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    http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/11/tech/i...html?hpt=hp_t2
    (CNN) -- This is not your usual weather forecast. Big storms are brewing. Your umbrella won't help, but you might want to keep a flashlight handy.

    These storms are coming from the sun. It's raining down a huge amount of radiation. We're safe, but it could affect power grids, radios and satellites.

    Experts say the combined energy from two recent solar events will arrive at Earth on September 13, prompting the Space Weather Prediction Center to issue a strong Geomagnetic Storm Watch.

    Whaat kind of watch? Basically, the sun is a giant ball of gas -- 92.1% hydrogen and 7.8% helium. Every now and then it spits out a giant burst of radiation called a coronal mass ejection, or CME.

    CMEs are sometimes associated with solar flares, the most explosive events in the solar system. The sun has released two CMEs in the past two days and both are linked to solar flares. NASA says the second flare is an X1.6 class, putting it in the most intense category.

    The energy from those two CMEs is heading toward Earth.

    Space weather experts aren't sure yet what this solar storm will do.

    "This is a pretty strong solar storm and we just won't know until it gets here" what it will do, said CNN Meteorologist Chad Meyers.

    Earth's atmosphere usually protects us humans, but you might want to keep a flashlight handy. Solar storms can knock out power, interfere with GPS and radio communications -- including those on commercial airliners -- and they can damage satellites.

    On March 13, 1989, a solar storm knocked out power for the entire province of Quebec for 12 hours. Power grids in the U.S. were impacted, but didn't have blackouts. NASA says some satellites tumbled out of control for hours during what's known as the Quebec Blackout. The Space Shuttle Discovery was in orbit at the time and had a mysterious sensor problem that went away after the storm, NASA says.

    On the upside, solar storms also create beautiful aurora. Aurora watchers in the northern U.S. should be watching the skies on Thursday and Friday nights.
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    A press release from the PUC says this may cause brown water problems-- in the east end that week

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    Nothing to worry about, there is diddly squat we can do but ride it out. After the last episode we have a couple of gen sets, a gross of those white 6 inch candles and lots of board games and an old fashioned charcoal BBQ. Bring it on!
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    I think it would be really neat.
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    Our magnetic field is what protects use, .... otherwise we would be space dust.
    Why are you hiding behind a username?

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    Maybe it will make winter go away....
    *crosses fingers*
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    I wouldn't want winter to go away.
    I wish we'd have winters more like when I was a kid instead of the pathetic winters we get now.
    I want my kids to see a 'real' Canadian winter!
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    Quote Originally Posted by FreeBeer View Post
    This past winter was pretty much like the winters of yesteryear, it was long, too long!, brutal cold, especially here by Superior, lots of snow and the frost went deeper into the ground and froze more things than I have ever heard of before.
    Was definitely more like a 'typical' winter, for sure!
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    Quote Originally Posted by dancingqueen View Post
    Maybe it will make winter go away....
    *crosses fingers*
    I'm with you DQ. I'm not nearly ready for another winter yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 8th View Post
    A press release from the PUC says this may cause brown water problems-- in the east end that week
    LOL...
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