NASA scientists are warning about potential solar storms in 2012. Some point to 2012 Mayan calendar end of the world, but such a strong solar wind striking planet Earth from space occur once a century. There were major solar storms in 1859 and 1921. Disaster expert Lawrence E. Joseph warns that such strong solar winds could this be Earth’s Katrina. Such solar storms could effect our power grid with the force of 100m bombs. In 2006, our Sun reached it’s solar minimum, a point during the eleven-year cycle where there are few solar storms, but the is also a 24 year cycle for a Solar Max. Just weeks ago, a major solar storm, a solar tsunami, known as a coronal mass ejection, erupted from a sunspot. For several days, there were minor disruptions in communications. Yet, we are still over a year from the next solar maximum, where such storms will be more frequent.
By the summer of 2011, our Sun will be entering it’s next solar maximum, which will continue through much of 2012 through 2013. The next solar minimum will not be until 2017. So the next several years we will be experiencing more solar tsunamis. Could solar storms in 2012 have any dramatic effects such as Hurricane Katrina?
On November 4th, 2003, a massive solar flare erupted. NASA satellite SOHO recorded the solar storm which was classified as an X-45 event, the largest observed solar tsunami ever witnessed. Had the coronal mass ejection happened three months later, Earth would have born a direct hit, causing serious damage to our communications and electrical power grid networks.
Such massive solar flares occur regularly, but until recently, their impact has been negligible. Had previous solar storms, like those recorded in 1859 and 1921 hit Earth today, devices such as high-voltage transformers, necessary for electrical power transmission, could be knocked out. Thousands of such units are highly vulnerable and require addition surge protection before 2012.
Some point to 2012 Mayan calendar end of the world. NASA says such solar storms occur once a century and strike planet Earth from space with the force of 100m bombs. There were major solar storms in 1859 and 1921. Disaster expert Lawrence E. Joseph is warning Congress to spend $250 Million dollars to upgrade our electrical grid before the next wave of solar storms in 2012. He says the impact of such solar winds could be the equivalent of a Hurricane Katrina, with the solar storms knocking out the power grid for several months. Such would disrupt food and water supplies, law enforcement, and even national security. Solar storms were to blame for blackouts in Quebec in 1989, as well as in Sweden and South Africa in 2003.