Forecasters: New Solar Flare Won't Cause Problems

By: AP
By: AP

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Forecasters say a new solar flare should provide only a glancing blow on Earth on Friday and is unlikely to cause any problems.

The National Weather Service's Space Weather Prediction Center says northern lights may be slightly more visible, but there should be no radio, satellite or electrical grid disruptions.

They say the flare that erupted from a sunspot Tuesday is fairly big, but most of it will miss Earth, going far above the planet.

Senior forecaster Norm Cohen said the flare should arrive around 1:30 p.m. EDT Friday, but is nothing to worry about.

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  • by Nath Location: Colo Spgs on Sep 7, 2011 at 03:35 PM
    If we get hit with one the size of the 1859 solar storm,which fried telegraph wires and equipment, it could result in tillions of dollars of worthless electronic gadgets as well as electrical grid failures that could take months to repair. No refrigeration, phones, electric lights, car electronics fried, and more. We would be back to horse and buggy and oil lamp days for a while.
  • by yup Location: Colorado Springs on Sep 7, 2011 at 03:26 PM
    Bring on the blizzards man!
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