Solar flares make CBC radio 2 reception crappy. Completely a first world problem, but I really do like clear reception when Radio2 isn’t playing crap. Not to worry too much though, apparently the storm will not wipe our earth slate clean:
“A solar storm that began with a massive flare on the sun’s surface Thursday is due to slam into Earth’s magnetic field Saturday morning and last through Sunday.Scientists said it will be a minor event, and they have notified power grid operators, airlines and other potentially affected parties.”
Stay Calm, Carry On. But…
“The storm began Thursday when the sun unleashed a massive flare that hurled a cloud of highly charged particles racing toward Earth at 4.8 million kilometres per hour. It was the sixth time this year that such a powerful solar outburst has occurred. None of the previous storms caused major problems.
In severe cases, solar storms can cause power blackouts, damage satellites and disrupt GPS signals and high-frequency radio communications. Airlines are sometimes forced to reroute flights to avoid the extra radiation around the north and south poles.”
So out technological butts could be smacked around a bit, but nothing to serious. Let’s hope they are correct. :)