A bigger worry than ‘global warming’ and more damaging – a Carrington class solar event

The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Our World from Scratch is available from Amazon. We have taken precautions, with some metal containers for our portable electronic devices.

Watts Up With That?

SolarMaxFrom PhysicsWorld blog: The cover feature of the August issue of Physics World, which is now out in print and digital formats, looks at the Sun – and in particular, at the consequences here on Earth of a “solar super-storm”. As I point out in the video [below], these violent events can disturb the Earth’s magnetic field – potentially inducing damaging electrical currents in power lines, knocking out satellites and disrupting telecommunications.

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About Russ Steele

Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.
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2 Responses to A bigger worry than ‘global warming’ and more damaging – a Carrington class solar event

  1. Russ Steele says:

    George, according to the experts, a severe solar storm poses little threat to electronics, but would take down the most important power grids in the world for a period of years. By disconnecting our electronics from the grid and providing minimum protection, they should be safe. Cars and trucks parked in grounded metal sheds would have some protection.

    Protection against the damage of a severe solar storm could be done easily and rather inexpensively by the electrical utilities; however it is not being done, and there is no sign that it will be done. This is a special problem in the United States, and is a severe threat in the eastern United States according to one expert.

    The first step is warning, so you can protect your devices. Space Weather has a Alerting System. Their package turns turns your phone into a full-featured space weather monitoring system. Text messages will alert you to solar flares, geomagnetic storms, coronal mass ejections, big sunspots, and Northern Lights. The cost is $4.95/mo. I use this alerting System. Link is here: http://spaceweathertext.com

    I will have an update on action a person can take.


  2. gjrebane says:

    Has anyone published anything on how microelectronics would survive under a grounded metal roofed building?


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