Solar Storm 2012 Not So Bad: No Power Outages Yet Reported

    March 8, 2012

We warned you yesterday of a coming solar storm, one of the largest to hit Earth in several years. Some forecasters predicted that the storm–about 10 times more powerful than the solar winds that usually reach us–could cause power outages and disrupt satellites and other technologies, as well as increase the frequency and visibility of the Northern Lights. So far so good, though. Officials have not reported any problems since the storm reached our planet at about 6 o’clock this morning, EST.

The earth got lucky, absorbing the brunt of the solar winds along its northern axis. “If it had been southern,” reports the Associated Press, “that would have caused the most damaging technological disruption and biggest auroras.”

The lack of power outages may be subject to change, though. “We’re not out of the woods,” National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientist Joe Kunches told the AP. “It was a good start. If I’m a power grid, I’m really happy so far.” The sun still has a bit left in it, and if the earth’s orientation to the winds shifts later, we could still encounter some disruption today.

Until then, though, we’ll keep writing. And if the storm does happen to disrupt your power, your communication, or your chi flow, let us know once the power’s back on.