A solar storm warning is issued–but what do we do with it?

A solar flare warning was issued Sunday by NASA in preparation of a geomagnetic storm that could have caused problems such as current surges in power lines, and interference in the broadcast of radio, TV and telephone signals. However, no problems had been reported as of Tuesday.

A solar storm will be affecting Earth for the next year or more. (Borrowed from the Washington Post)

According to Karl Ritter of the Associated Press, a Geomagnetic storms cause awesome sights, with aurora borealis (Northern Lights) lighting up the skies above Scotland, northern  England and northern parts of Ireland, with even more expected in the next few days.

And it’s not over. According to the report, solar flares will continue into the year 2013.

So what does a solar storm warning do besides let us know that millions of radiated particles are hurtling towards Earth at an alarming rate?

It’s a good thing that it was explained that it won’t have any effect on humans, other than disrupt electronic devices, but it seems as though no one really knows what will happen next. According to one scientist, on a scale from 1-5, this storm is a 3, but he didn’t elaborate on what that means either.

Could it be that they aren’t telling us everything?

But maybe I don’t want to know. I’ve watched enough Twilight Zone episodes to know that stranger things have happened, and what I don’t know can’t hurt me.

I hope.

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