Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Is this TRUE? Should we turn computers off? Please let us all know.

Beware of  this x-class solar flare that will arrive tonight, that if sufficiently strong could damage electronic devices. Take a day off from your computer.

---------- Forwarded Message ----------
Subject: Another Major Flare
Date: Wed, 07 Mar 2012 09:11:44 -0600

Space Weather News for March 7, 2012

SOLAR ACTIVITY: Big sunspot AR1429 has unleashed another major flare--an X5-class eruption on March 7th at 00:28 UT.   As a result of the blast, a radiation storm is underway and a CME will likely hit Earth's magnetic field in a day or so. Geomagnetic storms are already in progress at high latitudes due to earlier eruptions from the active sunspot.  Last night, auroras were spotted over several northern-tier US states including Michigan and Wisconsin.  Check for updates and images.


Ducky's here said...

I think you need to relax. z.

Let Van the Man explain it ...

Leticia said...

I am finding some information on the solar flares, but nothing to the magnitude you are describing. I'll keep researching.

Z said...

Ducky, I just got home from work and am too tired to watch whoever Van we worry or not?
I'm relaxed, thanks.

Leticia, thanks...Elbro just called and reminded me they've been talking about these sun things for a long time, but this sounded more problematic..and timely. thanks a lot.

-FJ said...

These were some big sunspots and the first time the cme's are aimed right at us... so who knows?

sue hanes said...

Z - Didja see the Full Moon tonight?

But I think that someone is just making that up to shut us Blogger down.

It does make one wonder - though.

Z said...

Sue, it's still light here :-)

I may just shut the computer off tonight...I don't always.
Just to be safe, I guess.??

Anonymous said...

"I may just shut the computer off tonight...I don't always.
Just to be safe, I guess.??"... from what Z?

We've been bombarded with so many of these flares....that you'd never notice them.

After's not "War of the Worlds".

Anonymous said...

BTW Z....all you need is a surge protector California with all those "Governor Brown outs" you should be used to them by now?

Bob said...

Z: Shutting the computer off will not help. Take your computer, unplug it, wrap it in aluminum foil, and place it in your microwave oven. That is the only truly shielded space in your home.

Actually, you can leave the foil wrap out of it. Come to think of it, with a really powerful CME, the microwave oven would be useless, too. You're screwed.

I am not worried about any of that. Being an Amateur Radio Operator, I pay attention to this stuff, and read this article.

Don't worry. I don't think this one will get your computer, TV, or other electrical appliance. I think it is supposed to be a near miss. The earth's magnetic field is protecting us from the worst of it.

Anonymous said...


Easy now owe me a keyboard! a wonderful, loving lady. Not all of us are as PC savvy as...well...some of us are, right?

But...your advice was a real pisser....and Z...not to be taken seriously.

Cause Bob may not realize that those who aren't MSCE's or PC geeks...or Mac freaks...mighty just have "valid" concerns about the safety of their micro wave ovens!!

Yes....the pulling for us. Amd most folks don't realize that this is why...we see the "Northern Lights" too.

Good stuff and spoof Bob.

Z said...

"surge protector"??

Bob...slow down next tim with the spoofs, you almost had me taking the tin foil down ...then I realized it would be to warp around my HEAD :-)!
Well, Imp thought it was a spoof...I bought it :-)
maybe I'll turn the ol' computer off just in case.

Anonymous said...

""surge protector"??"

Jeez....Geeez....yes. Any Home Depot...any Comp USA...any place has them. They cost about...I dunno...$20? Or...get a backup surge protector. If the grid shuts off...they will give you a battery charge to run the PC for about 10 minutes. It will then shutdown your PC gracefully...rather than abruptly or "hard".

Saves your data too. However....I've dumped windows 7 hard....and it seems to recover very well. Like....all Macs do already.

Chuck said...

I have a surge protector, seems sufficient?

Lisa said...

Governor Brown outs


Anonymous said...


Well Lisa....what else would you call them? A true moonbeam, tofu lovin' bark humpin' lover of man made emergencies that only a crazed over the hill 60's loon, who's ideology hasn't changed since Neanderthals were barking at the moon, worships? A crazed, balding idiot that hasn't advanced into the 21st Century?

A man who's god are ...the Greatful Dead or CSNY?

Only in California would a dead head be elected to.....continue to ruin an entire country...once called California....

They Say/We Say said...

Some good surge protectors have a tele fone cord plug in-out, also, to protect from the lightning surges on the phone lines---a must have, more for the protection-for more than electrical surges!
If you have Internet service from the phone line/DSL/old style dialup.
Of course a direct hit from lightning, nothing will help.

Kid said...

Z, better safe than sorry? fwiw, I'm not turning mine off.

Anonymous said...

"Of course a direct hit from lightning, nothing will help..."

Kind of like a direct hit from an earthquake....huh? Or a solar flare?

Anonymous said...

"I'm not turning mine off...."

Right....I have NEVER...never....turned my Mac off.....never. Matter of fact,,,,I can rip the GD plug out of the wall...right now on my PPC or Intel Mac....and the SOB...will just...say....ummmm...did I miss anything???? and re boot like a fart in a cold wind.

Z said...

We don't have lightning problems here...when I lived in Orlando, my Florida friends would suddenly say "Gotta go! Lightning" and I'd think "what the...?!"

Kid..maybe I won't. but, be on the safe side?

Kid said...

IMP, Yea, Win7 is much better at the code blue situations.

Kid said...

Z, well if you're going to retire for the evening anyway?

My suggestion would be to say Thank You to the politic Gods that Dennis Kucinich (Cleveland) has finally been vanquished. Though his replacement, if elected, may even be worse, but at least it will be different. We must take our respite in small increments.

Z said...

Kid, nobody's talking much about Kucinich in the news, are they.
I think it's because it could be a sign of the times.
I think the mainstream media's seeing a trend they don't like.
I hope so :-)

Z said...

this is a headline at Yahoo.
maybe it's over already?
Sounds like there's not much we could do if it was aimed at earth.
They're rated X, which is the strongest flares the sun ever 'does'.

Odd, coming with so many volcanoes, tornadoes...

Anonymous said...

Really? You deleted my comment?

As it could be a conspiracy so...

Did you delete my comment?

Joe said...

March 8, 2012. My computer's still working fine.

In fact, it may have improved.

Why worry about solar flares when we're about to be hit by an asteroid?

Science, like the government, hates to waste a good emergency.

Z said...

Cactus, of course I didn't.
When I get back from work, I'll check into that.
I wouldn't delete you. computer's still okay:)

see y'all later..

Right Wing Theocrat said...

Did the email tell you that if you don't forward this email to 10 people......

i'm pretty sure we'll be alright.

Z said...

MK..I never forward those with that silliness at the bottom! If it's something I like, I remove it and send.
No, this wasn't one of those, anyhow!!!