National Weather Service on red alert as it monitors major solar flares

The National Weather Service (NWS) is on red alert as it monitors major solar flares. The flares, which are the most powerful type of solar eruption, are capable of causing widespread power outages and disrupting communications.

The NWS has issued a geomagnetic storm watch for December 4th and 5th, warning that the flares could cause a G2 (moderate) geomagnetic storm.

This could lead to power grid fluctuations, satellite disruptions, and auroras visible as low as New York to Wisconsin to Washington state.


The NWS is urging people to take steps to prepare for the potential impacts of the solar flares. This includes having a backup plan for power, keeping electronic devices charged, and being aware of the potential for auroras.

The solar flares are the result of a coronal mass ejection (CME), which is a large explosion of plasma from the sun's atmosphere. CMEs can travel millions of miles per hour and can reach Earth in as little as a few days.

Stay informed about the latest developments by monitoring the NWS website and social media channels.


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