March 8th, 2012
05:08 PM ET

Solar storms causing few problems on Earth

Geomagnetic and solar radiation storms hitting Earth after Tuesday's solar flares may not be as big as advertised, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday.

Together, such storms can affect GPS systems, other satellite systems and power grids, but none of these problems has been reported, even as the leading edge of the sun's coronal mass ejections from Tuesday hit Earth on Thursday morning, scientists said.

The geomagnetic storm has reached only G1 intensity on a scale from G1 (weak) to G5 (extreme), and the solar radiation storm is an S3 (strong) on a similar 1-to-5 scale, NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center said. Earlier, NOAA had predicted a G3/S4 event.

Still, the solar radiation storm has prompted some airlines to divert planes from routes near the north pole, where radio communications may be affected and passengers at high altitudes may be at a higher than normal radiation risk.

"Today we are using alternate routes for seven westbound flights to Asia. We will monitor possible solar impact to the operation in making decisions for tomorrow and future dates," Delta Air Lines spokesman Anthony Black said.

American Airlines put three high-polar flights - from the U.S. to Japan and China - on lower-altitude routes on Thursday, spokesman Ed Martelle said. And United Airlines rerouted four flights to Asia, according to United spokesman Mike Trevino.

The geomagnetic storm still could give earthlings quite a show Thursday night. The storm is expected to produce auroras, or northern lights, that may be visible as far south as the northern United States, said Physicist Joseph Kunches with the Space Weather Prediction Center.

Tuesday's solar eruptions included two solar flares - intense bursts of radiation from the sun - and two coronal mass ejections, which are releases of gas and magnetic fields from the outer sun. The coronal mass ejections reached Earth on Thursday.

Kunches likened the challenge of forecasting the strength of the storms to hitting a major league pitcher's fastball.

"Like a hitter, we try (to) figure out if the pitch is coming down the middle of the plate or is low and outside," Kunches said. "The problem is, the pitch comes from the sun from 93 million miles away."

Forecasters also try to figure out which way the particles ejected from the sun are oriented, which has major implications on how strong the event will be.

"Like a curveball, the orientation can change. We didn't see the spin with this event," Kunches said.

He added that the event is not over, and the effect of the solar radiation could increase if it becomes better aligned later Thursday. By Friday morning, the solar storm should be diminishing.

The sunspot that produced the storms, however, still will be facing Earth through the weekend, and further emissions could bring new storms to the planet.

soundoff (411 Responses)
  1. Glades2

    Glad to hear that so far so good...

    March 8, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
    • bg123

      Maybe not–I think Rick Santorum had something to do with this. He'll say and do anything to get the radical vote (it IS Super Tuesday, afterall!)

      March 8, 2012 at 8:39 pm |
  2. Austin

    You guys are just kidding

    March 8, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
  3. jake

    i wish the announcer would just shut up and let her talk.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:49 pm |

    if our sun are sputting a fire our planet are lack of gravity and the asteroid is always close to protect the planet to the disaliegnment,,, ,,,,that is the cause why the dinosaur are lost ,,, disalignment not asteroid

    March 8, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
    • Tracy

      Say what?

      March 8, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
    • William

      reason why god is making change because the dinosaur very dangerous too hugs than us are little peoples. they are dinosaur can eat us peoples, But God is decdie order big rock hitting Earth could have killed all the dinosaurs millions of years ago. God want all animals is lttles anymore big animals. peoples live in on the earth and animals is little better than dinosaur.. so i not know why The sun is go on against on human peoples no reason.

      March 8, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
      • Thankful bored atheist

        LOL good one, sir.. made my day! A bit mean tho..

        March 8, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
      • funkydank

        dude, your rant was very unintelligent. just stop. just stop.

        March 8, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
      • Can't believe is not butter

        What about a little bus underground use as a bunker?...

        March 8, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
      • Wyla


        March 8, 2012 at 6:32 pm |
      • dk

        English must be your second language?

        March 8, 2012 at 6:46 pm |
      • jinks

        love the comment.. lol

        March 8, 2012 at 6:47 pm |
      • Carla

        Jinks, it's probably not any language he speaks. Probably used one of those free translators and posted.

        March 8, 2012 at 7:47 pm |
      • Mark

        Comment actually makes more sense when read in a Yoda voice. Try it.

        March 8, 2012 at 8:32 pm |
      • gmon52

        I'm friggen cracking up here. Thank you. I needed a good belly laugh. HUH?

        March 8, 2012 at 8:50 pm |
      • Heather

        William, William, oh dear William, This "god" you speak of, is he real or are you going on blind faith here? Please do not think that you have the power to judge others because of this blind faith, you do not. Nor should your blatant ignorance to the English language be a hindrance to the rest of our Nation. You are just a flea on a really big dog, you either need to bite or jump onto something else that you can suck the blood out of. Your ignorant views on religion are not needed here.

        March 8, 2012 at 9:10 pm |
      • Grouchy Hobo

        we" still be herem it just affects the electrical appliances such as your cell phone, radio, tv...etc. god didnt do it, even though im atheis why would your god do this anyway?

        March 8, 2012 at 10:20 pm |
      • CSirrizzotti

        Can you please annuciate so we can understand you!!?? Or get off the drugs....

        March 8, 2012 at 10:30 pm |
      • CSirrizzotti

        You people and using GOD as the reason.. How pathetic.. GOD if there is one, which there is NOT, has nothing to do with it.Use your brain and realize we came from the primordial soup.. We evolved Idiot's. yet each to they're own. LOP's..

        March 8, 2012 at 10:34 pm |
      • CSirrizzotti

        William. There you go with the GOD theory, where the hell do you come up with this stuff? seems to me, you should educate yourself with astronomical facts, NOT that of the bible written by man.. Just as the tree's grow and just as we as humans develop through time, so does everything else.. GOD has nothing to do with it...We evolve as we learn, (LEARN) hence evolve.. education is a factor here, NOT a ridiculous belief taught from birth. OH my!! did I say (BIRTH)? Evolvement...You know?? Growing, evolving into who and what you are... People bust me up... LOL

        March 8, 2012 at 10:42 pm |
      • CSirrizzotti

        William, William, oh dear William, This "god" you speak of, is he real or are you going on blind faith here? Please do not think that you have the power to judge others because of this blind faith, you do not. Nor should your blatant ignorance to the English language be a hindrance to the rest of our Nation. You are just a flea on a really big dog, you either need to bite or jump onto something else that you can suck the blood out of. Your ignorant views on religion are not needed here.

        Go Heather Go Heather!!! You talk the truth, wish this William could!! LOL. NO speaking something he wants to push a GOD belief into.. Love what you said... C Sirrizzotti..

        March 8, 2012 at 10:47 pm |
      • Einesteine

        Thank you for your insightful commentary. You are a tremendous CNN responder. Your satire has provoked crazy responses, so mission accomplished.

        March 9, 2012 at 12:39 am |
      • @youignantdotcom

        "You people and using GOD as the reason.. How pathetic.. GOD if there is one, which there is NOT, has nothing to do with it"

        There is no way you will ever be able to prove this statement.... stop being so #ignant.

        March 12, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
    • rlong

      OH!, I agree, one hundred percent.

      March 8, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
    • larlarme

      can't argue with that (since you can't figure out what was said)

      March 8, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
    • tct

      True, my dinosaur always get lost when disaligned in low gravity! The astroid will protect, unless the orientation is bipolar.

      March 8, 2012 at 7:30 pm |
    • Pepinium

      Dark, your statement is so disjointed that, if I were you, the only matter I would be concerned about is the one between your ears. Open the windows and let some air in.

      April 10, 2012 at 10:17 am |
  5. dale

    The sky is falling the sky is falling Just put your popcorn out on the sidewalk and watch it pop good grief.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
  6. Lord Hades

    News: You Will not die. Most of you anyways. I'm the God of Death, you can take my word for it. Hmm...For those of you who follow the way of Rome, consider me Lord Pluto instead.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
    • "Sotia."

      Could you Please Leave My House Alone, this Includes possible emissaries. We're having enough issues as it is, target MYSELF as you will, but can you leave the others alone?!. Though I've asked constantly, COULD YOU PLEASE STOP?!

      March 8, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
      • Lord Hades

        What? Your house? You have confused a death god. I respect you.

        March 8, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
      • Lord Hades

        You claim ownership to the House of Hades? Lmao. Posers. What they do for attention. Go on humor me.

        March 8, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
  7. spellcheck

    EDITOR: Paragraph 2 should say losing, not loosing.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
    • okay


      March 8, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
    • KR

      You spelled nut wrong.

      March 8, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
    • Sophia Dengo

      Nice catch. We've corrected it. Thanks for reading!
      Sophia Dengo, CNN

      March 8, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
      • Paula

        Sophia, this is truly a great article but could you please tell the people who keep putting totally unrelated chitchat in the comment section to please GET A LIFE! Thanks so much!

        March 8, 2012 at 6:19 pm |
  8. Keel Hauler

    There's a science-fiction book called "The Sword of Allah." Middle-Eastern terrorists get control of a powerful satellite that fires a pulse into the sun, causing it to release a huge burst of microwaves to roast the Western infidels . But they skrew up the timing and destroy THEIR side of the world instead of the USA! Ahahahahaha, most hilarious!

    March 8, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
    • Quid Malmborg

      Larry Niven's "Inconstant Moon" is also worth a re-read. And it's in the same short story comp with "Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex."

      March 8, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
  9. Keel Hauler

    Good. Maybe it will cut down on cell phone usage by idiots who think they are accomplishing something by talking on a damn phone all day.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
  10. Debbie

    Oh, come on, people! Solar flares have been happening since the beginning of time. Many blogging sun worshippers don't worry about getting radiated every day. Chicken Little was a children's story-the sky is not falling. Grow up!

    March 8, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
    • Chris

      That is true, but for only 125 years of that huge span have we relied on an electrical grid. The next big one could be disasterous now, yet 200 years ago it was simply. Light show.

      March 8, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
  11. William

    so you not real interest about doomsday bunker. I have one doomsday bunker of underground already. mean you not ready an idea think about should be plan set up bunker of underground will be safe.. Peoples not want Bunker of underground and peoples want kill themself.. you not interest anythings. i have a own bunker of course you not ready.. i'm safe you death yourself the sun will spread kill of billion peoples death like cooking burn.. lol

    March 8, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
    • joejoe

      can someone translate this.

      March 8, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
      • Jason S

        You just have to be well versed in the language of stupidity. Unfortunately You have to be stupid to understand it.

        March 8, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
      • Can't believe is not butter

        You so stupid! You no bunker,he bunker and you no boom boom with kissn cousins in bunker and you boom,boom outside cause you so stupid cause no understand?

        March 8, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
      • dk

        Me no dum-dum. You dum-dum. You bring me gum-gum?

        March 8, 2012 at 6:50 pm |
      • Graybiker

        Read it in Yoda's voice, It makes a bit more sense that way (you have to insert your own random "hmmmm?"'s ), not a lot more, but maybe enough...

        March 8, 2012 at 9:58 pm |
      • RealityBetraysUs

        It appears that William is using another language other than English and converting it with and "artificial intelligence" type data converter which makes the output make total nonsense when output in the form of "English". You first need to find out what Williams original language format is and then what type of "AI" linguistic converter he is using. Sort of like reversing "pig latin".

        March 8, 2012 at 11:59 pm |
    • Cindy Maddy

      Wow... I DO hope English is not your primary language.. 'Nuff said.

      March 8, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
      • Crow

        Many people on this list apparently are still in remedial English class and have never taken a science course. So we must be very careful not to judge them. Dew ewe no watt eye mien? This phenomenon has been an increasing occurrence on otherwise interesting blogs.

        March 8, 2012 at 10:03 pm |
    • Boes73

      Not speaking know you of. Maybe again understand to try once more read.

      March 8, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
    • ItIsToLaugh

      When it's your time to go, you're gone. All the bunkers in the world, be damned.

      March 8, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
    • JN

      You made no sense whatsoever. I got a headache just reading your post.

      March 8, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
      • William

        you know why because you could not understand what i said.. mean you not ready for plan set up Bunker of underground.. the sun won't trought to earth. God make a greator of the earth.. so can you do it making of bunker of underground the sun wont hitting on bunker. because the Bunker very stronger like iron not weak!!! understand me. period

        March 8, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
      • Can't believe is not butter

        You can not undetstand william cause william has been cookinnn his brains underground in a bunker waiting on doomsday,,,he love bunker and bunker love him back,,,no bunker for you cause you dont prep like william cause you so stupid cause you no bunker...
        Stupid no bunker lady

        March 8, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
      • okay


        March 8, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
      • William

        yeah right. of course. i have own bunker proven. i'm tell you honest with you you have to trust me.. if they are girls need look for me i will get all women over 20 peoples live with me in bunker luck up the door. and all the woman stay in my bunker they wont outsdie... you dont have no girls with you. you already too late dead i'm safe and all girls are safe.

        March 8, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
    • PushingBack

      My god I wished a solar flare had struck me down before wasting my time reading this post.

      March 8, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
    • Keel Hauler

      Bill, just how much time have you spent in that bunker of yours? I think it's time to come out and get some air, buddy.

      March 8, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
      • William

        assume what do you think you have to found yourself. i have own bunker will tell you..

        March 8, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
    • sliv3r16

      I seriously hope you're not trolling, dude, cuz typing like that must be chewing up a lot of brain cells.

      March 8, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
    • Michelle

      SIr or Maam, I believe you may have had a stroke. You are rambling and incoherent. I suggest you ask someone to take you to the Hospital ASAP. I am not kidding around....I am dead serious. Please seek a medical evaluation ASAP.

      March 8, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
    • NevadaRebel


      Sure hope that bunker is mile or two deep. Because the radiation X-rays and Gamma rays will microwave anything not that deep. Other gamble is you just happen to be on the opposite side of the incoming flares if or when it was to happen..

      Good Luck to all of Us, if that happens..

      March 8, 2012 at 9:35 pm |
      • Chris

        For y'all who who think a big solar flare going to shoot from the sun and destroy everything like the one in the movie "knowing". You need to do some research on solar flares before you start commenting

        March 9, 2012 at 12:16 pm |
  12. Toutle Mom

    I love how they leave out the most interesting part of this. Solar storms produce the effect know as the Northern Lights. Keep your eyes peeled at night for some beautiful colors!

    March 8, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
    • Happy Gilmore

      Read it again...

      March 8, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
    • noodlez

      I love when people don't finish articles they post about and then say stupid things like "I love how they leave out the most interesting part of this".

      Please just read, and then comment. not the other way around

      Earthlings could still see be treated to quite a show Thursday night, however, as the highly charged particles interact with the Earth’s magnetic field to produce auroras or northern lights. They may be visible as far south as the northern tier of states, according to Kunches.

      March 8, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
  13. Kate

    Can we correct for spelling. "Loosing"???? communication. CNN _ Proofreaders?

    March 8, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
    • Carl M.

      It seriously disturbs me just how many use "loosing" in place of "losing". It's like another IQ stupidity switch got flipped or something.

      March 8, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
      • dk

        Next thing you'll know they'll be using "alot" instead of "a lot".

        March 8, 2012 at 6:55 pm |
      • Crow

        Alot (Hindi: अलोट) is a town and nagar panchayat in the Ratlam district of Madhya Pradesh, India.

        March 8, 2012 at 10:09 pm |
  14. Havefun

    I'm in California and am just hoping to maybe see some of the colors in the sky tonight. I'm not worried about the world ending. I know we won't get that lucky; we never do. 😉

    March 8, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
    • Keel Hauler

      No offense, but if I had to pick a place for the world to start ending, it would be California. Or Florida, where I live. People in both places are generally useless.

      March 8, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
    • beutiful

      Your right ! i can't wait to see the lights in the sky,I will be getting my video /camra phone ready and i live in the eastern shore of maryland.

      March 8, 2012 at 6:52 pm |
  15. William

    I'm tell you everybody do not be afriad yourself stand up and stronger. if god see you face to face. if you think cheap god. so god did not making of sun bombout against on earth. God let you do bad things making the sun will bombout against on earth and human peoples not to pray god. So Why god is give to Adam and Eve on the earth a live forever should be!!! If the sun keep an consistent bombout kill us peoples. Why God is making us human on the earth?? If you read the bible page revelation will be happened. Do not accuse on god because god know what you doing that is your fault not god.. because a lot of cars and house and making the heal up and bad gas and bad smoke the sun will making more and more worse bombout could kill 100perecnt for good and the earth will zone it is compelet. a lot people are concernt about sun bomdbout who fault from peoples not pray for god!!!

    March 8, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
    • god

      please stop worshiping me

      March 8, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
      • Scott

        Lmao, at this guy^^^

        March 8, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
      • NevadaRebel

        Yea after all there just Santa Cause's for grown ups.. To each is to there own not judging you and your going to do what you what, It's your choice cool. But 5 gods in 21 century someones going to be wrong. We get smarter and the same religions power hungry humans ( not the Creator ) pulls us down from evolving and holds the rest of the human race up.

        Look we made it to the moon in 1969, but here we are 43 years later and don't even get out of our atmosphere and still use chemical burning propellents. We wonder why things are so off. Power over people via religions and pass the plate please for pastors salaries ( Tax Free, YEA!) . See you next Sunday and 10 min. after church they turn in to total jerks. I'll keep my relationship personal with god as explain in the books, It's a spiritual relationship not just a Sunday gathering But don't believe me, it in the new testament so take those words, I'm just a messenger to at least make you use that other great gift God / Gods gave you, call a Human mind.

        March 8, 2012 at 10:06 pm |
    • William

      so now whom is fault that is Bush and Obama is fault not us peoples, however one things peoples not pray to god. so God is forsake from you. so let the sun will burn bomb out against on the earth bomb!! all the repbulie and dem are stupid they are not ready making a concept like star wars yet and for peoples live on large of shipcraft pilot are safe than happened.. everybody you know why they are making underaround of boomsday Bunker are not safe. the sun beat bunker still weak.. we need use making shipcraft or star war are safe than boomsday bunker

      March 8, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
      • William

        Why not you urge of repubic or dem will making of spacecraft or star wars or you can make of doomsday bunkers underground. that is why peoples not ready making an idea

        March 8, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
      • Will TARD!

        You mad?

        March 8, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
      • Carl M.

        William, in all fairness, if mankind built a spaceship and set out into space, where would we go? How would we survive? We wouldn't, and might as well have stayed on earth and died.

        March 8, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
      • William

        Carl M we coud do it. use your brain think about how would we are live on huge of spacecraft will be safe move other new plants the earth will be reture new and fresh. we could we could.. get spacecraft or Bunker of underground

        March 8, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
      • svann

        Just curious, what is your native language?

        March 8, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
      • "Sotia."

        William... consider THIS.

        You're going the right way, remain logical and keep it up. BUT, rather realize you may need to thank the Lord it works.. believe me..

        March 8, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
      • William

        svann you should know I'm mix of native american and french and american!! why you ask me question...

        March 8, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
    • @youignantdotcom

      you need to learn to read and write first before spouting off on a subject no one has any idea about.

      March 8, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
    • CatSh

      William needs a new text translator...... 'D

      March 8, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
  16. Sego

    What am I going to do without my cellphone and internet?!?!??!?!?!?!


    March 8, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
    • macbaldy

      Do what you did last time. Keep on keeping on. On average, these events happen every ten months.

      March 8, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
  17. Plato

    I heard that coronal mass ejections are perfectly normal and it happens to a lot of suns.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
    • Tim

      true, but it tends to increase in frequency when around suns of the opposite gender

      March 8, 2012 at 12:58 pm |
    • CatSh

      Same old Venus and Mars thing......

      March 8, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
    • "Sotia."

      Ok, and what about those being affected? Have you considered this? Had Socrates not driven his argument into himself?

      March 8, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
  18. Tim

    CNN likes to this same story everytime the sun has a bowel movement. Must be a cost cutting move, no need for new content.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
  19. Jordan

    The terrible storm knocked out our local country station for about 45 mins. this morning. I would like to thank the sun for giving me 3/4 of an hour of country free driving.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
  20. lefty avenger

    Don't be surprised if this solar radiation reanimates the dead. Scientists will be working on the problem.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
    • Jordan

      great you all hear that Zombies.

      March 8, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
      • No One Is Safe

        all you zombies show your faces

        March 14, 2012 at 9:49 am |
    • noway!

      just be ready!just kidding LOL

      March 8, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
    • Keel Hauler

      Hornady bullet company manufactures ammunition called "ZombieMax" that is specifically intended for killing the undead. I have some in my AK, and my colt, and my glock, and my other colt.....

      March 8, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
    • "Sotia."

      I love the thought~! But can they remain contus and not like raving zombies from 'dawn of the dead'? I mean, to channel this energy to something good would be great! (I hope....)

      March 8, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  21. dreamer96

    The Earth's core is getting cooked by our own sun's powered microwave oven...better watch out the Yellow Stone Park's super volcano might blow..and that would make for a really bad day, week, year...many years...decades..

    March 8, 2012 at 12:32 pm |
    • Jordan

      fortunately, John Cusak is still alive and he will save us.

      March 8, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
      • Tim

        In a big boat on top of a mountain that does not operate if a single door remains open (who put in that design feature)

        March 8, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
    • MontanaGuy

      It's Yellowstone...not Yellow Stone. 🙂

      March 8, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  22. Sam

    Am I the only person that noticed the news station used the word 'flair' instead of flare... <_<

    March 8, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
    • nate

      that is because the flares are "fabulous"

      March 8, 2012 at 12:39 pm |
      • smoothy


        March 8, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
  23. Sun Dont Shine

    Every five years or so, recluusive astrophysicists need to crawl out of their respective shells if nothing more than to promote their own brand of fear-mongering.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:31 pm |

      If you really think this is "fear mongering" you don't know anything about sunspots, radiation, etc. The 11 year cycle is a well known fact as are solar flares!

      March 8, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
    • @youignantdotcom

      Better than getting fear mongering every sunday

      March 8, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
  24. BlotterAcid

    How great is this for the space-weather team having a CME come the day after the airing of Horizon – Solar Storms (BBC) warning us that this exact thing is going to be happening a lot this year. Talk about good timing.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
  25. livingston1

    I for one am glad to hear this news! It lets me know to look for the aurora borealis tonight! We don't often get to see it in my part of the country!

    March 8, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
  26. smh

    Sorry to all of the doomsday preppers who were expecting today to be the end of civilization. Now go back to buying radiation suits, boarding up your house, and hoarding as much food as you can and go wait for the next time civilization is supposed to end.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:16 pm |
    • DeeNYC

      Was thinking exact same thing. The solar flare was actually one families fear. Man those people are messed up.

      March 8, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
      • debbie

        My husband and I were just saying the same thing last night! Hope their food supply holds out 🙂 LOL

        March 8, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
  27. Deborah Burnham

    People! People! tonight could be as far as calf oregon the colorful lights in the sky look watch for them. its going to be like watching the northern lights that some only see once in a lifetime ok. its not ok to make fun of this great thing happening. i dont think anyway. if the sky is clear you may see a great show to tell to your young granchildern someday of this. take pictures insead of making fun of this. i believe god gave us this earth to live love and be happy on and if he desides to take it away its going to happy with out a worning just at the snap of the fingers. so those of you that want to enjoy tonights greatness. i know i am going to .

    March 8, 2012 at 12:15 pm |
  28. shelley


    March 8, 2012 at 12:13 pm |
  29. Rider101

    As usual, Soledad Obrien's lack of journalism skills are on full display.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:13 pm |
    • myviewtoo

      Your jealousy is showing you can't begin to compare to such an intelligent beautiful women
      go back to the barn you came from

      March 8, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
    • HammerHShark

      Don't worry Rider, she's just above your head. BTW – Sarah Dillingham is the CNN correspondent who sent this article. Please read before you post.

      March 8, 2012 at 12:32 pm |
  30. Snooki Baby

    Quick!! Get Bruce Willis and a bunch of Roughnecks into space so they can save us!!!!

    March 8, 2012 at 12:12 pm |
    • Matt


      March 8, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
  31. Lee S

    Surely, people will remain calm and not resort to parroting horrible consequences of this storm that they "read on the internet so it must be true" Same thing goes for the 2012 crud. get ur heads out of your rears.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:11 pm |
  32. CatSh

    One bigger than this happened 5 years ago. Remember all the chaos and destruction? No? Me neither. 😉

    March 8, 2012 at 12:07 pm |
    • Matt

      Yeah, much ado about nothing! 🙂

      March 8, 2012 at 12:17 pm |
  33. shelley davidson

    The Solar Flare is true, Our banking online is down and Insurance co. Back east phone lines are dead and so is the fax , some of u need to wake up its really happening . The news will not say much cause they don't what to scare people . Its affect me.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:07 pm |
    • shelley davidson

      I'M from California

      March 8, 2012 at 12:09 pm |
    • smh

      Yeah ok.

      March 8, 2012 at 12:09 pm |
    • SkiOne

      the news said exactly what is happening to you, you will see communications disruption for the duration of the event. Not that big a deal, really

      March 8, 2012 at 12:10 pm |
    • noway!

      if it is true like ur saying whocares! we cant stop it so get drunk and blazed then and hope u dont feel much.the world shale end when it wants to thats all there is to it

      March 8, 2012 at 12:11 pm |
    • Snooki Baby

      Shelley, since you're in California nobody cares. You al are going to slide into the Pacific when "THE BIG ONE" hits.

      March 8, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
      • Really?

        I'll take living in California where the big one "might" hit within the next 1000 years over over living in the east in tornado alley or hurricane harbor where the slate is guaranteed to get "wiped clean" at least once a year. Definitely more deaths there than when a quake hits in California.

        March 8, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
    • marty

      Here in PA the phones, faxes, cell phones, and power systems are working 100% fine. Stop thinking this is a problem and start thinking this is a great opportunity to witness one of the beauties of nature.

      March 8, 2012 at 12:22 pm |
      • noway!

        exactly my phones is fine and im in DE and i rather like the weather 🙂

        March 8, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
    • SpaceCadet

      west coast Florida here and no issues yet. no disruptions to phone or internet noted. electric grid is just fine too so far. I don't expect any problmes other than its likely that digital cable tv may have a flicker or two...which is normal anyway.

      March 8, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
    • DeeNYC

      the end is nigh shelly, send me all your money quickly!

      March 8, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
    • Jordan

      If things are so bad, then how did you get online to post your comment?

      March 8, 2012 at 12:40 pm |
    • macs

      That's odd...that's the same thing that happens when a trenching crew hits a buried cable...but I'm sure that you are right...

      March 8, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
    • JuneCleaversBeaver

      Just get some more foil for your hat. You'll be fine.

      March 8, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
    • MontanaGuy

      You are joking right? I have been in constant communication with good friends on Long Island...not to mention hearing from some friends in Florida. Are you sure you are in the right dimension?

      March 8, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
      • Crow

        Few posters on this blog are NOT from another dimension.

        March 8, 2012 at 10:26 pm |
  34. Son of GOD

    y fear? i hv alredy told u in d scripture dat it's world witout end! all dis are natural phenomenon wich mst tak place!

    March 8, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
    • scott

      Use your education, assuming you had one, and write your words correctly.

      March 8, 2012 at 12:07 pm |
      • noway!

        ur cool scott and ur view on all this?

        March 8, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
    • Jordan

      I'm sorry, and shot you had at a serious argument went out the window after the first word you typed. Why don't you run along back to Facebook, i'm sure there are 13 year old girls waiting to hear from you,

      March 8, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
    • god

      you are not my son, my son knows how to spell....

      March 8, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
      • Lucifer

        LOL. . .Still waiting for the end of the world to release me for 1000 years. . .I'm sooooo bored. . .

        March 8, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
  35. Bobby D

    Wow, I wondered when I looked down in the shower this morning I noticed I had grown to about 9 inches! Get ready honey for a fun night! Love a good solar flare!

    March 8, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
    • david

      haha same here

      March 8, 2012 at 12:07 pm |
  36. Joink

    George Bush strike again.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
    • Tim

      Sorry, wrong page, nobody is interested in buying your political drivel here

      March 8, 2012 at 12:07 pm |
      • The Finn

        I'm pretty sure that was a joke. Everyone just calm down.

        March 8, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
  37. Hitechyman

    Somewhat at lost here, but according to all the other comments – who cares!! If radiation travels at (or near) the speed of light, then why in the heck has it taken two (2) days for the stuff to get here. Beats me. But , yep, real strong electromagnetic energy can effect the way some electronic things behave – even a thumb drive.....

    March 8, 2012 at 11:59 am |
    • ItsAMirage

      dude its 2012!!! We are going to die!! Zombies are coming!!!

      March 8, 2012 at 12:04 pm |
      • noway!

        dam right man and i cant wait to kill me some zombies and have a great time while doing so! XD

        March 8, 2012 at 12:07 pm |
      • lefty avenger

        Don't know if this is related to the Satellite probe that recently returned from Venus bearing high signs of radiation?

        March 8, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
      • bobo

        i woke up dead this morning

        March 8, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
    • Louis

      Who said that radiation travels at the speed of light? Radiation travels at all different speeds. For reference, the light from the sun takes 8 mins to get to earth.

      March 8, 2012 at 12:07 pm |
    • SkiOne

      I don't believe the radiation is traveling the speed of light. Something with that mass traveling that fast might do serious damage

      March 8, 2012 at 12:08 pm |
      • Aninda

        Electromagnetic radiation travels at the speed of light -.- Talk about a stupid comment.

        March 8, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
    • Lee S

      Way to generalize. Radiation just means energy. You have to be more specific. Way to blow the lid on how much you know.

      March 8, 2012 at 12:13 pm |
    • Bob

      The radiation that causes the effects is in the form of charged particles that take a few days to reach Earth (the "mass" in the "coronal mass ejection")

      March 8, 2012 at 12:15 pm |
  38. noway!

    so what happens if there is a zombie epedemic made by the gov. for population controll for 2012?haha i think that be rather awsome then some stupid solar flares to end it all.and 2012 is like 2000 and guess what happend?....nothing!things may get worse and time will tell when 21st dec 2012 comes just be ready with a plan everyone lol all im going to say

    March 8, 2012 at 11:57 am |
  39. Chicken Parm

    Another solution is to hide under your bed from all scary things.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:56 am |
    • Cedar Rapids

      No room, the bogey man is already under there.

      March 8, 2012 at 11:58 am |
      • me

        And the closet is out too because of that darned evil monkey!

        March 8, 2012 at 6:38 pm |
  40. gix

    Oh no's run for the hillz!

    March 8, 2012 at 11:54 am |
  41. ray

    You're all fading in and out.....yeah ....I got...sunspot.....
    Get your ass to mars your ass to you Benny......

    March 8, 2012 at 11:54 am |
  42. Codie

    I hope it blocks the cellphone signals for a while.....we all need to stop messing with out phones and what not and look at the big pictures in life!!!

    March 8, 2012 at 11:53 am |
    • Hayden

      Yeah...knock out cell phone signals so that when some one is having an emergency they wont be able to get ahold of anyone for help. DO you have any idea how many phone calls or texts from cell phones have saved lives?

      Might want to rethink you're statements because this obviously was an ignorant one.

      March 8, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
  43. ur mom

    hi ivan

    March 8, 2012 at 11:51 am |
  44. packer

    Yesterday, I had to restart my cell phone cause I wasn't getting phone calls to go through, and the strangest thing this morning here in California at about 5 am, the 50 inch widescreen TV was on when I woke up for a sip of water. No, it wasn't a dream, I had to fumble for the remote to shut it off.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:50 am |
    • Lee S

      You obviously have a poltergeist.

      March 8, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
      • Lucifer

        Zombies, Poltergeists, coronal mass ejaculations. . .ahhh I love it

        March 8, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
    • Fox90

      Your tv is watching you.

      March 8, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
  45. your fat mom

    i farted

    March 8, 2012 at 11:45 am |
    • macs

      Okay, thanks for the update...

      March 8, 2012 at 12:50 pm |
  46. your fat mom

    hi eric

    March 8, 2012 at 11:42 am |
  47. ur mom

    the sun is gone fall and kill us all soon.=)

    March 8, 2012 at 11:41 am |
  48. francis

    one solution to save your gadgets appliance etc.. is to bury them

    March 8, 2012 at 11:34 am |
    • Tim

      or just give them all to me......I will sacrifice and assume the risk

      March 8, 2012 at 11:38 am |
    • john

      Ummm.... no . That would be your head that needs to be buried .

      March 8, 2012 at 11:41 am |
    • JeramieH

      The sun is belching out CME's bigger than Earth, and you think a few inches of topsoil are going to protect anything?

      March 8, 2012 at 12:00 pm |
    • marty

      Another solution is to do nothing. This sill not damage anything. At the worst it might limit the range of some radio signals and push some power lines that are near their limits into a brief shutdown. 99.9% of the population wont even notice these. After the storm is over all will be back to normal. Lightning storms cause more disruption.

      March 8, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
  49. The Sun

    Sorry. This is sooo awkward; I'm so sorry.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:33 am |
    • Earth

      Haha! Dude, NICE one.

      March 8, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
      • Pluto

        Whats happening??? I cant see from back here

        March 8, 2012 at 7:09 pm |
  50. ivan

    im doing this on a curent event

    March 8, 2012 at 11:32 am |
    • david

      SO am i!

      March 8, 2012 at 12:05 pm |
  51. headache

    sure hope a gigantic solar radiation hits earth and stalls everything and makes everyone a hippie again

    March 8, 2012 at 11:30 am |
    • Tim

      just imagine what it will do to all the w$$d under cultivation

      March 8, 2012 at 11:39 am |
    • Lee S

      Its going to knock us back to Haight and Ashbury 1969? Thats when hippies thrived. Now they are just a bunch of wookie hypocrites.

      March 8, 2012 at 12:16 pm |
  52. dreamer96

    So does this heat up the Earth's core or quicken the chance of a polar magnetic flip???
    As bad as the 2012 movie was...and it was really was based on the Earths core heating up and the Earth's magnetic poles flipping...and that was going to cause us all to repelled by the Earth...that is the funny part..

    March 8, 2012 at 11:28 am |
    • Mike

      It takes Earth's magnetic poles tens of thousands of years to flip. I wouldn't worry about it.

      March 8, 2012 at 11:36 am |
      • Thinker...

        And even when they do we aren't going to be repelled. Magnetics and Gravity are not the same!

        March 8, 2012 at 11:54 am |
      • Charles

        Doesn't take tens of thousands of years, if I am not mistaken it flipped 600 years ago, or was that 6000? Either way, not tens of thousands, you can look at how the particles in the earths crust are aligned to see when the flips have occurred.

        March 8, 2012 at 11:56 am |
      • dreamer96

        Yes the sea floor crust has ribbons of crust where the magnetic poles have flipped, or reversed polarity...last one was 9,000 years ago, on average they flip every 250,000 years...but what is even more interesting is it has disappeared all together at times...which makes no sense to me since the earth's core is always spinning....unless the core spins in different directions..cancelling out each other...

        March 8, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
      • Lucifer

        Wrong gremlin. . .the shifts happen every 500,000 years. . the last one was approximately 780,000 years ago so your earth is overdue. . .alas my time is near yeiiii

        March 8, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
    • Tim

      No, a polar flip occurs when we get too many people in one hemisphere and cause an imbalance. For the sake of the world, I am putting off my trip to Argentina

      March 8, 2012 at 11:53 am |
  53. Tim

    This story gives me a headache

    March 8, 2012 at 11:26 am |
    • Not Stupid.

      Gotta be the radiation.

      March 8, 2012 at 11:29 am |
  54. Dave

    "Its rainin Sun, Hallelujah! – It's Raining Sun! Amen!
    I'm gonna go out to run and if I can,
    Get Absolutely super-tan!!
    It's Raining Sun! Yeah!"

    March 8, 2012 at 11:25 am |
  55. sielingfan

    Solar radiation expected to peak over the next year - but the Mayans could've told you that.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:23 am |
    • DeeNYC

      Too bad they didn't know they were going to be annihilated by the Spanish army. Maybe it's just me but I normally don't hold stock to any predictions from a dead civilization

      March 8, 2012 at 12:32 pm |
  56. Dixie Normous

    YES!!! hope we all get super powers and radioactive enlarged genitals!!

    March 8, 2012 at 11:21 am |
    • Not Stupid.

      Sounds like testicular cancer. Not good.

      March 8, 2012 at 11:24 am |
    • DPatriot

      Hahahahahaha.........hey , I just found a third ball :0

      March 8, 2012 at 11:42 am |
    • Citizen Kane

      If we all got enlarged genitals, it isn't helpful to anyone. Ratios would still be the same. Therefore, I hope it's just me.

      March 8, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
  57. Wakowako

    most people making fun dis news instead of gving thanks to God who creat d entirly creation and praying for a granted but sad to say 99% here ignore to pray. 7:^)

    March 8, 2012 at 11:19 am |
    • Rex Riley

      You talk pretty one day.

      March 8, 2012 at 11:22 am |
    • Not Stupid.


      March 8, 2012 at 11:22 am |
    • Milky Pirate

      English, do you speak it?!



      March 8, 2012 at 11:25 am |
    • no

      most people be make fun you communt cus it soo unbeeevable stoopid and sad to say you are a totel ideeut.

      March 8, 2012 at 11:28 am |
    • J

      Ignore these folks who are dispoaying a typical middle-school mentality. They ignore what you say and focus on surface flaws and spelling errors.

      How typically Amuuuuurrican!

      March 8, 2012 at 11:39 am |
      • no

        Ignore J, who is dispoaying a typical and equallee stoopid mentality. They ignore what you say and focus on how idiotic it is.

        How typically dum!

        March 8, 2012 at 11:56 am |
    • neveragain

      Pray hard! Maybe Gaia will help you with your grammar and spelling!

      March 8, 2012 at 11:56 am |
    • Lee S

      I wonder if wakowako has room in his cooler for all the fish he just trolled?

      March 8, 2012 at 12:18 pm |
    • DeeNYC

      Maybe you should focus on praying for a brain.

      March 8, 2012 at 12:33 pm |
  58. Jim970

    Anything for "disaster" news. This solar cycle is on track to be the mildest in 100 years, yet the media portrays it as a world ending disaster. Get a grip.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:19 am |
    • Bob

      Shh! You're ruining all the fun with your logic and common sense... and facts. 🙂

      March 8, 2012 at 11:29 am |
    • Charles

      We didn't have equipment 100+ years ago to record the various strengths of solar storms, and with peaks occurring every ~11 years, we have only been through a few actual cycles that we have really observed with "modern" equipment, which means we can not really predict the strength of an entire season.

      March 8, 2012 at 11:59 am |
  59. Lippy the liperation of lippers

    So cool.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:19 am |
  60. Carm

    Run for you lives! Head for the hills!

    March 8, 2012 at 11:18 am |
  61. Paul

    Good thing I put on my Coppertone this morning. Only SPF 15 though.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:17 am |
  62. bails

    Well all I want to know is FOR SURE if the world is going to end on Dec 21st cause I don't want to do all that Christmas stuff unnecessarily. And I want to max out my credit cards. But not on Christmas stuff.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:16 am |
    • melvinslizard

      You heard that Snookie from Jersey Shore is prego, right? But, did you hear that her child's due date is 12/21/12? That's right, Snookie's kid's due date COINCIDES WITH the date the Mayan calendar says the world will end.

      Coincidence? I dunno.... but I'm skeered

      March 8, 2012 at 11:20 am |
      • DPatriot

        It will be the sookiechrist aka antichrist :0

        March 8, 2012 at 11:43 am |
      • Snooki Baby

        You all don't have to worry. I'm not popping out until the last week of August 2012. No where near the Dec. 21 farce.

        March 8, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
    • ballsout

      when it hits, i amma let my jewels hang OUT and see if it grows with radiation

      March 8, 2012 at 11:23 am |
      • Mayan King

        Nope. Poof! Burnt off. That'll impress the ladies.

        March 8, 2012 at 11:41 am |
  63. Jazzy

    The world will not end, Our world is going to end when we die not before.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:16 am |
    • Not Stupid.

      Umm, ok.

      March 8, 2012 at 11:26 am |
    • Tim

      It will when I break it over my knee......sorry, too many steriods in my cereal this morning

      March 8, 2012 at 11:29 am |
    • Mayan King

      Narcissisitic are we?

      March 8, 2012 at 11:42 am |
    • "Sotia."

      Thank you Jazzy, thanks, it helps those on the verge of madness...

      March 8, 2012 at 11:59 am |
    • "Sotia."

      If one changes 'worlds' often, faintly aware of it until it's already done, is there something to look into, to prevent something horrible?

      March 8, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
    • RealityBetraysUs

      Sad but true the bible warns us to be diligent and to count or number our days, for we know not when our individual lives will end. Each of us came into to the world by ourselves (unless you were a twin), and each of =us will leave the same way. I hope and pray that each of you get right with God before you die so that you may inherit eternal life through Jesus Christ and live with him eternally in Heaven. This will not happen if you wait too long and death comes to you before you are even expecting it. How many famous people have died this way and did not get right with God before their time came? Something to think about. The bible says today and now is the time for salvation, do not put it off...

      March 9, 2012 at 12:35 am |

    Atoms are very structured, they know what they are doing.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:15 am |
  65. Chitown Jason

    I'm a pervert. I read this and thought that this was the equivalent of the sun giving the earth a "money shot"...

    March 8, 2012 at 11:10 am |
    • Carm


      March 8, 2012 at 11:19 am |
    • lmao

      you just made my day, thank you

      March 8, 2012 at 11:20 am |
    • im echo

      that's the funniest thing i've read all week

      March 8, 2012 at 11:30 am |
    • Snooki Baby

      That's how those two broads should have described it. Not with something as disgusting as bad breath and loogies, but with something beautiful that we can all understand..."The Money Shot".

      March 8, 2012 at 12:07 pm |
  66. DKA

    For those going on about how the sky is falling and so forth, please realize that this is just an informative article, not something designed to induce panic. They're saying it /may/ interfere with some things, not that every electronic device is going to fry and we're all going to revert back to some magic pre-digital age moment in time. Just expect that there may be issues, and if there are, so be it. If there aren't? Great. Have a nice day, either way.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:09 am |
    • Not Stupid.

      Oh, yeah? What if it disrupts the satellites and my GPS won't work and I get lost and end up in a bad neighborhood? That could be a catastrophe.

      March 8, 2012 at 11:28 am |
      • Crow

        Why do reports of interesting natural phenomena always bring out the Comedy Central crowd?

        March 8, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
      • DKA

        Easy, buy a map.

        March 8, 2012 at 10:36 pm |
    • "Sotia."


      March 8, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
      • DKA

        I'll take that under consideration, thank you.

        March 8, 2012 at 10:35 pm |
  67. thatguythere

    i find it hilarious that people are bring up mayan prophecies and end of the world scenarios. solar storms hit the earth regularly, this is just the peak of the 11 year long cycle. it's like saying "OMG we're all going to die", because it's snowing in winter, or snowed a little more this year that a few years ago. Just like snow, solar storms have been hitting earth for thousands of years. it won't harm any personal electronics, it will only disrupt wireless transmissions, because they use electromagnetic/radio waves, which is what's being sent out. It's like turning on a vacuum cleaner or blender while listening to the radio.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:07 am |
    • melvinslizard

      We ARE all going to die. And it has very little to do with your coronal mass ejections of snow storms. But it's a lock, go ahead and double down 'cuz it's a sure thing.

      March 8, 2012 at 11:17 am |
      • Thinker...

        Nope. Not gonna die. I decided that this morning.

        March 8, 2012 at 11:52 am |
  68. streetheat

    What do I care about solar radiation anyway? Oh wait! I just grew 6 inches and now have 4 thumbs!

    March 8, 2012 at 11:06 am |
    • Mr. Bean

      *If you know what I mean*

      March 8, 2012 at 11:12 am |
  69. Denise

    As far south as Oregon and Illinois? Ok, as far as I know, Oregon is NO WHERE NEAR Illinois.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:05 am |
    • Denise

      Also, with the "Solar Flair" that they have on the screen.... Who is that Ric Flair's sister? LOL

      March 8, 2012 at 11:08 am |
    • Justin

      Um, how about a line from Oregon To Illinois? If you look at a globe, Norther Illinois is not that far south of southern Oregon

      March 8, 2012 at 11:09 am |
      • Denise

        I agree with that, I live in central Illinois, and the central Wisconsin is about the same line as Oregon. They worded this poorly, making it sound like Illinois and Oregon are right next door to each other. I have even once seen a brochure for tourism, that talked about the scenic Illinois and Ohio border. We are two states over from Ohio. LOL we dont border them, Indiana does.

        March 8, 2012 at 11:16 am |
    • John

      This is why women belong in the kitchen, not on the internet discussing geography or science.

      March 8, 2012 at 11:42 am |
      • DPatriot


        March 8, 2012 at 11:45 am |
    • smac

      Denise, The earth is actually curved. You will not fall off if you walk from illinois to oregon

      March 8, 2012 at 12:12 pm |
  70. rob

    somehow this woman managed to distill something amazing and exciting into something boring... way to take the excitement out of science, wouldn't want to inspire any children by making it as exciting as it is.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:04 am |
  71. Glades2

    It should make people feel pretty tiny when you really think about it – imagine the "storm" travels at 4 million miles per hour (almost as fast as some South Florida drivers)...

    Interestingly enough, last evening after hearing about this event our local power went out for several minutes, and I first reaction was "I didn't think it was to arrive this soon"...

    It was likely due to sea salt on the power lines and yesterday's rainy weather (both not unusual down here), but it did make me think...

    March 8, 2012 at 11:04 am |
  72. Coopstar

    I love how the video states we're getting hit by the "biggest solar FLAIR in years". LOL

    March 8, 2012 at 11:03 am |
  73. Randy

    The world will not end until Madonna says it will! She is just giving us a few extra "Ray's of Light" right now...relax!

    March 8, 2012 at 11:03 am |
  74. Doug

    its cool for spying, and maybe sporting events. we have larger maned ones but the goverment will just denigh it. its brings the question of privetcy in to play doesn't it?what would be an invasion of it what could you see or not see leagley? as a toy its very coolasa device to spy on people its kind of scary

    March 8, 2012 at 11:03 am |
    • Doug

      wrong post , solor storms are dangerious was talking about about new vidio gathering craft being used in orginal post my bad

      March 8, 2012 at 11:07 am |
  75. dugby9

    This is just the tip of the iceberg. More of these storms will be blanketing our favorite planet, leading up to one great denouement. Don't forget, boys, run up those credit cards, test the limits of legal behavior in your local jurisdiction, tell your wife what you REALLY think- it will get washed away in one final flash of bright light.

    So, the equipment required for the party will be sunglasses (the Hoffmann lenses you now use to detect who is an alien), and then flashlights, so we can tell whose beer is whose, even when the electrical grid fails and all hell breaks loose. I can hardly wait.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:02 am |

    I'll be careful to not let this storm ruin my studio, but I think it would be funny if every lame cell phone died for good, and we could all go back to at least talking not texting:)

    March 8, 2012 at 10:59 am |
  77. Robert J Gimbi Jr

    Doesn't matter, maybe we all need a wake up call. The world is ending in Dec. 2012, enjoy the year!!!.:0

    March 8, 2012 at 10:57 am |
    • Alden

      You know the mayan calander did not acount for the leap years. So by there calander Dec, 2012 has come and gone a while back.

      March 8, 2012 at 7:00 pm |
  78. criz micheal

    Everyday new story, well is jst gonna be pain for electronics to stop jst like that, if what they re saying is true they should let d pple knw because this is not d first time we re hearing this.....

    March 8, 2012 at 10:56 am |

    All I can say is what kind of a name is Madhulika. Try saying that in bed while you're banging her.

    March 8, 2012 at 10:56 am |
  80. Chicken Little

    The sky is falling!!!! The sky is falling!!!!!

    March 8, 2012 at 10:56 am |
  81. Steve Jobs

    This solar storm will only damage Apple electronics, all other will be OK. No worries, the new iPad is out today!

    March 8, 2012 at 10:55 am |
  82. Lobrid

    I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it will fry the electronics in the Priuses and Leafs that congest our roads these days. With any luck I should be able to get home more quickly this evening.

    March 8, 2012 at 10:55 am |
    • Kman

      SMH. REALLY? 98% of the vehicles on the road have "electronics", including semi-trucks, that dictate whether they even turn over. Batteries are not the same as electronics and the Prius can run w/o a battery...also the Insight. They'll just run slower. So an even worse day for you buddy.

      March 8, 2012 at 11:46 am |
      • Lobrid

        KMan – apologies for not putting :SARCASM in the post so you could better understand it

        March 8, 2012 at 6:06 pm |
  83. Mr. Collin

    No my friend, all of our gadgets and cell phones and such will blow up, and we'll have to buy new ones. That's how the country operates, you must consume!! LOL

    March 8, 2012 at 10:52 am |
  84. Hasher Iva

    I think I'll just turn my cell phone, computer and TV off and talk face to face with my GF.

    March 8, 2012 at 10:50 am |
    • oreo1082

      i think you mean face to palm

      March 8, 2012 at 10:58 am |
  85. Cynthia

    Oh relax the worlds been ending since it began! Geez!

    March 8, 2012 at 10:44 am |
    • Hades

      Lol Nice.

      March 8, 2012 at 11:19 am |
  86. francis

    all of your gadgets,tv cellphone will be blown up and it cannot be repair,and you will need is to buy new.(worldwide catastrophe is very near)

    March 8, 2012 at 10:40 am |
    • Sgt. Hulka

      Lighten up Francis

      March 8, 2012 at 10:54 am |
      • good one


        March 8, 2012 at 11:00 am |
  87. ccks

    What we need is a storm like the one in 1859, which was extreme. The Auroras were visible as far south as the Caribbean. Now THAT would knock out alot of electronics!

    March 8, 2012 at 10:36 am |
    • Steve

      Wouldn't that be an interesting thing to see in today's world. What would we do?

      March 8, 2012 at 10:51 am |
    • Mabel

      Wait til it clears up; it's all cloudy today. I want to actually see the auroras. Just don't knock out mah intertubes.....

      March 8, 2012 at 11:48 am |
    • Matt

      No more yappy cell phone users! I'm all for it!

      March 8, 2012 at 12:23 pm |

    It's like I always say..."We're all gunna die!"

    March 8, 2012 at 10:35 am |
  89. richard

    Gov. Palin: "we are being punished for the condom machine in the Texaco station men's room"

    March 8, 2012 at 10:31 am |

      Richard, You have MY vote! Very funny!

      March 8, 2012 at 10:58 am |
  90. Dave

    this is creepy. The mayan prophecies maybe coming true. The advice is stay strong, don't be afraid, and never fear what will happen.

    March 8, 2012 at 10:31 am |
    • Observer

      The Mayans didn't take leap year into account. The world should have ended quite a while ago if their prediction had been true.

      They also thought humans were made of corn. Take that into account when trying to take one of their "prophecies" seriously.

      March 8, 2012 at 10:38 am |
      • Nemo

        Most of our carbon in our bodies comes from high fructose corn syrup now?! =)

        March 8, 2012 at 10:42 am |
      • Reson & Logic

        Right on! People have to put things into perspective. Also, the Mayans never predicted the end of the world, their calendar predicted a new phase of human existence which is coming true based upon people's new-found interest in Eastern religions, Native American culture, theories about other dimensions, etc.

        March 8, 2012 at 10:46 am |
      • Mi Poo

        They were right on the corn thing. It would explain the behavior of quite a few people.

        March 8, 2012 at 10:47 am |
      • FranklinBeans

        Mayan Calendar: 1 year = 365.22 days
        Atomic Calendar: 1 year = 365.20 days (with +/- 0.04 margin of error)
        Mayan calendar did account for "leap year" and is potentially more accurate than our atomic clock based calendar.

        March 8, 2012 at 10:47 am |
      • Mike

        Oh no, you're one of those people that believe everything they read on the internet/facebook. The Mayan calendar is based on a counting system, not on specific dates and months like the Georgian calendar, which is the only calendar with 'leap years'. The Dec 12, 2012 date comes from correlating the count from the Mayan calendar to the dates of the Georgian calendar.

        March 8, 2012 at 10:53 am |
      • subhra645

        Dude u made my day LMAO

        March 8, 2012 at 10:55 am |
      • Lobrid

        @Mike, it was the Gregorian Calendar, named after the Roman Pope Gregory. The Georgians were the people who lived in (i) Georgia or (ii) in England during the reign of King George.

        March 8, 2012 at 10:59 am |
      • Quetzal785

        LMAO .... that was hilarious .. i think i may of heard that in a joke once before but I see what you are saying.

        March 8, 2012 at 11:00 am |
      • Kenny of Salt

        Since I have Scottish heritage, am I made of oatmeal and whiskey? Yes, I am!

        March 8, 2012 at 11:01 am |
      • good one

        Thanks for pointing that out lobrid I was gonna point it out but you did a fine job

        March 8, 2012 at 11:04 am |
      • stopthenonsense

        If the Mayans were so smart, why didn't they invent toilet paper?

        March 8, 2012 at 11:32 am |
    • shabrice

      im so scared now wat if its true

      March 8, 2012 at 10:54 am |
      • Paul

        Fear not...It will only damage grammatical skills, and you have nothing left worth saving.....

        March 8, 2012 at 11:09 am |
    • markishere

      The Mayans believed in fairy tale nonsense, and they no longer exist, so this entire opinion is mute and laughable.

      March 8, 2012 at 11:13 am |
      • RealityBetraysUs

        The mayans did discover that the human intestinal tract is the longest organ in the body designed to quickly absorb nutients , drugs, elements from our food. perhaps this is why they gave alcohol "enimas" to produce a intoxicated state quickly because they found out that drugs are quickly absorbed by the intestines versus the typical method of injesting it through the mouth, and stomach. Yes I agree if you are going to confuse the two ports of entry you would think that they would have invented toilet paper.

        March 9, 2012 at 12:57 am |
  91. Jeff

    Sometimes I wonder if CNN has proofreaders. One paragraph says "high-frequency radio transmissions" and the next says "low-frequency radio communications." I don't know if transmissions and communications refer to two different things and I'm just not getting that but as an average Joe this reads to be a contradiction.

    March 8, 2012 at 10:28 am |
    • becauseican

      It's not a contradiction.

      March 8, 2012 at 10:34 am |
    • canuk100

      Its a cause and effect kinda of thing... first high freq radio used by the sat sys is hit in the upper atmosphere... then the mag charge builds affecting power lines that work like antennae and the low freq radio systems used below the ionosphere.. no contradiction...

      March 8, 2012 at 10:43 am |
    • dk

      Did they outsource journalism to China as well?

      March 8, 2012 at 7:02 pm |
  92. Khadija

    Yes, it is gona effect cell phones infact all regions!!

    March 8, 2012 at 10:26 am |
  93. jill

    Maybe it will be like an electric shock system so people can stop being such azzholes.

    March 8, 2012 at 10:25 am |
  94. Rod in Dallas TX

    So does this mean my computer at work may go down and I can go home?

    March 8, 2012 at 10:22 am |
    • MMiller in Southern Pines NC

      Yeah!!! Rod!!! now your talking

      March 8, 2012 at 10:37 am |
  95. dylan

    will it hurt cell phones

    March 8, 2012 at 10:21 am |
    • richard

      whatever the damage, it is Obama's fault, of course; coming from the blabber of Teapartiers, Flat Earth Society and evolution -is- a- conspiracy bible thumpers

      March 8, 2012 at 10:27 am |
      • Timodeus

        Are these the same people who said hurricane Katrina was Bush's fault? Idiots grow on both sides of the tree.

        March 8, 2012 at 10:41 am |
      • LKS

        That's ok, he'll just blame Bush, I'm sure he inherited the solar flare

        March 8, 2012 at 11:07 am |
  96. douglasinaustin

    They finally got a scientist who knows what she's talking about. But the CNN woman sounds like a 6th grader.

    March 8, 2012 at 10:20 am |
  97. MikeForNewYawk

    This is a test run for the bigger ones to come!

    March 8, 2012 at 10:20 am |
  98. hippypoet

    it has to happen sometime 🙂 why not now.

    March 8, 2012 at 10:17 am |
  99. BioHzrd420

    The Doomsday preppers are totally "bugging out" right now.

    March 8, 2012 at 10:14 am |
    • Money

      So, it is explained in this article, there was a solar storm five years ago that was stronger. We are still here, why would you think the world is going to end from this? We've already witnessed storms much stronger.

      March 8, 2012 at 10:24 am |
      • Nemo

        I think he means the people who will freak out over this 'small' one will use it as prediction for even stronger ones in the future. Yes, the one 5 years was strong and we made it, but nothing stopping a stronger blast of particles, which could 'spell' the end of humanity, etc, etc.

        Not sure what to think if that scenario does happen, I am sure there will be plenty of freaking out to pass around if it does. Just need to keep a level mind, and realise we're just a small pale blue dot in space and humans are not all that important as we would like to think.

        March 8, 2012 at 10:33 am |
      • Crow

        We may be still here but the last system of this magnitude shut down the power grid and left tens thousand of people without electricity. There is also an a long term increase of potentially fatal cancers for those that are flying or living on the tops of mountains.

        March 8, 2012 at 12:35 pm |
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