Government’s “Space Weather” Page

Thursday, April 19, 2012
By Paul Martin

Thursday April 19, 2012

I’ll admit that sometimes we get a little wonky, living as we do usually 10-minutes to 10-years in advance of many secular events, but more than one reader who thought we were a bit “over-the-top” on worries about Sun-based events like EMP and Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) are having to rethink a bit since the government’s own site now featuresa a “Space Weather” Page.

As we have mentioned many times, and now the government site, too, mentions the Carrington event in September of 1859, and (again much as we have speculated on previously) the experts behind list pretty much the same kinds of threats that we see should a modern replay be at hand as Solar Cycle 24 peaks over the next year and a half:
•Loss of water and wastewater distribution systems
•Loss of perishable foods and medications
•Loss of heating/air conditioning and electrical lighting systems
•Loss of computer systems, telephone systems, and communications systems (including disruptions in airline flights, satellite networks and GPS services)
•Loss of public transportation systems
•Loss of fuel distribution systems and fuel pipelines
•Loss of all electrical systems that do not have back-up power

The Rest…HERE

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