NASA forecasts that in September 2012, there will be outbreaks of unprecedented power. We can expect huge solar flares that can have serious
effect world-wide. Commenting on the study of the dangers of "space weather", astrophysicist Daniel Baker claimed that the effects will be comparable
to a nuclear war or the fall of a giant asteroid.
However, in terms of power grids and satellites, it's not the flares that the experts have to worry about, but the CMEs. There is a risk that one
day, they can wipe out all of our electronic civilization. Solar storms can disrupt communication, and navigational equipment, damage satellites, and
even cause blackouts by damaging power plants and electrical grid components. They can also bring additional radiation around the north and south
poles; and this, in turn forces airlines to reroute their flights. According to a report published by NERC, the North American Electric Reliability
Corporation, or NERC, which oversees North America's power grid we can feel the effects for several years to come. "Historically large storms have a
potential to cause power grid blackouts and transformer damage of unprecedented proportions, long-term blackouts and lengthy restoration times, and
chronic shortages for multiple years are possible," the report said.
Due to my lack of knowledge, I will hold my tongue as to what I believe is happening. With that said, something is happening. Cliche as it is, we live
in interesting times.
I'll definitely be keeping track of this one. Thanks OP.
EDIT: Forgot to add, the above quotes are from the main article OP linked, just to clarify.
edit on 10-8-2012 by RomeByFire because: (no reason