Solar flares are here, everyone unplug your dryer!

Turns out we have exceptionally high solar activity right now, with a category 4 solar flair expected to impact the planet, potentially affecting satellite communications, electronics and power grids.

Of course, if history is any guide the news is absolutely over excited over this, at best those in the northern states may see pretty lights at night.  I was particularly amused this afternoon at a CNN weather person recommending you unplug your dryer just to be safe.  I mean, is that really the most important appliance in his house?  🤣

Also, kind of off topic, if you have binoculars or a telescope with the right solar filters you can catch a glimpse of the dark spots on the sun associated with this CME.  Amazing to imagine that it is about 15-16x wider than the earth. 


@cleeds ...👍 ...Agreed.  Mostly too lazy to thesaurus, I'll work on it...;)

@nonoise ...*laugh*  Touche'....🤷‍♂️...

....this is a bit 'straight' for me, but...

I'd hope not to be put into psychic prison of that sort....esp. if WE want to elect someone Very Different....😎

Towards a Better Me.... *clink*

When we moved from MD to WNC and had a new house built, we had the electrician install a whole house surge protector, which occupied two slots in the main panel.  We absolutely needed this sort of thing years ago in MD, when the underground cables were three plus decades old and failing.  The expense of adding this to our main panel was not much, well worth the investment.