Thursday, March 8, 2012

Solar Storms?

If this solar storm really does hit, most of my readers won’t be reading this blog post.

My guess is that most of you are still here -this time. It’s just a matter of time before we have a big enough storm to seriously shut down a good bit of our technology.

I actually took a few precautions for this event. Had I been home in in NH, I wouldn’t have to do anything at all. Independent power, water, septic, and food storage is normal everyday life there. At my dad’s trailer park, it’s different. Everything is on the grid here.

I pulled all the water jugs off my sailboat, refilled them, they stored them in my dad’s sun room. While on the boat, we gathered up all our storable food and brought them to the trailer. The vehicles are fueled up. Even my camp stove is full and ready to go. If the grid goes down, few stations will be able to pump gas.

One of the big things that happen when the grid goes down is that nobody knows what’s going on. So that doesn’t happen, I’ve a short wave radio stored in a metal ammo can. That should keep most of the EMP out.

With any luck, this is only a drill, but one never knows when disaster will strike.



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  2. It is going to hit at 1 am to 5 am, so the storm would be getting a very glancing blow on the East Coast of the United States at best (worst).

    Solar storms are one of the few natural disasters (beside pandemics) that our main stream scientists seem to actually pay attention to.

  3. Thanks for the heads up! This is a good reminder to keep up with such things, as the worst has already passed.

    As soon as I saw "the worst in 5 years", I wasn't worried. Had it been 25 years I would have been concerned, and 100 would have set me into panic mode.

    I hope I do get to see some Northern Lights tonight. It looks like it might be overcast, though.

  4. I doubt that any solar storm would affect Florida. The closer to the poles you are the higher the danger. And of course satellites are in danger and people on the space station.

  5. WE unplugged sensitive things last night and had plenty of water in 5 gallon carboys.

    But nary a flash of aurora my disappointment; I mean if it is going to screw things up, could I at least get a show?

  6. russell: the threat looks.

    John: I looked at this little bit as more of a drill than a big threat. Doesn't hurt to have preps handy.

    Dizzy: While northern latitudes have more danger, grid problems can cascade. Of course, TX has its own grid.

    Labrys; a bit precaution never hurts. I do like the pretty lights when home in NH.

  7. The radio went a bit wonky this morning as I was driving up to Ron Paul country (Lake Jackson, TX), but otherwise no ill effects. I did bring my BOB with me for the trip, just in case...