NASA Predicts Massive Solar Storm

NASA Predicts Massive Solar Storm

You have already heard about this at least once but were you PREPARED for it? Survivalists and preppers will be far ahead of the rest of civilization when this happens in the very near future. NASA Predicts Massive Solar Storm.

Here is a partial reprint of the NASA article:

May 29, 2009: An international panel of experts led by NOAA and sponsored by NASA has released a new prediction for the next solar cycle. Solar Cycle 24 will peak, they say, in May 2013 with a below-average number of sunspots.

“If our prediction is correct, Solar Cycle 24 will have a peak sunspot number of 90, the lowest of any cycle since 1928 when Solar Cycle 16 peaked at 78,” says panel chairman Doug Biesecker of the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center.


Above: A solar flare observed in Dec. 2006 by NOAA’s GOES-13 satellite.

It is tempting to describe such a cycle as “weak” or “mild,” but that could give the wrong impression.

“Even a below-average cycle is capable of producing severe space weather,” points out Biesecker. “The great geom

agnetic storm of 1859, for instance, occurred during a solar cycle of about the same size we’re predicting for 2013.”

The 1859 storm–known as the “Carrington Event” after astronomer Richard Carrington who witnessed the instigating solar flare–electrified transmission cables, set fires in telegraph offices, and produced Northern Lights so bright that people could read newspapers by their red and green glow. A recent report by the National Academy of Sciences found that if a similar storm occurred today, it could cause $1 to 2 trillion in damages to society’s high-tech infrastructure and require four to ten years for complete recovery. For comparison, Hurricane Katrina caused “only” $80 to 125 billion in damage.

This is going to be a disaster to any and all communications as we know it, but there will be ways to cope. Preppers and survivalists have been getting ready for just such circumstances as these.

What Do I Need?

  • Food
  • Water
  • Barter Items
  • Communications Equipment that can be protected from the storm.
  • A network of people with like interests.



Sun spots can be described as a prime motivator of radio communications. Every 11 years there is a change between cycles, we are currently beginning sunspot cycle 24 meaning that sunspots are beginning to appear on Old SOl. These sunspots make the high frequency bands particularly useful in that one is able to communicate farther. These same bands were almost useless as cycle 23 ended and cycle 24 began. The upper amateur radio bands 10 meters, 12 meters, 15 meters, and 17 meters were negatively affected by the lack of sunspots. As a side note you could also include the CB band of 11 meters as also being negatively affected by the low sunspot activity. The sunspots have a direct bearing on radio wave propagation (and the climate!1) and will be explained further in the section named Radio Propagation.

As mentioned before, the current sunspot cycle 24 is in the beginning stages. There are some excellent sites on the web dealing with sunspot activity. One very popular one is aptly named and has a huge amount of information on it concerning radio propagation and general and a great source for information on cycle 24. The link is to the web site is an easy to remember one: This site is owned and operated by Kevin, VE3EN which is a Canadian amateur radio station.

Another great web site for sun spots as they apply to radio communications is that of N0NBH’s web site located at HAM QSL. His site is a major contributor to the radio community by providing the tools such as seen on the main page of this section. He also has an excellent explanation of the various conditions caused by sun spots. This very informative page is located at

End notes:

1 Sunspots and the climate changes have been tie together in that the weather changes pretty much follow the sunspots cycles. While Al Gore and the global warming theorists claim we are in meltdown stage it is scientifically proven that the weather too is cyclic.

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