Global Skywatch

Ted’s essays

grid jeopardy

Three major actions of the sun may hit the Earth hard September 8th and 9th.

The possibility of SOME EFFECT is near absolute. We WILL KNOW something hit us.

The likelihood of some damage to electronics and electrical transmission somewhere on Earth is very high. Some communities somewhere will lose their power.

The probability of global grid failure is around 10%. It is not likely to be catastrophic. That is also to say that it could be catastrophic.

Check your preparations for that sort of catastrophe TODAY.

While in the midst of moving, I cannot drop everything and go on a prep-shopping binge today. But I can certainly re-prioritize some of my moving activities focusing on electronics and power-failure gear.

I suspect you are in a similar position. Just take a few minutes to consider what you could do today.

Solar Flare

SEP 7 Sunspot AR2673 unleashed a major X9.3-class solar flare (the strongest solar flare in more than a decade.) The X-rays and UV radiation created a strong radio blackout over Europe, Africa and the Atlantic Ocean. But yesterdays CME didn’t have a significant impact on Earth’s magnetic field. However, another CME is on the way and is more potent. Strong G3-class geomagnetic storms are possible. If you have Faraday protection for your sensitive electronics, you may want to store them starting September 8th before the CME hits Earth.