A Backhand Slap From End Of Solar Storm

By: AP
By: AP
Space weather forecasters say the solar storm that seemed to be more fizzle than fury got much stronger overnight.

Sun spots and flares rise from surface of sun, SOHO ultraviolet photo (AP)

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.

So far, no power outages or other technological disturbances have been reported from the solar storm that started on Tuesday.

It reached Earth on Thursday morning at mild levels. But for several hours early Friday morning it turned strong. Scientists say that's because the magnetic orientation of the storm flipped.

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.


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  • by Mack's on Mar 10, 2012 at 10:07 AM
    Probable technology disruptions and power outages like the article says.
  • by Joe Location: COS on Mar 7, 2012 at 08:08 PM
    smh has asked a relevant question - it would be nice to find an educated answer on a news site.
  • by smh Location: rf on Mar 7, 2012 at 04:22 PM
    how will we be affected???
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