chief Robert Rutledge told the publication that reports of a "massive" geomagnetic storm affecting our planet on March 18 may have been blown out of proportion.

Apparently, NOAA has no idea what is this all about as and how did Russians come up with that information.

The storm's arrival coincides with the formation of "equinox cracks" in the Earth's magnetic field, which form around the equinoxes on March 20 and September 23 every year. The category rises from G1 to G5 with the increase in the intensity of the geomagnetic storms.


A geomagnetic solar storm is expected to hit Earth in the next couple of days, allowing the auroras to be seen from Australia.

The dancing lights of the aurora may become visible in parts of Scotland and northern England and in northern regions of the US, including in MI and Maine.

According to the SWPC, it's possible that the solar storm - which will occur when charged particles from the sun interacting with Earth's magnetic field - will cause "weak power grid fluctuations" and may have a "minor impact on satellite operations". The storm could result in blackouts and jeopardize communication satellites, and thus all telecommunication on Earth.

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. One storm occurred in 1859, while the latter occurred in 1989, which resulted in a nine-hour blackout in Canada.

Just because this storm isn't up to the hype doesn't mean that solar storms in general should be ignored. But the incoming storm is said to be minor, even though it may create an impressive display of the Northern Lights.

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