Natural Disasters 

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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