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Prof. Tamas Gombosi on Solar Storms: Expect one per month as solar maximum approaches

Posted: January 27, 2012

Prof. Tamas Gombosi on Solar Storms: Expect one per month as solar maximum approaches

Michigan Engineering recently recorded AOSS Professor Tamas Gombosi talking about solar storms.

“We can expect an average of one solar storm per month over the next few years,” says University of Michigan professor Tamas Gombosi. Gombosi is director of U-M's Center for Space Environment Modeling, which developed the prediction model that NASA uses. Space weather forecasting is where Earth weather forecasting was 20 or 30 years ago, Gombosi said. Scientists can give a few hours notice at this point, but they are working to give more. Power grid-related issues caused by solar storms could cost trillions of dollars when you count the costs of fixing damage to the grid.

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