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Solar storm predicted in DAYS as high-speed space winds head toward Earth and could affect power grid

SPACE weather experts say there is a possibility of a geomagnetic storm hitting Earth this week.

The storm is expected to occur on August 3 as the solar wind shoots through space and “grazes” our planet.

There is a chance of a solar storm this week

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SpaceWeather.com experts stated, “NOAA forecasters say there is a possibility of smaller G1 class geomagnetic storms 3rd August when a high-velocity stream of solar wind is expected to brush the Earth’s magnetic field.

“The gaseous material emanates from a southern hole in the Sun’s atmosphere.”

Each solar storm will be categorized and Wednesday is expected to be only a minor G1 class event when it occurs.

Class G1 means the solar storm could cause small fluctuations in the power grid and have little impact on satellite communications.

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A G1 storm can also confuse migratory animals, which rely on the Earth’s magnetic field for their sense of direction.

One good thing about solar storms is that they can create very beautiful natural displays of light like the Northern Lights.

These natural displays of light are called the Aurora Borealis.

Auroras are examples of Earth’s magnetosphere being bombarded by the solar wind, creating pretty green and blue displays.

The Earth’s magnetic field helps protect us from the more extreme effects of solar storms.

We mostly notice their effects when they affect our technology on Earth.

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In 1989, a powerful solar flare shot down so many electrically charged particles that the Canadian province of Quebec was without electricity for nine hours.

https://www.the-sun.com/tech/5904348/solar-storm-predicted-this-week-hit-earth/ Solar storm predicted in DAYS as high-speed space winds head toward Earth and could affect power grid

Chris Barrese

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