Perhaps you’ve heard; a solar storm is on the way.
If much of the news coverage is to be believed, the coming solar storm is “massive” and could “cause power outages” because of “equinox cracks” that have appeared in Earth’s magnetic field, leaving us vulnerable.
But that’s not the full story.
In fact, at best, it’s a serious misunderstanding of the facts, and at worse, it’s a purposeful sensationalization of a pretty average solar event.
“This is just garbage, quite frankly,” Robert Rutledge, of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC), said of the coverage around this solar storm, in an interview. Rutledge went on to say that he’s unsure what “equinox cracks” are, and that the SWPC doesn’t use that term. …