Yesterday, the Russians have released the information that a strong magnetic storm will hit the Earth on March 18th. Many sites, including HealthThoroughfare, have written about that piece of information in their news. You can read our articles on this subject here or here.
NOAA – “Things are all quite for space weather”
Apparently, NOAA has no idea what is this all about as and how did Russians come up with that information. According to Bob Rutledge from the NOAA’s Space Weather Forecast Center, “this story is not plausible in any way, shape or form and the things are all quiet for space weather, and the sun is essentially spotless”.
Usually, geomagnetic storms are cataloged in 5 different main levels depending on the magnitude, from G1 to G5 levels of geomagnetic storms’ magnitudes. The G1 a very weak storm, while the G5 is used when a severe geomagnetic storm hits the Earth.
A magnetic storm will hit the Earth on March 18th, indeed
In fact, NOAA admits that a geomagnetic storm will hit the Earth on March 18th but this one will not even reach the G1 magnitude, therefore, it can’t affect the satellites, the GPS equipment, or other communication means, as the Russians informed.
NOAA officials also reported that all that has started from a misreading of the geomagnetic storms charts released online by the Russian Lebedev Institute. Even more, according to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Russians charts show that, during the upcoming weekend, the magnetic activity will just slightly increase but there won’t be a strong magnetic storm this weekend.
However, even though it won’t be the case here, NOAA admitted that a severe magnetic storm could alter the proper functioning of the satellites, therefore, some communication pieces of equipment wouldn’t correctly function.
In conclusion, NOAA said that no strong magnetic storm will hit the Earth on March 18th, therefore is nothing you should be worrying about.