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US NOAA Warns of Upcoming Solar Flare Disruptions, Telecom, Energy Systems. Feb 2011

US NOAA Warns of Upcoming Solar Flare Disruptions, Telecom, Energy Systems. Feb 2011

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Published by: Skybridge Spectrum Foundation on Feb 27, 2011
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SkyTel.  See our other documents on Scribd on this topic:  Extreme solar flares and how Meteor Burst Communications is the best form of communication to put into place to operate during andafter major disturbance by predicted upcoming major solar flares.Below is from:http://www.space.com/10906-space-storms-threat.html.Emphasis added. WASHINGTON  Space weather could pose serious problems here on Earth in the comingyears, the chief of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said Saturday(Feb. 19).Asevere solar stormhas the potential
totake down telecommunications and power grids, and the country needs to work onbeing better prepared 
, said NOAAadministrator Jane Lubchenco here at theannual meeting of the AmericanAssociation for the Advancement of Science. Lubchenco is also the U.S.Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere.
"This is not a matter of if, it's simply amatter of when and how big," 
Lubchencosaid of the potential for a dangerous solar flare. "We have every reason to expectwe're going to be seeing more spaceweather in the coming years, and itbehooves us to be smart and beprepared."
Ramping up
 The space weather threat
is becoming more dire as our sun ramps up toward its period of solar maximum, predicted for around 2013
. Activity on the sun fluctuates on a roughly 11-year cycle,and our star has been relatively dormant for a while.That's clearly starting to change, though, as evidenced bya class X solar flare– the strongestkind – that erupted from the sun Feb. 14."I think the events of this week certainly underscore how important it is for us to be payingattention to space weather and to be prepared to respond to, and mitigate, potential impacts,"Lubchenco said. "As we enter into a period of enhanced solar activity it seems pretty clear thatwe are going to be looking at the possibility of not only more solar events but also the possibilityof some very strong events."The Feb. 14 flare unleashed a wave of charged particles that streamed immediately towardEarth, as well as coronal mass ejections, or blobs of plasma, that took days to arrive here.When they did, they interacted with Earth's magnetic field to cause geomagnetic storms thatwiped out radio communications in the Western Pacific Ocean and parts of Asia, and causedairlines to reroute some polar flights to avoid radio outages.

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