Solar Storm

A solar storm is defined as solar flares and other related eruptions from the sun that blast energy and energy-charged material through interplanetary space at more than 600,000 miles per hour. As this energy impact the earth’s protective upper atmosphere, magnetic storms are produced that affect our climate and occasionally result in temporary damages to some or our most critical technological systems. Solar storms can impact the power grid, communications systems, impact satellites and with that navigation systems depending on accurate satellite information.

In March of 1989 a powerful solar storm caused widespread power disruptions in the northeastern United States.