Skip to comments.The USGS Monitors Earth’s Magnetic Field to Prepare Citizens for Magnetic Storms
Posted on 01/29/2012 1:32:28 PM PST by Kartographer
Everyone is familiar with weather systems on Earth like rain, wind and snow. But space weather variable conditions in the space surrounding Earth has important consequences for our lives inside Earths atmosphere.
Solar activity occurring miles outside Earths atmosphere, for example, can trigger magnetic storms on Earth. These storms are visually stunning, but they can set our modern infrastructure spinning.
On Jan. 19, scientists saw a solar flare in an active region of the Sun, along with a concentrated blast of solar-wind plasma and magnetic field lines known as a coronal mass ejection that burst from the Suns surface and appeared to be headed for Earth.
When these solar winds met Earths magnetic field, the interaction created one of the largest magnetic storms on Earth recorded in the past few years. The storm peaked on Jan. 24, just as another storm began.
These new storms, and the storm we witnessed on Sept 26, 2011, indicate the up-tick in activity coming with the Earths ascent into the next solar maximum, said USGS geophysicist Jeffrey Love. This solar maximum is the period of greatest activity in the solar cycle of the Sun, and it is predicted to occur sometime in 2013, which will increase the amount of magnetic storms on Earth.
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We all lie in bed awake at night fearing the next magnetic storm, wondering if our kids will have to go to school with their cereal spoon attached to their face...
Thank God for the USGS protecting us from this horrible threat!
These solar storms will flip the earth’s magnetic fields and cause the north and south magnetic poles to flip.
As a result, illegal aliens will start streaming across the Guatemala-Mexico border in large numbers, and Texas, Arizona, and California will lose all their lawn care and maids.
It will be a disaster. KMart will have to start making the LuzAzul Especial announcements in English.
I thought the USGS minds the rocks, NOAA the atmosphere and oceans, and NASA space and space weather. When did the USGS take over NASA’s responsibility of monitoring space weather?
There is a good Wikipedia article on the September 1859 event: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_storm_of_1859
It is recorded that the aurorae were so bright over the Rocky Mountains, that miners awoke and started preparing breakfast, thinking that it was morning.
USGS took over NASA’s responsiblity about the time when NASA was told to promote muzzies accomplishments in space ...
I think Barry gave them the responsibility when he put NASA in charge of teaching the Muslims how to feel good about themselves.
There is a direct correlation between the space weather and the daily wobble of the magnetic north pole traveling across Canada. The magnetic north pole represents the axis of the earth’s magnetic core.
I’ve been following this for twenty years. It does not cause a flip in the earth. It causes a decrease in the polarity strength of the earth’s dipolar field and a reorganization in reverse polarity. The sun goes through the same thing every 11 year solar cycle. It’s what causes all the CMEs that are hitting earth.
I’ve put a crank-style radio, batteries, and various odds and sods, old Walkman, in a spare Craftsman metal toolbox. Someone mentioned aluminum foil, but I haven’t gone that far. Think it’ll work?
I would think so, but you might want to do some research on Faraday Cages. From what I have read they are fairly easy to build.
You might want to go ahead and try wrapping that tool box in the aluminum foil. I did the same thing sortof although I wrapped my crank radio in it’s own box it came in in alum foil then put that down in a steel ammo box. Homemade “Faraday Cage” or something like that.
I’m beginning to wonder if there’s some connection between solar storms and the weather, at the risk of sounding like some kooky conspiracy theorist.
All I know is that EVERY SINGLE STINKING TIME there’s a good chance for an aurora, the clouds roll in and rains/snows.
It is SOOOOOOOOO frustrating.
I’ve only seen three auroras and each one of them was by happenstance.
Of course the shuddering thought is that my radio might be ok, but all the radio stations could “melt down”. Although most transmitter shacks are typically in metal buildings, and many are reconditioned container boxes, likewise with their metal standby diesel sheds. So, you never know who might come through the other end smelling roses, but we might as well be prepared. (Spoken like a true ex-Boy Scout, huh?)
You're a victim of happenstance. Nyuk nyuk nyuk
When I first heard that term I didn't know what it meant. But then it dawned on me that I was listening to Art Bell, and it became obvious.
———Think itll work?——
Just remember that when the polarity reverses you must crank the radio backwards
I’ve heard that old microwave ovens can work as Faraday cages.
I know of a place where there were some protected rooms built but some moron cut a hole in the mesh to feed some conduit through and cell phones now work there.
LOL! Exactly! I feel so much safer.
A storm like that would fry all our modern electronics that weren’t protected.So no running cars,trucks,or farm equipment except for old units that had point ignition systems or full mechanical injection systems.The power grid would also be down for years.No running water,no food.
I’m not too sure how much use you’ll get from your crank radio when all the radio station transmitters are fried.
"Denizens of Midgard, prepare to meet thy doom!"
If you like to find out more about the previous dooms day scenario and what it may have been like go to viewzone magazine and check out The Previous Doomsday of 12,950 BC: what was it like? You may find some interesting things there...it also explains how come and why
For more info on this subject and why it easily could happen again and we could have some nasty surprises check out this website. Should this scenario actual play out, Obama will be the least of our problem.
Good point; however, my radio has shortwave stations and I suspect a number of Hams will have protected their own equipment for such an event.
I guess that would be a good test of my “storage box”....throw in a cell phone, dial it up, and see if it rings. Of course, that only tests it for 3G/4G band. Not sure what the “band” is for a solar storm, nor its EIRP.
My favorite Curly Quote: "I'm tryin ta think, but nuthin's happenin."
I had not considered ham radio,you’re right.I’m going to store a couple pairs of FRS radios in an old microwave just to have some short range communication available if the worst happens.
Im beginning to wonder if theres some connection between solar storms and the weather, at the risk of sounding like some kooky conspiracy theorist.
All I know is that EVERY SINGLE STINKING TIME theres a good chance for an aurora, the clouds roll in and rains/snows.
In my experience, metmom, the connection is a bit broader. It is not only during aurora that Western NYState is cloud-ridden — that is also true during eclipses of Sol. I have found I need to plan to get out of state in order to assure myself of viewing conditions.
Co-worker asked where to find radiation detectors, like the ones that can be worn on clothing.
Sunspots have actually been down-trending over the last three months:
(Note: above graph is updated daily, so while my statement is correct as of when posted, you may see something different if you're reading this thread weeks after)
The solar storm of 1859 had a large effect on telegraph lines, which ran for long distances but carried tiny amounts of power. The amount of energy imparted to a line is proportional to the length of the line.
An electromagnetic event that dumps 0.1 watts/meter on a ten kilometer long telegraph line line will put a thousand watts of power into it. This is going to have a dramatic effect on a line that normally just carries a couple of watts of power to run a telegraph clicker. The same event may not even be noticed on a modern power line that carries megawatts.
There are a number of places. Use Google Shopping to look-up Radiation Dosimeter Badge or Radiation Dosimeter card.