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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 16, 2011, 11:18 P.M.

It’s coming! It’s coming!


Good evening, Netizens...


If you are somewhat paranoid, prone to ethereal blasts of half-baked fantasy or otherwise have been following some of the believers in latter-day theorists, perhaps you might want to don your tinfoil aluminum hats and dive into your custom-built underground shelter because a solar storm has been reported by the National Space Weather Prediction Center which, if predictions are correct, might arrive on Earth sometime beginning the 16th through the 18th.


After the initial blast of radiation accompanying the coronal mass ejection (CME) — the first of its magnitude to occur in the new solar cycle of activity — a huge cloud of charged particles is headed toward Earth and is expected possible to wreck mild-mannered havoc with high frequency communications. Among the many potential disasters that can come from a massive CME: disturbances in the planet’s geomagnetic field that may lead to malfunctioning telecom and GPS satellite equipment. However, the current CME does not appear to be that serious, although there are already reports of radio disruptions in Southern China.


What we may see here locally are some of the finest aurora borealis or Northern Lights that we have seen since 2006. Or perhaps, if you are among those blessed with a more vivid imagination, perhaps we will discover President Obama's true solution for our national budget. Your results, may differ.



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