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NOAA explains why geomagnetic storm won't hit Earth on March 18

NOAA explains why geomagnetic storm won't hit Earth on March 18 NOAA explains why geomagnetic storm won't hit Earth on March 18
Stacy Diaz | 14 March, 2018, 12:56

If a solar storm is powerful enough, it can damage satellites and cut power.

And the impending solar storm may bring those Northern Lights much farther south than usual.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is an organization that predicts weather on Earth and space. Although a geomagnetic storm is coming to the northern hemisphere, it sounds like a pretty mild one.

Perhaps you've heard; a solar storm is on the way. As per NOAA, news portals across the globe misinterpreted the graph published by the Russian Academy of Science and misunderstood a feeble G1 category of the storm into a massive storm.

Usually, geomagnetic storms are cataloged in 5 different main levels depending on the magnitude, from G1 to G5 levels of geomagnetic storms' magnitudes.

'A geomagnetic storm is a major disturbance of Earth's magnetosphere that occurs when there is a very efficient exchange of energy from the solar wind into the space environment surrounding Earth, ' said the Space Weather Prediction Center.

The dancing lights of the aurora may become visible in parts of Scotland and northern England and in northern regions of the USA, including in MI and Maine.

The charged particles from a solar flare can create "weak power grid fluctuations" and have a "minor impact on satellite operations", the NOAA said. If the charged particles have a stronger effect on Earth, it could be considered a G-2 "moderate storm".

Information on the internet is, unfortunately, often easy to manipulate, but there is really nothing to worry about when it comes to the geomagnetic storm on March 18. Over a century later in Canada, on March 13, 1989, a geomagnetic storm caused a major blackout in the country that lasted nine hours, disrupting electricity from the Hydro Quebec generating station and going as far as melting power transformers in New Jersey. Note that there are certain beliefs associated with solar storms that aren't proved yet as per which, these storms can cause headaches, sleeplessness, and dizziness too. The publication cited two separate examples from the website, starting with 1859's so-called "Carrington Event", where Northern Lights were visible even in Cuba and Hawaii, and several telegraph operators fell victim to electric shocks from telegraph lines, with their papers also catching fire as a result of the storm.