01/18/2013 UPDATE: In 2013 we can expect increased solar activity, as this is the peak year in the current 11 year solar activity cycle. That fact was underscored on January 13th when the sun launched a Coronal Mass Ejection more or less directly at Earth, striking it 4 days later. The only thing that saved us from catastrophic EMP-induced destruction was that this particular CME lacked sufficient mass/energy to create any severe effects. But it could have just as easily been otherwise. See the article “Solar Blob Attacks the Earth” at http://science.time.com/2013/01/22/solar-blob-attacks-the-earth/?hpt=hp_c3
01/24/2012 UPDATE: The most energetic solar storm since 2005 hits the Earth. See story at http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/strongest-solar-flare-radiation-storm-2005-hitting-earth-article-1.1010510
12/30/2011 UPDATE: December 29, ABC News – (International) Sun storms may affect radios, cell phones. Intense solar activity may affect Earth December 29, potentially disrupting radio and cell phone frequencies. On December 26, the sun released a coronal mass ejection (CME), which is a “massive eruption of solar plasma,” according to Space.com. The blast is expected to impact the Earth through December 31. “Coronal Mass Ejections from the last few days may cause isolated periods of G1 (Minor) Geomagnetic Storm Activity on December 28-29,” the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Space Weather Prediction Center wrote in an update. “R1 (Minor) radio blackouts are expected until 31 December.” If the storms are powerful enough, they could temporarily interrupt radio frequencies, power grids, GPS signals, and cell phone communication. NOAA estimated that there was a 20-40 percent chance of these disruptive polar geomagnetic storms on December 28-29 in response to the impact of one or more CMEs. Experts said the sun’s increased activity is part of an 11-year cyclical pattern. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory tweeted December 28 that two CMEs occurred within 24 hours earlier the week of December 26. Source : http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/sun-storms-affect-radios-cell-phones/story?id=15249373#.TvyXu3r-5YR
09/22/2011 UPDATE: Infraguard announces a new EMP Special Interest Group which is kicking off with a program held in conjunction with National Defense University and the US Congressional EMP Caucus on October 6th in Washington, DC. See details at https://solarexercise.eventbrite.com/
06/24/2011 UPDATE: High-speed solar wind stream impacts the Earth's magnetic field. See story at http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/sunearth/news/News062111-solstice-cme.html
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