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Old 03-19-2014, 10:08   #1
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We dodged the perfect solar storm

Apparently the Earth dodged a combined solar storm back in 2012. Just saw this on news links.

http://www.foxnews.com/science/2014/...avoc-on-earth/

http://www.weather.com/news/science/...tions-20140319

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Old 03-19-2014, 19:39   #2
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This quote is worth repeating!

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"The cost of an extreme space weather event, if it hits Earth, could reach trillions of dollars with a potential recovery time of 4-10 years," professor at China's State Key Laboratory of Space Weather Ying D. Liu warned in a press release.
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Old 03-19-2014, 19:44   #3
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It's only a matter of time. Just like yellow stone caldera, the even bigger volcano in the pacific, the big one out west or countless others. The only difference is that we can actually do something about a solar storm. We can harden the grid at a cost that is a fraction of our national spending.
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Old 03-19-2014, 19:57   #4
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"...with a potential recovery time of 4-10 years"...
My thought - what if he's wrong; bad wrong, I mean even 'off by a factor of ten' kind of wrong...?

Still looking at potentially 5 months to a year. Picture even a tenth of the world without power for anything approaching a half a year. Now picture it happening suddenly, with no warning (for most people at least), and with no way for those people to know how long that situation might drag out.

Half a year to a year? That's a LONG honkin' time.
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Old 03-20-2014, 05:03   #5
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My thought - what if he's wrong; bad wrong, I mean even 'off by a factor of ten' kind of wrong...?

Still looking at potentially 5 months to a year. Picture even a tenth of the world without power for anything approaching a half a year. Now picture it happening suddenly, with no warning (for most people at least), and with no way for those people to know how long that situation might drag out.

Half a year to a year? That's a LONG honkin' time.

IMO....would be an eternity for most Americans...

..and others worldwide highly dependent on the products of technology..




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Old 03-20-2014, 05:12   #6
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Seems to me that a lot of people in sciences dealing with weather, geology, astronomy, etc., have found that the best way to generate funding and get publicity is with doom scenarios about extreme events that they need to be hired to monitor, predict or prevent.
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