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Friday, September 12, 2014
THE SUN IS FALLING! THE SUN IS FALLING!
Folks, my brothers and sisters in Christ! The sun is falling and is due to hit the earth tonight. I recommend going to confession today, eating a family meal and telling each other you love each other. If you follow these simple instructions you will wake up on Saturday in Paradise or at least purgatory!
Here is the ominous news about the sun falling to earth:
A “minor” solar flare on Monday was followed by a second one from the same Earth-facing region at 1:45 p.m. Wednesday, which resulted in a “major” flare and both sent what is called a “coronal mass ejection” toward Earth.
“These are magnetic clouds expelled at high velocity from the sun." The first of these was expected to hit as a “geomagnetic storm” sometime Thursday night followed by the second one at midday Friday, with the strongest storming Friday night and early Saturday, Berger said. On a scale of 1 to 5, the storm could be between 2 to 3, or moderate to strong, he said.
“These expected levels of geomagnetic storming may cause some radio communication problems and GPS signal degradation,” Berger said. “These storm levels also may lead to some voltage irregularities in the electrical power grids in the northern latitudes of the U.S. These effects are expected to be manageable and not cause any major disruptions to power transmission.”
On the plus side, the northern-most states are likely to be able to see auroras on Friday night from the storms, said William Murtagh, program coordinator for the prediction center.
What is causing some uncertainty in the forecast is the fact that there is one event right after the other and the second one is traveling much faster than the first, Berger said.
“The unique thing about this event is we have had two in close succession and the (clouds) could possibly be interacting on their way to Earth” or when they reach Earth, he said. “It’s fairly rare for two (storms) of this magnitude to come in close succession like this. Because of this we cannot rule out higher storm levels” that potentially could be more severe.
As far as electronics, however, the biggest concern would be for aircraft flying near the poles, Murtagh said. It it is unlikely to zap an iPad in anyone's hometown.
“There is no real concern for electronics down here on the ground,” Murtagh said.