Solar Storm has minimum impact on normal life.

Two massive X class Solar flares, which are the strongest the Sun can produce, in quick succession earlier in the week had caused scientists on earth to brace for the effects of a solar storm on our telecommunications and power grids. It appears now that we were lucky and the predicted dangers have not come to pass.

The storm which hit earth at about 1100GMT, passed the ‘A’ Satellite a million miles away from earth at about 1045GMT with a 59nanotesla impact which is considered pretty strong. This is the largest solar storm to have hit earth since December 2006. One reason for unanticipated mildness of the effects of this storm seems to be that scientists are not able to gauge the orientation of the magnetic field on the charged particles that hit the earth.

In preparation for a disruption in communication many airlines rerouted their flights that were to have flown over the Polar Regions. Delta Airlines switched routs for many westbound flights between U.S. Cities such as Atlanta, Minneapolis and New York City and international destinations in the Far East like Tokyo, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Nagoya adding about 15 to 20 minutes to the total flight time. American Airlines did not re-route any flights, though it is using lower altitudes on routs above 60 degrees north.

The North American Reliability Corporation which is an organization certified by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission felt that the most likely effect of a solar storm would be loss of reactive power. They have seen no significant impact of the solar storm, but are still monitoring the situation. Utility companies are also continuing their normal monitoring of their power transmission and distribution facilities, and are prepared to take the necessary action in the event of abnormality in energy flows. Most Utility companies such as seemed to have faced no effects of the solar storm.

On the positive side a solar storm such as the one hitting the earth right now produces a spectacular display of Northern lights for those of us lucky enough to be able to see them.

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