Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Report: Powerful Solar Storm Could Shut Down U.S. for Months
Fox News ^ | January 08, 2009 | Robert Roy Britt

Posted on 01/08/2009 4:57:24 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

A new study from the National Academy of Sciences outlines grim possibilities on Earth for a worst-case scenario solar storm.

Damage to power grids and other communications systems could be catastrophic, the scientists conclude, with effects leading to a potential loss of governmental control of the situation.

The prediction is based in part on major solar storm in 1859 caused telegraph wires to short out in the United States and Europe, igniting widespread fires.

It was perhaps the worst in the past 200 years, according to the new study, and with the advent of modern power grids and satellites, much more is at risk.

"A contemporary repetition of the [1859] event would cause significantly more extensive (and possibly catastrophic) social and economic disruptions," the researchers conclude.

When the sun is in the active phase of its 11-year cycle, it can unleash powerful magnetic storms that disable satellites, threaten astronaut safety, and even disrupt communication systems on Earth.

The worst storms can knock out power grids by inducing currents that melt transformers.

Modern power grids are so interconnected that a big space storm — the type expected to occur about once a century — could cause a cascade of failures that would sweep across the United States, cutting power to 130 million people or more in this country alone, the new report concludes.

Such widespread power outages, though expected to be a rare possibility, would affect other vital systems.

(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: catastrophism; economy; obama; solarflares
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-98 next last
Maybe this was what Joe Biden was talking about.
1 posted on 01/08/2009 4:57:25 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

This is series.


2 posted on 01/08/2009 4:59:14 PM PST by FlyingEagle
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

ping


3 posted on 01/08/2009 4:59:17 PM PST by unkus
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

Bush’s fault!


4 posted on 01/08/2009 5:00:02 PM PST by LongTimeMILurker
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

More liberal scare-science targeted at the mentally handicapped liberal voters....another GW-style scam in the brewing??

What’s next you mindless libs? Attack of the KILLER TOMATOES??


5 posted on 01/08/2009 5:00:33 PM PST by EagleUSA
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

Lions, tigers and bears, oh my!


6 posted on 01/08/2009 5:01:25 PM PST by FMBass ("Now that I'm sober I watch a lot of news"- Garofalo from Coulter's "Treason")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: FlyingEagle
And hugh.


7 posted on 01/08/2009 5:01:57 PM PST by Viking2002 (Let's be proactive and start the impeachment NOW.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

Naw....Plugs Biden was talking about a MANUFACTURED crisis, the one that Rham Emmanuel says is an opportunity they can’t let slip by. Just like the DUmbasses who said that if 9-11 had happened on BJ Clinton’s watch it would have been a legacy enhancer.


8 posted on 01/08/2009 5:02:20 PM PST by RasterMaster (DUmocrats - the party of slavery, sedition, subversion, socialism & surrender)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet
Keep those old tube-radio sets in good condition. ;)

/johnny

9 posted on 01/08/2009 5:02:55 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (God Bless us all, each, and every one.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet
Any word on exactly how we can get the sun to wake up and take notice? At the rate it's going, it will likely sleep for decades.

Ever wonder why the ice ages are much longer during the glaciation period, about 100,000 years on average, than the period of Interglacial, about like the 12,000 years of the current Holocene Interglacial? And how does that work, unless the sun goes quiet for a 100,000 years or so.

Do people even know the Earth is in the Holocene Interglacial period and the only sure thing is there will be another ice age, not when will there be another ice age?

10 posted on 01/08/2009 5:03:07 PM PST by Tarpon (America's first principles, freedom, liberty, market economy and self-reliance will never fail.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

The smart grid will be invulnerable!


11 posted on 01/08/2009 5:03:08 PM PST by Pearls Before Swine (Is /sarc really necessary?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

If this is world wide, then even our enemies will have problems. Well, I guess the cannibals in some of the far away rain forests will still have some clout. :-)


12 posted on 01/08/2009 5:03:26 PM PST by Evil Slayer (Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: LongTimeMILurker

I am sure 0bama can fix this.


13 posted on 01/08/2009 5:05:32 PM PST by Lokibob (When handed lemons...Refuse to sign for them. Life's lemons can't be delivered without a signature.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

Don’t worry, the Yellowstone volcano will kill us all first.


14 posted on 01/08/2009 5:05:52 PM PST by Pylon (You are gonna spend 20 dollars every month on paper towels anyway)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: JRandomFreeper
Keep those old tube-radio sets in good condition

Maybe our outdated nuke warheads that have the old 60s style electronics will survive better than Russia's upgraded electronics.

15 posted on 01/08/2009 5:06:55 PM PST by Evil Slayer (Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: FlyingEagle

“The sky is falling, the sky is falling Chicken Little”

Unless we get more funding for research.

And control of the world to prevent it. (What ever it is)


16 posted on 01/08/2009 5:07:24 PM PST by Texas Fossil
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet
A new
study from the National Academy of Sciences outlines grim possibilities on Earth for a worst-case scenario solar storm.

OK, brace yourselves.
Al gore, the dips**t dimwit ran with the last one.

I wonder which MENSA lagislator will adopt this doomsday scenario?

This type of article just illustrates how many idiots working with taxpayer money have waaaaaaay too much time on their hands.

17 posted on 01/08/2009 5:08:02 PM PST by Publius6961 (Change is not a plan; Hope is not a strategy.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

Gee, I thought the sun was being very very quiet. Cycle 24 is late and that’s why it’s getting so cold all around the world:

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2009/01/


18 posted on 01/08/2009 5:08:28 PM PST by Need4Truth
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: EagleUSA

19 posted on 01/08/2009 5:09:11 PM PST by wastedyears (In Canada, Santa says "Ho Ho, eh?")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Evil Slayer
Unfortunately, everyone's nukes should work just fine. The electronics are hardened to radiation, and they tend to be stored under shielding masses of earth.

Your fridge, though, may be toast.

/johnny

20 posted on 01/08/2009 5:11:00 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (God Bless us all, each, and every one.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: al baby

Massive stunage warning and alert; be sure to stow your beeber in a Faraday cage.


21 posted on 01/08/2009 5:11:35 PM PST by cyborg (posted by Petronski)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: JRandomFreeper

Too bad most transmitters have gone solid state. And the managers are so short sighted they junked the tube transmitters to save space.


22 posted on 01/08/2009 5:11:49 PM PST by LongTimeMILurker
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet
Lessee...UPS for the router, check. Batteries for the laptop, check. Beer in the cellar, double check.

Screw these guys - I can FReep in the dark!

23 posted on 01/08/2009 5:14:07 PM PST by Billthedrill
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: JRandomFreeper
My Flintstone's Computer will be put back into use.

Yabba Dabba Do!

24 posted on 01/08/2009 5:14:30 PM PST by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: cyborg

It always bugged me when on Star Trek they would be having space battles, and the control panels on the bridge would just spontaneously combust. Seems like they would design against that kind of thing.


25 posted on 01/08/2009 5:15:04 PM PST by MarkeyD (11-4-08 For the first time I can say I am ashamed of my country.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: LongTimeMILurker
I still have my Drake R-4B and TX-4 at hand. And I can rewind generators if required. Not to mention all the surplus electronics that any ham operator has out in the garage.... Most of it in ammo cans, and therefore protected.

I'll be working QRP DX on 6 meter FM. :) Bring on the sunspots....

/johnny

26 posted on 01/08/2009 5:15:16 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (God Bless us all, each, and every one.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

Solar storms, Yellowstone explodes, Asteroid strike, Nuclear Holocaust, Pandemic, Global warming, Magnetic Pole shift, and on and on...

I’d should just kill myself now, but I’m SURE The Big O will save us all...


27 posted on 01/08/2009 5:17:24 PM PST by bigheadfred (FREE EVAN VELA.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Publius6961

28 posted on 01/08/2009 5:17:57 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet ("Don't confuse what you got a right to do with what's right to do." Bill Bennett)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: EagleUSA
What’s next you mindless libs? Attack of the KILLER TOMATOES??

Remember when the libs were pushing the idea that "alar" on apples was poison - and so was sugar? And hamburgers and french fries? They'll get to tomatoes - it's only a question of time...

29 posted on 01/08/2009 5:18:28 PM PST by GOPJ ("A consensus of 100 scientists is undone by one fact." - - Einstein (take that Al Gore))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: FlyingEagle
This is series.


"A series circuit with a voltage source (such as a battery) and 3 resistors"

30 posted on 01/08/2009 5:18:49 PM PST by ETL (Smoking gun evidence on ALL the ObamaRat-commie connections at my newly revised FR Home/About page)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet
"The worst storms can knock out power grids by inducing currents that melt transformers."

Don't these systems have circuit breakers?

31 posted on 01/08/2009 5:22:23 PM PST by ETL (Smoking gun evidence on ALL the ObamaRat-commie connections at my newly revised FR Home/About page)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Evil Slayer
If this is world wide, then even our enemies will have problems

It's the ultimate act of global terrorism by .... ??? ... Nature ????


32 posted on 01/08/2009 5:27:15 PM PST by Mr_Moonlight
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: ETL
BATTERY

Photobucket

Resistance is useless

33 posted on 01/08/2009 5:28:33 PM PST by bigheadfred (FREE EVAN VELA.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]

To: BallyBill
My Flintstone's Computer will be put back into use.

And you will still be able to use the very first version of PhotoShop on it :)


34 posted on 01/08/2009 5:31:58 PM PST by Mr_Moonlight
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: Evil Slayer

“If this is world wide, then even our enemies will have problem.”

Naw, it’ll only affect the USA.


35 posted on 01/08/2009 5:33:35 PM PST by GreyMountainReagan (Liberals really intend to increase the misery through their actions. Gives them power)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet; 75thOVI; aimhigh; Alice in Wonderland; AndrewC; aragorn; aristotleman; ...
Thanks 2ndDivisionVet.
 
Catastrophism
· join · view topics · view or post blog · bookmark · post new topic ·

36 posted on 01/08/2009 5:35:21 PM PST by SunkenCiv (First 2009 Profile update Tuesday, January 6, 2009___________https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet
the scientists conclude, with effects leading to a potential loss of governmental control of the situation.

What kind of "scientists" would make such a statement??
Give me a break.

37 posted on 01/08/2009 5:36:12 PM PST by bill1952 (McCain and the GOP were worthless)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: JRandomFreeper

I have one (circa 1955) that is fully functioning
and I have a full set of spare tubes for it.
Won’t be of much use though if the electric grid goes down...


38 posted on 01/08/2009 5:36:56 PM PST by Repeal The 17th
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet


39 posted on 01/08/2009 5:38:15 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist -)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

Great!
I’m no longer afraid of global warming, but they’ve thought up something else scary to keep me awake at night.


40 posted on 01/08/2009 5:38:59 PM PST by Scotswife (GO ISRAEL!!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: bill1952
"the scientists conclude, with effects leading to a potential loss of governmental control of the situation."

What kind of "scientists" would make such a statement??

Yep, you just BUSTED 'em on that ... perhaps yours is a Buckhead moment? Good work, Bill !

41 posted on 01/08/2009 5:41:02 PM PST by Mr_Moonlight
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 37 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

Well ... the good news is that life in the DR of Congo will go on pretty much as usual.


42 posted on 01/08/2009 5:41:31 PM PST by RobinOfKingston (Democrats, the party of evil. Republicans, the party of stupid.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet
could cause a cascade of failures that would sweep across the United States

OK. How much is this going to cost me?

43 posted on 01/08/2009 5:41:33 PM PST by John123 (The US may be going down the drain, but everyone else will drown first...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Repeal The 17th
Electricity is pretty easy to generate. I don't ever expect to be without for any length of time, as long as there are conductors and magnetic fields.

/johnny

44 posted on 01/08/2009 5:42:45 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (God Bless us all, each, and every one.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 38 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

2012? The Mayan calendar?


45 posted on 01/08/2009 5:42:49 PM PST by doug from upland (10 million views of .HILLARY! UNCENSORED - put some ice on it, witch)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: bigheadfred

lol! Good one.


46 posted on 01/08/2009 5:43:52 PM PST by ETL (Smoking gun evidence on ALL the ObamaRat-commie connections at my newly revised FR Home/About page)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 33 | View Replies]

To: LongTimeMILurker

This will definitely be Zero’s fault. The blame for life now shifts to him- I love it!!


47 posted on 01/08/2009 5:44:15 PM PST by dandiegirl
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: MarkeyD
It always bugged me when on Star Trek they would be having space battles, and the control panels on the bridge would just spontaneously combust. Seems like they would design against that kind of thing.

No way ... Scotty was able to fix 'em just as fast as they were blowing up, that is, as long as the Dilithium Crystals held up .......

48 posted on 01/08/2009 5:44:28 PM PST by Mr_Moonlight
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet
I would like to think that our power line and communication infrastructure is a little more robust than telegraph wires from 1859.

It's not like solar influence is going to be a surprise, seeing as how they had problems with it starting 150 years ago.

49 posted on 01/08/2009 5:46:30 PM PST by AFreeBird
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

See Spot
See Spot Run
See Spot Hide

Where’s Spot?

Brrrrrrrr.


50 posted on 01/08/2009 5:47:41 PM PST by LomanBill (A bird flies because the right wing opposes the left.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-98 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson