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Solar storm headed toward Earth may disrupt power
Associated Press ^ | March 7, 2012 | SETH BORENSTEIN

Posted on 03/07/2012 11:32:42 AM PST by Free ThinkerNY

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.

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TOPICS: Science
KEYWORDS: beprepared; emp; getreadyhereitcomes; preparenow; prepperping; selfreliance; shtf; solar; solarstorm; storm; survivalping

1 posted on 03/07/2012 11:32:49 AM PST by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Buy stocks!


2 posted on 03/07/2012 11:34:54 AM PST by steve86 (I have Schizoid Personality Disorder and am exercising the privileges thereof)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

The sun now competing with the EPA.


3 posted on 03/07/2012 11:35:54 AM PST by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: steve86

Drink more Ovaltine!


4 posted on 03/07/2012 11:36:08 AM PST by PaForBush
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To: Free ThinkerNY

So how fast does a solar storm travel?


5 posted on 03/07/2012 11:36:18 AM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Getting conflicting reports. Is it expected to hit us tonight or tomorrow morning?


6 posted on 03/07/2012 11:36:53 AM PST by COBOL2Java (Mitt Romney is SEVERELY conservative - and I'm SEVERELY against giving him my vote!)
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To: GeronL

Depends who’s driving.


7 posted on 03/07/2012 11:39:09 AM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
The sun erupted Tuesday evening, and the effects should start smacking Earth around 7 a.m. EST Thursday

I'm filing for solar abuse....

8 posted on 03/07/2012 11:40:10 AM PST by mikrofon (Re: Dangerous Particle Charges)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Be interesting to see how GPS reacts, if at all.


9 posted on 03/07/2012 11:40:23 AM PST by tgusa (gun control: deep breath, sight alignment, squeeze the trigger .......)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

“May” disrupt power. More hokum from AssPress.

Shame. Frightening old ladies, children and liberals.

And maybe flying monkeys will come out their collective butts.


10 posted on 03/07/2012 11:40:41 AM PST by alloysteel (Are Democrats truly "better angels"? They are lousy stewards for America.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Chevy Volts hardest hit!

11 posted on 03/07/2012 11:41:07 AM PST by BIGLOOK (Keelhaul Congress!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

“Charged particles” - Deal of the Century


12 posted on 03/07/2012 11:45:40 AM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: Jonty30

lol


13 posted on 03/07/2012 11:51:36 AM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

fashioning my tin foil hat now.....


14 posted on 03/07/2012 11:52:41 AM PST by Kimmers (Pray more and shoot straight.........)
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To: appalachian_dweller; OldPossum; DuncanWaring; VirginiaMom; CodeToad; goosie; kalee; ...

Preppers’ PING!


15 posted on 03/07/2012 11:55:40 AM PST by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: COBOL2Java

Believe an earlier one was due by today then this even worse one shot out.


16 posted on 03/07/2012 11:59:04 AM PST by John W (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

torrent, disrupt power, airplanes, smack earth..

See any hype?


17 posted on 03/07/2012 12:04:35 PM PST by Freddd (NoPA ngineers.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Do I need sunscreen for this?


18 posted on 03/07/2012 12:09:51 PM PST by OrangeHoof (Obama: The Dr. Kevorkian of the American economy.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Bush’s fault


19 posted on 03/07/2012 12:13:28 PM PST by nomobs
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I don’t mind a power outage now and then. It breaks up the monotony of routine everyday life. But, if I were on an operating table with my chest open, I’d mind.


20 posted on 03/07/2012 12:18:28 PM PST by ZX12R (FUBO GTFO 2012 ! We should take off and Newt washington from orbit.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY; AFPhys

Aurora alert time?


21 posted on 03/07/2012 12:36:19 PM PST by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I haven’t checked so don’t know for sure about this one but Google 1859 Carrington event. A really big one could do big damage.


22 posted on 03/07/2012 12:41:47 PM PST by vanilla swirl (We are the Patrick Henry we have been waiting for!)
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To: alloysteel

About once a year for, oh, say, the last 20 years, the bird-cage-liner press and alphabet networks have trumpeted the coming of a solar storm that “might” knock out power and satellite communications, etc.

Not once in that time have I personally experienced or heard of power or satellite communications being affected.


23 posted on 03/07/2012 12:54:37 PM PST by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Sun spot activity is at it’s highest cycle this year.


24 posted on 03/07/2012 1:12:27 PM PST by Marcella (Newt will bash Hussein in debates - Newt needs money.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Bump

SSD


25 posted on 03/07/2012 1:41:30 PM PST by 444Flyer (~Leaning on the everlasting arms~ (Deuteronomy 33:27) (John 3))
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To: BIGLOOK

LOL! One can only hope!


26 posted on 03/07/2012 2:01:42 PM PST by EdReform (Oath Keepers - Guardians of the Republic - Honor your oath - Join us: www.oathkeepers.org)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
East coast gets radiated Thursday morning..At least the sun won't be up in the west.

Some studies now suggests these large solar flares, in some cases, cause human hair to slowly become like a brillo pad.

27 posted on 03/07/2012 2:13:19 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Jonty30

It can’t be much worse than an evil SUV driving itself.


28 posted on 03/07/2012 2:21:53 PM PST by bgill (Romney & Obama are both ineligible. A non-NBC GOP prez shuts down all ?s on Obama's admin)
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To: Kartographer
That reminds me, Doomsday Bunkers is coming on tonight on the Discovery Channel at 10:00PM EST. (check the time for your area)
29 posted on 03/07/2012 2:41:59 PM PST by blam
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To: metmom; SunkenCiv; KevinDavis

That’s what I was wondering. Might we see the Aurora Borealis tonight in the southern latitides?


30 posted on 03/07/2012 8:36:35 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: nomobs

Al Gore predicted this!


31 posted on 03/07/2012 8:38:35 PM PST by Right Ahead
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To: John W; All

Got this in my email today

SOLAR ACTIVITY: Big sunspot AR1429 has unleashed another major flare—an X5-class eruption on March 7th at 00:28 UT. As a result of the blast, a radiation storm is underway and a CME will likely hit Earth’s magnetic field in a day or so. Geomagnetic storms are already in progress at high latitudes due to earlier eruptions from the active sunspot. Last night, auroras were spotted over several northern-tier US states including Michigan and Wisconsin. Check http://spaceweather.com for updates and images.


32 posted on 03/07/2012 10:47:40 PM PST by Shadowstrike (Be polite, Be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: ZX12R

“But, if I were on an operating table with my chest open, I’d mind.”

No you wouldn’t.

As a matter of fact, you’d sleep right through it.


33 posted on 03/07/2012 11:03:37 PM PST by Nik Naym (It's not my fault... I have compulsive smartass disorder.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

You may want to read the following article(s) and make your own case.....http://www.viewzone2.com/endtime.html ..good luck...it happened before and can happen again


34 posted on 03/08/2012 1:31:44 AM PST by saintgermaine
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To: BenLurkin

I think this is just more AGW agitprop — these flares must have happened many times before, but we have better pictures, more reliable data, kinda like when the ozone hole was discovered, and was attributed to human activity, even though it’s a 100 percent natural phenom. When the wave rolls through and nothing happens, it’ll be used as a prop to claim that only human activity causes current climate change.


35 posted on 03/08/2012 3:35:38 AM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
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To: Nik Naym

Now that’s funny! Thanks!


36 posted on 03/08/2012 5:42:38 AM PST by The FIGHTIN Illini
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