What can you expect when solar and geomagnetic storms happen? Storm intensity can vary from having just a beautiful show of Aurora borealis lights to slight radio disturbances, interference with signals, navigation, and GPS, to even more damaging impacts such as power surges or power failure and satellite damage. Below are links to preparedness tips, videos and monitoring sites for solar events.
There are many elements to solar alerts, the three primary are as follows. What does it mean? To understand NOAA scales (S1, R1 and G1) , read more here.
- Solar Radiation storm – S1 through S5 (10 minor, 10.2 moderate, 10.3 strong, 10.4 severe)
- Radio Storm – R1 through R5 (M1 Minor, M5 Moderate, X1 Strong, X10 Severe)
- Geomagnetic Storm – G1 through G5 (K5 Minor, K6 Moderate, K7 Strong)
View the NOAA Emergency Management Dashboard here
Hazards & Preparedness (PDF)