Solar Flares Could Unleash Nuclear Chaos On Planet Earth

(NaturalNews) Forget about the 2012 Mayan calendar, comet Elenin or the Rapture. The real threat to human civilization is far more mundane, and it’s right in front of our noses. If Fukushima has taught us anything, it’s that just one runaway meltdown of fissionable nuclear material can have wide-ranging and potentially devastating consequences for life … Continue reading

Would You Be Prepared If A Solar Flare Took Out The Power Grid Today?

For those of you that follow Space Weather Monitor on a regular basis, or if you just keep a close watch on solar activity you are most likely aware of the solar flares that took place last week. Overall it has been a pretty busy month on the solar surface and there are more sunspots developing every … Continue reading

Risk Management & Space Weather: Are You Ready?

With modern society’s ubiquitous reliance on the electrical grid, “space weather”—such as a severe solar storm—can wreak havoc on the electric-power supply and trigger losses from business interruption and damaged physical assets. While power outages from space weather are low-frequency events, they have the potential to cause crippling long-term damage. In fact, the risk of … Continue reading

Weather Satellites And Storm Warnings Threatened By Federal Budget Cuts

Detailed images taken by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) satellites over the last several days enabled weather forecasters to provide a fairly precise picture of just when and where Hurricane Irene was headed and how strong she would be. The satellites also relayed this critical information early enough so that people along the storm’s … Continue reading

At NASA, First Steps Toward Space Weather Prediction

NASA scientists for the first time can track the effects of a solar storm on Earth, offering new advancements in our ability to predict space weather and how it will impact our satellites, emergency systems, power grid, air traffic control equipment and more. New observations from NASA’s Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory, or STEREO, spacecraft have allowed … Continue reading