NASA and White House Prepare For Catastrophic Solar Storm That is Already Wreaking Havoc Around The World

A severe solar storm could disrupt the nation’s power grid for months, potentially leading to widespread blackouts. Resulting damage and disruption for such an event could cost more than $1 trillion, with a full recovery time taking months to years, according to the National Academy of Sciences.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Space Weather Prediction Centre has issued a magnetic storm warning – something it very rarely does. The magnetic storm has already caused damages in various parts of the world, grounding flights in Sweden and power outages reported elsewhere.  Another powerful solar storm is expected Friday or Saturday.

And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke -Acts 2:19 (KJV). 

Aurora Borealis, also known as the northern lights, like those shown above Norway, are caused by the flow of electrically charged particle that are thrown out by the sun during solar storms. Solar events like the one that caused this aurora are relatively minor compared to the one that hit the Earth in 1859.

As a result of the solar storm, the beautiful Aurora Beuralis lights have been visible in parts of the World they normally are not available in, which is also EXTREMELY rare and telling of how powerful the solar storm is.  The northern lights aren’t commonly seen in the lower 48 states; on our continent, they’re typically seen in places like Alaska and Canada.

The northern lights display is created by fast-moving charged particles from a high-speed solar wind stream emanating from the sun. Due to the powerful and massive solar storm currently underway, the lights were viewable in Vermont, Nebraska, Indiana, Maryland, Montana, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Oregon, Idaho and Wyoming. Viewers reported seeing the lights on Monday night and early Tuesday morning in Michigan and Iowa.

 “And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars…” Luke 21:25 (KJV).

A principal concern is that the sun could unleash a dangerous surge of magnetically charged plasmas that could severely damage or destroy critically important electric power systems, satellites, spacecraft and telecommunications.

The White House, realizing that an extreme solar storm could jeopardize the nation’s vitality and security, released a strategy and multi-agency plan on Thursday to prepare for and coordinate responses to the space weather threat.

The U.S. government are preparing for a catastrophic solar flare which could wipe out power across the world for months.

“The plan was motivated by a recognition that we need a cohesive national network to build resilience [to space weather] and to determine what we need to know,” said Bill Murtagh, assistant director for space weather at White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).  “This is a real and present danger, this is a real threat.”

The plan’s development, co-chaired by NOAA, the Department of Homeland Security and OSTP, was the work of members from seven Cabinet-level departments as well as 13 agencies and service branches.

Murtagh said the need for the plan arose over time as government officials as well as constituents from the electric power, telecommunications and emergency management sectors became increasingly aware of the risks posed by space weather.

Most solar storms are benign and occur regularly.  They manifest themselves in magnificent display of aurora at high latitudes. But extreme events, the kind scientists fear, are rare. Our current infrastructure hasn’t been tested by this class of storm, but scientists know they are possible, based on recent activity on the sun as well as the historical record.

In 2012, NASA said the sun unleashed two massive clouds of plasma that barely missed a catastrophic encounter with Earth.

“If it had hit, we would still be picking up the pieces,” physicist Daniel Baker of the University of Colorado told NASA two years after it happened.

NASA said a direct strike could’ve caused widespread power outages and other damaging effects. More troubling, it cited research which suggests that there is a 12 percent chance of something like this happening in the next decade.

The most severe documented solar storm to impact Earth, known as the Carrington Event, occurred in September 1859, well before today’s power grid and network of satellites existed.

The image above shows the numerous effects a solar flare could have on the world .

The image above shows the numerous effects a solar flare could have on the world.

During the Carrington event, the northern lights were seen as far south as Cuba and Hawaii, according to historical accounts. The solar eruption “caused global telegraph lines to spark, setting fire to some telegraph offices,” NASA noted.

A National Academy of Sciences study in 2008 said a similar event happening today could produce a devastating economic impact exceeding $2 trillion, 20 times the cost of Hurricane Katrina.

A key component of the White House plan is to establish benchmarks for space weather events.  “They provide a point of reference from which to improve the understanding of space weather effects, develop more effective mitigation procedures, enhance response and recovery planning and understand risk,” the plan says.

Some recent studies have shown that there is historical evidence of the sun producing “superflares,” or flares 1,000 times larger than what has been observed in modern times.

“We have to understand how big these storms can be,” Murtagh said. “We have to define those numbers and present them to industry and those trying to protect assets so they know what to protect against.”

The plan also calls for an assessment of the vulnerability of our nation’s systems to these storms.  A critical question, which is not well understood, is how severely would an extreme solar storm impact the power grid?

The 2008 National Academy of Sciences report said power outages after an extreme solar storm could last months or longer, since transformers take a long time to replace. A report from North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC) from 2012, on behalf of the industry, was not as dire, noting that geomagnetic storms are more likely to cause blackouts and short-term power loss rather than such sustained damage.

Murtagh explained that this kind of  assessment is a “huge undertaking” since so many factors affect the vulnerability at different points in the grid network, including physical location, underlying geology and the age of the equipment. Parts of the southern U.S. have no recent experience with a significant solar storm, so the impacts on power systems there are not well understood. “We want to do more of a deep dive to understand vulnerability across the nation,” Murtagh said.

One of the more frightening aspects of the space weather threat is that, based on currently available monitoring, forecasters would have little lead time ahead of an extreme event.

NOAA recently put in space the satellite DISCOVR (Deep Space Climate Observatory) which can measure the strength of potentially damaging solar winds, but with only 15 to 60 minutes of warning time.

“A critical piece of the plan is to make sure we have an operational suite of instruments both on ground and in space to provide real-time measurements we need as a nation to support space weather for the nation,” Murtagh said.

Goal 5 of the plan supports improving space weather services through advancing understanding and forecasting, which includes not only exploring options to enhance the monitoring of these events, but also improving computer model simulations.

“We want to be sure we’re enabling research to improve modeling of these events so we can understand days in advance what that coronal mass ejection [plasma wave] leaving the sun might look like when it’s hitting Earth,” Murtagh said.

The plan also places an emphasis on increasing international cooperation, as the entire globe is vulnerable to these events and intergovernmental and bilateral efforts to address the threat are gaining momentum. “An important part of the strategy is working with friends around the world,” Murtagh said.

That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else. – Isaiah 45:6 (KJV).

Joe Kunches, a retired lead forecaster from NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center and Capital Weather Gang’s space weather expert, said the plan represents a very positive step in improving the nation’s readiness for severe space weather.

“[The plan goes] a long way in dealing with the paradox of space weather; it affects individuals, but individuals cannot build a mitigation strategy alone,” Kunches said. “Government agencies must stand to lead the response.”

Source: Space Daily, Washington Post and Daily Mail

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And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke -Acts 2:19 (KJV). 

For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways. – James 1:11 (KJV).

For this shall the earth mourn, and the heavens above be black: because I have spoken it, I have purposed it, and will not repent, neither will I turn back from it – Jeremiah 4:28 (KJV).

Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision. The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining. – Joel 3:14-15 (KJV). 

“And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars…” Luke 21:25 (KJV).

For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made,even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse – Romans 1:20 (KJV).

From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD’S name is to be praised.- Psalm 113:3 (KJV). 

Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands. They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed:-Psalm 102:25-26 (KJV).


And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. read more.And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand? – Revelation 6:12-17 (KJV).

They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. – Revelation 7:16 (KJV). 

The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. – Psalms 121:6 (KJV).

The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the LORD shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory. – Isaiah 60:19 (KJV).


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