Space Weather: Intense Solar Storm elevates Risk Score
The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) Space Weather Prediction Center has forecasted an intense geomagnetic storm pulse will reach Earth today and Friday.
In conjunction with the UK’s MetOffice, NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center is making all possible efforts to reduce the solar flare impact on Earth; Stormpulse has consequently elevated the risk index score and notified affected customers via its automated notification and reporting system.
Said solar storm will affect launch schedules, information-communication-technologies (ICT), power grids and GPS accuracy.
According to a senior representative with NOAA, ”Solar flares can disrupt power grids, interfere with high-frequency airline and military communications, disrupt Global Positioning System (GPS) signals, interrupt civilian communications, and blanket the Earth’s upper atmosphere with hazardous radiation.”
NASA has confirmed the launch of an unmanned resupply cargo rocket to the International Space Station has been rescheduled until the risk threat returns to normal. Additionally, some passenger jets and research aircraft have been diverted from the poles as an effort to avoid any human exposure and consequent health complications.
In the continental US, residents in Colorado, Kansas and Missouri may be witness to this phenomenon.
Since humans began traversing the universe—from cave dwellings to moon landings (and beyond)—every progressive step presents new opportunities, and with them, new risks.
Identifying, quantifying, and optimizing for past, present and future risk, then, is critical to ensuring people, property and purpose carry on.