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Media Reports About a Massive Geomagnetic Storm Hitting Earth on March 18 Are Inaccurate, NOAA Says

Several information retailers this week are reporting that Earth is anticipating a “massive magnetic storm” on March 18. Yeah, so that’s not happening, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) advised Newsweek and different retailers. From a document: And they’d know: Not simplest does NOAA assist folks construct forecasts for climate right here on Earth, in addition they expect house climate occasions like geomagnetic storms. “This story is not plausible in any way, shape or form,” Bob Rutledge, who leads NOAA’s Space Weather Forecast Center, advised Newsweek by means of electronic mail. “Things are all quiet for space weather, and the sun is essentially spotless.” The magnetic typhoon’s “imminent” arrival was once one in all Monday morning’s best science information tales, consistent with Google News. But maximum protection gave the look to be based totally on a misinterpretation of a chart posted on Russia’s Lebedev Institute’s website online appearing a minor uptick in geomagnetic job on the 18th. That increased job is anticipated to be a minor typhoon at maximum.

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