An unusual sequence of five consecutive solar storms will result in disrupted radio transmissions and possible effects on power systems, according to NASA’s Spaceweather.com. However, this storm does not carry radioactive particles, and air travelers and astronauts are not at risk.
“We’ve got five different opportunities to get hammered,” commented Bill Murtaugh, a forecaster for the Space Environment Center in Boulder, CO. The extended nature of this storm is likely to cause more disruption than a single, stronger storm. Larry Combs, also from the Space Environment Center, explained that “the longer this stuff affects a system, the harder it is on that system.”