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Prof. Gombosi's Prediction Unfolds: Sunday's solar flare is the most intense since 2006

Posted: March 8, 2012

Prof. Gombosi's Prediction Unfolds:  Sunday's solar flare is the most intense since 2006

(AP News) One of the strongest solar storms in years engulfed Earth early Thursday, but scientists say the planet may have lucked out.  Hours after the storm arrived, officials said there were no reports of problems with power grids, GPS, satellites or other technologies that are often disrupted by solar storms.  Full AP story at Yahoo! News

(NASA News) Two CMEs Reach Earth's Magnetosphere. Read updated report at NASA News

(Washington Post) Since Sunday, the sun has launched a barrage of flares, particle radiation and blobs of plasma that have disrupted some radio communications and forced airlines to reroute northern flights.

Scientists expected the solar storm — the most intense since 2006 — to intensify this morning as the latest blast pushed past Earth.  Full article "Solar storms ramp up, take aim at Earth" at the Washington Post

Solar Storms: Expect one per month as solar maximum approaches

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.

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