No, a Massive Geomagnetic Storm Will Not Hit Earth on March 18

  • No, a Massive Geomagnetic Storm Will Not Hit Earth on March 18

No, a Massive Geomagnetic Storm Will Not Hit Earth on March 18

At their most extreme, geomagnetic storms have been known to cripple satellites and cause massive blackouts.

The Northern Lights is a natural display in the earth's sky, which are predominantly normally seen in high-latitude regions such as around the Arctic and Antarctic. Instead, the storm that will take place on March 18 is just a feeble solar storm which is classified as a G1 category and will not harm any electrical types of equipment at all.

Reports of a major solar storms that could wreak havoc on Earth this week are wide of the mark, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which has not noted any significant storm-related activity on the Sun.

The arrival of the solar storm coincides with the formation of "equinox cracks" in Earth's magnetic field, which form around the equinoxes on March 20 and September 23 every year.

Bureau of Meteorology's space weather services has issued a "geomagnetic disturbance warning" for today until Friday.

Apparently, NOAA has no idea what is this all about as and how did Russians come up with that information. Upon reaching the Earth's magnetosphere, the storm interferes with the magnetosphere and causes exchange of energy between solar wind and space environment.

And the impending solar storm may bring those Northern Lights much farther south than usual.

Though NOAA's Rutledge stressed in his statement that things should be fine on March 18, Newsweek noted that serious geomagnetic storms could indeed cause chaos should they hit our planet. As per the stats, Earth faces over 2,000 G1 categories' geomagnetic storms in every 11 years i.e. about twice a day.

It generally affects telecommunication systems-upsetting radio communications, causing radar blackouts and disrupting radio navigation system.

This may include parts of Scotland and northern England, as well as the "northern tier" of the USA including parts of MI and Maine. They have been fairly common as of late, with the March 18 storm being the third already in 2018, but some are larger than others. People are advised to take bottles of water, gas filled in car's tanks, important documents at hand, food supplies, etc in such cases.

How is a magnetic storm caused?

The upcoming storm will put quite a show for stargazers around the world who can assemble at a ideal spot to watch the auroral lights and other natural phenomena that follows.