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Originally posted by nikiano
Last year, we were all talking about those forecasts by scientists who said that the sun's activity in 2011-2012 could likely be just as strong or stronger than the sun-storms back from the 1800's,
Originally posted by croweboy
Theres not a whole lot to a transformer. Its basically just a bunch of wires and some sort of cooling agent (usually grease). Being that they're so simple, they usually wont spend a whole lot of time maintaining them. Its cheaper to allow it to fail, and then replace it. One wire with compromised insulating material would likely lead to an imminent issue. The cooling agent also occasionally fails.
I'm willing to bet that it's more about maintenance than Sun related. The US has allowed it's infrastructure to completely go downhill over the years.
So whats with the transformer blowups? Poor maintenance caused by lack of money?
Originally posted by Lionhearte
reply to post by juleol
I wouldn't say there wasn't any unusual activity. After all, a comet did slam into the sun preceding a CME, though they say that barely missed us.
Still, it's unusual. Especially since it's about to happen again in such a short time.