For the second time in a week, Earth’s waning magnetosphere has failed to deal with a weak ejection from the Sun. This is a sign of the times — a very disturbing one for those dependent on electrical infrastructure to survive (so 90% of the global population).
Once again, the so-called ‘experts’ had no idea that this was coming.
Or rather, they knew that a burst of solar wind was on its way, but expected the event to pass by unnoticed — they assumed our magnetic field could easily handle what was a weak coronal hole stream.
Coronal holes appear as dark areas in the solar corona. They look dark because they are cooler, less dense regions than the surrounding plasma and are regions of open, unipolar magnetic fields. The open configuration of the magnetic field in coronal holes allows particles to escape. These holes are sources of high speed solar wind streams, and when the particles from these streams hit Earth they can cause geomagnetic storms.
Yesterday evening, Earth found itself inside a stream of solar wind flowing at almost 600 km/s.
The wind originated from an equatorial hole in the Sun’s atmosphere:
Not a single official source suggested anything more than a KP 2 was going to be the result.
In reality, the KP hit level 5. The fact that this wind delivered such a powerful impact is of immense cause for concern.