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(Some Magnetic Guy)   What else could go wrong this year? Hey, how about a G2 class geomagnetic storm. That should be fun   (weatherboy.com) divider line
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2021-09-01 8:50:08 AM  
If it takes out Facebook, the quality of life on the planet will improve immensely.
 
2021-09-01 8:54:58 AM  

namegoeshere: If it takes out Facebook, the quality of life on the planet will improve immensely.


Maybe if it was like the Carrington Event.
 
Xai
2021-09-01 9:05:41 AM  
You mean a mild and relatively common event? yeah, I'm soooo concerned.
 
2021-09-01 9:43:54 AM  
Geomagnetic storms.  How do they work?
 
2021-09-01 9:45:35 AM  
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2021-09-01 9:46:58 AM  
I audited my G2 Class.  And by 'audited' I mean I only showed up for the first class.   Not an interesting chick in the classroom.  Now the G1 class.  I was there every day.  Have of the sorority Licka Licka Beavers was in that one.  Whoa.
 
2021-09-01 9:50:50 AM  

Merltech: namegoeshere: If it takes out Facebook, the quality of life on the planet will improve immensely.

Maybe if it was like the Carrington Event.


We're overdue for a Carrington Event by something like 25 years. It could come anytime and boy won't THAT be exciting, given the rock solid electrical grid the US has.
 
2021-09-01 9:50:56 AM  
Looking at the table on TFA, it looks like a G2 event happens about 600 times per 11-year cycle, or about 55 times per year.

So, I'm curious why something that happens several times per month is a big deal.  Is it that most of the time we are not affected because the path of the storm doesn't intersect us?
 
2021-09-01 9:53:47 AM  
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2021-09-01 9:54:08 AM  
*yawn*

This is a nothingburger. The real threat remains to be the Yellowstone Supervolcano.
 
2021-09-01 9:56:44 AM  
Oh good, now I can finally recharge my flux bypass capacitor.
 
2021-09-01 9:58:04 AM  
And as usual, this will mean approximately jack shiat to those of us who don't own satellites or run industrial-scale electrical equipment.
 
2021-09-01 9:59:23 AM  
Panic porn.

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2021-09-01 10:01:08 AM  
The real news here is more people will have a chance to see the Northern Lights.  I may have to take a drive north for better odds.
 
2021-09-01 10:05:29 AM  
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Welcome to the new dark ages.

/not an entirely bad idea
//not entirely great either
\\\third slashie says fuggit, do it anyway
 
2021-09-01 10:10:18 AM  
Oh no. A minor, frequent, and predictable event, for which major infrastructure is adequately hardened, may occur. To the lifeboats!
 
2021-09-01 10:12:26 AM  
Nice article Subs! Very interesting and I'd never heard of the Weatherboy site before.
On September 1-2 in 1859, a powerful geomagnetic storm struck Earth during Solar Cycle 10. A CME hit the Earth and induced the largest geomagnetic storm on record.  The storm was so intense it created extremely bright, vivid aurora throughout the planet: people in California thought the sun rose early, people in the northeastern U.S. could read a newspaper at night from the aurora's bright light, and people as far south as Hawaii and south-central Mexico could see the aurora in the sky.
Damn
 
2021-09-01 10:13:21 AM  
Haha. All your cassettes are about to be erased, while I sit back sipping on a Guinness and listening to my music on sweet vinyl.
 
2021-09-01 10:21:23 AM  

Solty Dog: Haha. All your cassettes are about to be erased, while I sit back sipping on a Guinness and listening to my music on sweet vinyl.


Will my 8-tracs be safe?
 
2021-09-01 10:26:09 AM  

Destructor: *yawn*

This is a nothingburger. The real threat remains to be the Yellowstone Supervolcano.


I smarted this on the nothingburger, then you had to go and make me unsmart it.
 
2021-09-01 10:26:23 AM  

Merltech: namegoeshere: If it takes out Facebook, the quality of life on the planet will improve immensely.

Maybe if it was like the Carrington Event.


Coincidently, that also occurred September 1-2.
 
2021-09-01 10:27:06 AM  
To its credit, TFA eventually posts a graphic that gives the context. This is level 2 out of 5 and should not have much impact on most people. G2 has a listed frequency of 360 days per 11 year cycle which is roughly once every 11 days.

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2021-09-01 10:30:53 AM  

Mr. Eugenides: Destructor: *yawn*

This is a nothingburger. The real threat remains to be the Yellowstone Supervolcano.

I smarted this on the nothingburger, then you had to go and make me unsmart it.


Excellent. Then my evil plan worked!

/No one suspects the Yellowstone Supervolcano! I predict it will go off next Thursday or 100,000 years from now.
//Somewhere in that time frame.
///Plan accordingly.
 
2021-09-01 10:33:11 AM  

Merltech: Maybe if it was like the Carrington Event.


The Carrington Event.  A coronal mass ejection from the time of the American Civil War causing electrical havok for telegraph lines.  We have no idea how badly modern Earth would possibly be affected by this.  An staggering amount of solar radiation being transformed direct current being poured into transformers and power relay stations across the world.

Stop being An EdgELOrd FeARMongeR?  How's the electrical grid in Texas doing?  Now imagine how many places there are across the world with vulnerable electric grids like Texas, whether by choice or not.  And this is not a theoretical asteroid strike, this happened 160 years ago, and near misses of events this size have been recorded by solar observation satellites.
 
2021-09-01 10:39:46 AM  

Baron Harkonnen: Merltech: Maybe if it was like the Carrington Event.

The Carrington Event.  A coronal mass ejection from the time of the American Civil War causing electrical havok for telegraph lines.  We have no idea how badly modern Earth would possibly be affected by this.  An staggering amount of solar radiation being transformed direct current being poured into transformers and power relay stations across the world.

Stop being An EdgELOrd FeARMongeR?  How's the electrical grid in Texas doing?  Now imagine how many places there are across the world with vulnerable electric grids like Texas, whether by choice or not.  And this is not a theoretical asteroid strike, this happened 160 years ago, and near misses of events this size have been recorded by solar observation satellites.


You know what?

People can have vulnerable grids all over, but if they're south of Idaho (and likely even further north), they won't be affected by a G2 storm at all.
 
2021-09-01 10:41:43 AM  

namegoeshere: If it takes out Facebook, the quality of life on the planet will improve immensely.


How could a website cause so much pain?
 
2021-09-01 10:42:14 AM  
This should have the cool tag, rather than the scary tag.   It may fark with your phone a little bit, but it will get over it.   It may also allow the aurora borealis to be seen by a whole lot of people that might not have ever had that opportunity.

So if you have clear skies on Thursday night, go outside and look up at the northern sky.   You'll know it if you see it.
 
2021-09-01 10:42:43 AM  
The chart is interesting. I didn't realize that G3 and G4 actually induce currents in pipelines. Coo.
 
2021-09-01 10:43:21 AM  

40 degree day: To its credit, TFA eventually posts a graphic that gives the context. This is level 2 out of 5 and should not have much impact on most people. G2 has a listed frequency of 360 days per 11 year cycle which is roughly once every 11 days.

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Too late!  I've already cracked open my neighbor's heads... what am I going to do with all this goo now?  Can I freeze it for later?
 
2021-09-01 10:43:59 AM  

Tillmaster: The chart is interesting. I didn't realize that G3 and G4 actually induce currents in pipelines. Coo.


Dammit! I meant G4 and G5.
Must be the effects of the impending G2
 
2021-09-01 10:51:15 AM  
What I'm surprised at is how relatively little trouble even a "strong" storm will cause.
 
2021-09-01 11:00:42 AM  
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2021-09-01 11:05:07 AM  
This is what happens when you send to much Taco Bell to the space station and they jettison the excess out the airlock. It finds it's way to the sun and next thing you know....

**BRAP**
 
Juc
2021-09-01 11:05:19 AM  
well at least the aurora will be quite the show
 
2021-09-01 11:07:12 AM  

Juc: well at least the aurora will be quite the show


My kid has been trying to see the Northern Lights for most of his life. He is a bit pissed that the currently forecasted peak is still before sundown.
 
2021-09-01 11:07:12 AM  

wage0048: Looking at the table on TFA, it looks like a G2 event happens about 600 times per 11-year cycle, or about 55 times per year.

So, I'm curious why something that happens several times per month is a big deal.  Is it that most of the time we are not affected because the path of the storm doesn't intersect us?


The geomagnetic storms only happen (by definition) when we are in the path of something. This is absolutely Not News™ unless you happen to work in an industry which might be affected or if you live somewhere where you might get to see the aurora at night.
 
2021-09-01 11:13:00 AM  

berylman: Nice article Subs! Very interesting and I'd never heard of the Weatherboy site before.
On September 1-2 in 1859, a powerful geomagnetic storm struck Earth during Solar Cycle 10. A CME hit the Earth and induced the largest geomagnetic storm on record.  The storm was so intense it created extremely bright, vivid aurora throughout the planet: people in California thought the sun rose early, people in the northeastern U.S. could read a newspaper at night from the aurora's bright light, and people as far south as Hawaii and south-central Mexico could see the aurora in the sky.
Damn


That would be pretty cool.  Even better if it took down the internet for an hours so people would enjoy it instead of posting about it and looking at other people pictures instead of just looking up
 
2021-09-01 11:15:12 AM  
Oh god the magnetic storm is going to rip the COVID vaccine right out of my body.
 
2021-09-01 11:15:24 AM  

mr0x: namegoeshere: If it takes out Facebook, the quality of life on the planet will improve immensely.

How could a website cause so much pain?


It's not the website it's the app.  I know people who's notifications ding all day for posts of people they don't know but they NEED to know what that had for breakfast and when the dog pooped last.
 
2021-09-01 11:17:10 AM  
Luckily I've been collecting G5 chips.
 
Juc
2021-09-01 11:17:48 AM  

GameSprocket: Juc: well at least the aurora will be quite the show

My kid has been trying to see the Northern Lights for most of his life. He is a bit pissed that the currently forecasted peak is still before sundown.


Winter is a lot better for viewing yeah. but with clear skies there should at least be something *fingers crossed*
 
2021-09-01 11:20:53 AM  
Doesnt' look that bad.

https://www.solarham.net/
 
2021-09-01 11:28:15 AM  
one bright spot: 'sending the Northern Lights much more south than usual.'
 
2021-09-01 11:37:13 AM  

ctighe2353: mr0x: namegoeshere: If it takes out Facebook, the quality of life on the planet will improve immensely.

How could a website cause so much pain?

It's not the website it's the app.  I know people who's notifications ding all day for posts of people they don't know but they NEED to know what that had for breakfast and when the dog pooped last.


I've been getting a lot of that lately. The app is incredibly invasive that way.
 
2021-09-01 12:24:22 PM  
Its been a while since I've sat in a field at 2am hoping for something worth filming

Aurora, September 8th, 2017
Youtube VEwyxDUYjgI
 
2021-09-01 12:47:07 PM  
Even the G5 on that scale happens more than once every 3 years, and there haven't been major blackouts or anything in quite some time. Something like a modern version of the Carrington Event would be scary, but this is nowhere even remotely close to that.

Based on the chart, a G2 storm is a slightly more than weekly occurrence, so unless you're running reallllllllly sensitive equipment, and even then probably only if said equipment is in orbit, this doesn't even register as a concern. (and if you are running such equipment, this is obviously something you plan for, monitor and react to as part of normal operation, because again, this is a weekly occurrence).
 
2021-09-01 12:47:28 PM  

jayphat: Merltech: namegoeshere: If it takes out Facebook, the quality of life on the planet will improve immensely.

Maybe if it was like the Carrington Event.

We're overdue for a Carrington Event by something like 25 years. It could come anytime and boy won't THAT be exciting, given the rock solid electrical grid the US has.


There's no such thing as "overdue" when it comes to random events.
 
2021-09-01 12:53:05 PM  

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GEOSTORM!
 
2021-09-01 12:55:15 PM  

GranoblasticMan: And as usual, this will mean approximately jack shiat to those of us who don't own satellites or run industrial-scale electrical equipment.


I think it's interfering with cell phones. Some job recruiter called from Missouri today and I couldn't get a signal for love or money. Texting seems to work, but I wouldn't make any long-distance calls today.
 
2021-09-01 12:55:28 PM  

Unsung_Hero: The real news here is more people will have a chance to see the Northern Lights.  I may have to take a drive north for better odds.


Yeah but still too far north.  In 1986 there was a storm strong enough we could see the aurora in central Connecticut
 
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