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Getting around and talking to others could be a pain for the next couple days…and beyond. Commercial flights are taking longer because they have to avoid the poles, and satellites that control radio, GPS and telephone communications are being switched off because of radiation from solar flares. And it could get worse.
FOX News Radio’s Chris Hoenig explains:
Tuesday night’s solar flares are rerouting planes and affecting GPS accuracy, but the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration says they’re not THAT strong: a 3 on a scale of 1-5.
(Rutledge) “These will become more frequent, and we’ll have flares that are larger than this.”
…Large enough to possibly disrupt the power grid. NOAA’s lead space weather forecaster, Bob Rutledge, says all this comes after a period of inactivity.
(Rutledge) “This is kinda like the first couple of snowfalls of the winter.”
…A solar winter that will last until the middle of next year.
Chris Hoenig, FOX News Radio.
WATCH to learn more about the solar flares: