How a Solar Flare Amped Up Chaos of Hurricane Irma

During Hurricane Irma’s advance over the Caribbean in September 2017, the sun coincidentally produced its own¬†space weather. SPACE.COM This interfered with communication during the response to the severe terrestrial weather. That’s according to new research looking at how a 10-day period of high solar activity affected radio communication during the hurricane. The situation came to a head on Sept. 6, as Irma was approaching the Virgin Islands and the sun produced a gigantic X9.3 solar flare pointed toward Earth. This flare knocked out radio communication. “Space weather and Earth weather…

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