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(LA Times)   The Sun fired off two intense solar flares yesterday, but that's okay, it probably won't have any impact on sensitive electr   (latimes.com) divider line 40
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2013-10-26 09:57:02 AM
The Sun is there.
 
2013-10-26 11:01:38 AM
The Sopranos are ther
 
2013-10-26 11:52:37 AM
You probably don't even feel anyth
 
2013-10-26 11:53:42 AM

thamike: The Sun is there,

and there, way over there, and a bit over here.

ftfy
 
2013-10-26 11:54:19 AM
Fools, my computer uses these

3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-10-26 11:57:42 AM
> Our home star is hitting solar maximum in its 11-year cycle activity, and scientists had
> predicted it would be  meh -- a wimpier maximum than in cycles past. "

"it would be meh"?  Is that what passes for proper English at the L.A. Times now?
 
2013-10-26 12:00:42 PM

thamike: The Sun is there.


Actually, it wouldn't be.  Unless they break out the hand presses.
 
2013-10-26 12:06:08 PM
images2.wikia.nocookie.net

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2013-10-26 12:08:24 PM
Does the moon seem a lot brighter? If so, it's been nice farkin' with y'all.

farm8.static.flickr.com
 
2013-10-26 12:08:35 PM

AntonChigger: [images2.wikia.nocookie.net image 598x400]

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SUNOFA...friggin' slow GIS...
 
2013-10-26 12:11:19 PM
I'm sure Juno will take care of it.
 
2013-10-26 12:22:34 PM

Quantum Apostrophe: Fools, my computer uses these

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Seems about right.
 
2013-10-26 12:25:50 PM
Hm. Lights are still on. Just went outside to feed the dogs, the 345kv transmission line that's nearby sounds like it always does.
Nothing to see here I guess.
 
2013-10-26 12:26:47 PM
Not much happening here:
http://www.gi.alaska.edu/AuroraForecast
They do mention the flares, but say they were directed away from us...so, no auroras for you
 
2013-10-26 12:28:09 PM

WordsnCollision: Does the moon seem a lot brighter? If so, it's been nice farkin' with y'all.

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That story always creeped me out, I guess because the main character is the only one who knows what's happened. The 1990's Outer Limits episode with Michael Gross wasn't too bad.
 
2013-10-26 12:37:49 PM
OMG The live stream of scrolling information that is the headline has suddenly come to a haul
 
2013-10-26 12:39:15 PM
Seems like a third of the nuts on that doomsday prepper show are doing it because of a solar flare, they must have all been in their bunkers the other night.
 
2013-10-26 12:57:47 PM
What's really fun is all of the stuff simultaneously happening hundreds of thousands of kilometers away from the flares.

biatch is getting ornery.

(And nobody ever said this would be a weak solar maximum.  They said it had been a weak solar maximum so far but that because of that they suspected that this would be a weird two-peaked double maximum.)
 
2013-10-26 01:08:49 PM
FTFA:
The latest activity disrupted high-frequency radio communications, which Murtagh said is a given when there's an X-class flare.

I haven't noticed.  In fact, I made a couple of Morse code contacts on my way home from deer hunting this morning, GM3WIJ Norman in Aberdeen, Scotland, and OG9W Raimo in Vantaa, Finland, both on the 10 meter band.

Having said that, 20 meters sounds dead right now.  Maybe I should check 6 meters.
 
2013-10-26 01:10:01 PM
The Sun is an asshole.
 
2013-10-26 01:13:32 PM
FTA: So what's with all the activity?  Our home star is hitting solar maximum in its 11-year cycle activity, and scientists had predicted it would be meh -- a wimpier maximum than in cycles past.

Last year was supposed to be the peak of the 11 year cycle. Then when there was hardly any activity they bumped it ahead a year to now, and have been waiting for it ever since.
 
2013-10-26 01:31:39 PM

millifoo: > Our home star is hitting solar maximum in its 11-year cycle activity, and scientists had
> predicted it would be  meh -- a wimpier maximum than in cycles past. "

"it would be meh"?  Is that what passes for proper English at the L.A. Times now?


I think they're going after the youth. I doubt it will help much.
 
2013-10-26 01:34:48 PM
Came for blindingly hot Page 3 girl showing her flares, leaving disapointed.
 
2013-10-26 01:35:33 PM
I fired off a few intense blasts yesterday too; I blame Transformers.

giggaheim.com
 
2013-10-26 01:43:34 PM

thamike: The Sun is there.


... and it's packing heat.
 
2013-10-26 02:00:00 PM
If there's any chance this might disrupt my wife's pacemaker I need to find out.
Life insurance clauses can be tricky, you know.
 
2013-10-26 02:01:53 PM
Hey Fark. I get it. You let poor-grammar headlines slip through for comment building, then fix the headline once it's got momentum, and then delete posts related to the headline errors.

Either get better mods, or don't be so transparently bad. I've been on fark for a long time. Guess who created a reddit account a month ago...

/thumbs guy

//not bitter. Just feel like creating semi-worthless content for Fark is becoming a waste of my energy.
 
2013-10-26 02:03:30 PM

omnibus_necanda_sunt: Quantum Apostrophe: Fools, my computer uses these

[3.bp.blogspot.com image 639x958]

Seems about right.


Snert...
 
2013-10-26 02:10:25 PM

Head_Shot: Either get better mods, or don't be so transparently bad. I've been on fark for a long time. Guess who created a reddit account a month ago...


I think we've all tried Reddit at one time or another, so we know how awful it is. Pretty weak threat.

Maybe threaten to put a bag of dog poop on Drew's doorstep and light it on fire?
 
2013-10-26 02:13:05 PM
Yeah. Tried that. His cat ate it.
 
2013-10-26 02:46:57 PM

Head_Shot: Yeah. Tried that. His cat ate it.


Nice. Did the cat catch fire? If it did, and you rescued it, you've got a nice "Caturday" thread candidate.
 
2013-10-26 04:05:22 PM
I woke up with a horrible migraine yesterday. I am blaming the sun.
 
2013-10-26 04:33:11 PM
Fun fact the govt was debating making the grid EMP resistant a few years ago so we couldnt be wiped out so easy by solar flairs so easy and the parties couldnt agree on it.

The RNC wanted to build it a higher level of resistance than the DNC(home district pork Im sure), but the DNC didnt want to spend that kind of money on "flyover country" so since they couldnt agree on something so obvious we have none at all. I wish I could say our leadership isnt that retarded and we was all protected by an EMP resistant grid. I wish I could say that but life aint no fairytale.
 
2013-10-26 05:52:00 PM

DubtodaIll: The Sun is an asshole.


Especially when it darts in our general direction.
 
2013-10-26 06:25:43 PM
By pure coincidence, my town had a power failure shortly after the first of these flares.
 
2013-10-26 07:41:34 PM

omnibus_necanda_sunt: Quantum Apostrophe: Fools, my computer uses these

[3.bp.blogspot.com image 639x958]

Seems about right.


I take it you think you're making some sort of point? Hm. Interesting.
 
2013-10-26 08:28:20 PM

Quantum Apostrophe: omnibus_necanda_sunt: Quantum Apostrophe: Fools, my computer uses these

[3.bp.blogspot.com image 639x958]

Seems about right.

I take it you think you're making some sort of point? Hm. Interesting.


Everyone else got his point, QA. That you didn't...or won't acknowledge it...seems about right, too.
 
2013-10-27 09:58:50 AM

radarlove: What's really fun is all of the stuff simultaneously happening hundreds of thousands of kilometers away from the flares.

biatch is getting ornery.

(And nobody ever said this would be a weak solar maximum.  They said it had been a weak solar maximum so far but that because of that they suspected that this would be a weird two-peaked double maximum.)


A double secret maximum!
 
2013-10-27 11:07:41 AM
I've heard that several explosions of "incandescent gas" have been observed on the planet Mars.
 
2013-10-27 01:13:35 PM

Oldiron_79: Fun fact the govt was debating making the grid EMP resistant a few years ago so we couldnt be wiped out so easy by solar flairs so easy and the parties couldnt agree on it.

The RNC wanted to build it a higher level of resistance than the DNC(home district pork Im sure), but the DNC didnt want to spend that kind of money on "flyover country" so since they couldnt agree on something so obvious we have none at all. I wish I could say our leadership isnt that retarded and we was all protected by an EMP resistant grid. I wish I could say that but life aint no fairytale.



Making the grid "EMP resistant" (however one would do that; EMPs are a biatch) would not affect its ability to withstand solar flare/CME events. An EMP is a high-intensity, very brief event precipitated most famously by high-altitude nuclear explosions (though certain electromagnetic devices can create them over smaller areas as well.) A solar flare or CME induces DC voltage potentials in geographically diverse locations. In that case, if there is a long power line between those locations, the DC will flow onto the grid through standard grounding points (most bulk-power transformers are "wye" connected with the center of the Y grounded). As the DC impedance of a transformer winding is essentially equal to the resistance of the wire, the DC readily flows through the winding, over the line and through the windings of transformer(s) on the other end of the line.

The issue to the grid is, depending on the intensity of the DC current, it will tend to magnetize the iron transformer cores in one direction only (as opposed to the normal AC current magnetizing and demagnetizing 50 or 60 times a second.) This "saturation" of the core can reduce transformer capacity and lead to overloading of the transformer even though it's AC loaded only to a fraction of its capacity. This, of course, will affect a heavily loaded part of the grid much more than an area of little load.

The effects of solar disturbances are less pronounced in dry areas like the American West, where dry, sandy soil is less likely to be affected by the effects of flares/CMEs.
 
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