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Old 07-13-2012, 07:59 AM
 
Location: Southern Arizona
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A heavy-duty solar flare erupted on the surface of the sun midmorning Thursday, and it appeared from early data that a solar storm from the X-class eruption was headed toward Earth.

'Extreme' solar flare erupts, looks like storm is headed to Earth - latimes.com
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Old 07-13-2012, 10:24 AM
 
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The hyperbole is getting a bit thick. An X1.4 solar flare is not "extreme." An X1.4 solar flare is considered "strong," with very limited effects. HF radio communications may be interrupted for about an hour and LF navigation signals will degrade for about an hour on the sun lit side of the planet. There is certainly nothing "extreme" about this solar flare.

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Old 07-13-2012, 03:09 PM
 
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The hyperbole is getting a bit thick. An X1.4 solar flare is not "extreme." An X1.4 solar flare is considered "strong," with very limited effects. HF radio communications may be interrupted for about an hour and LF navigation signals will degrade for about an hour on the sun lit side of the planet. There is certainly nothing "extreme" about this solar flare.

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But headlines the read "not extreme" or "strong" or "minimum effects" don't sell newspapers or lure in viewers.


"We're all gonna die" headline do..............

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