Solar Flares Worry Experts Worldwide - WBOY.com: Clarksburg, Morgantown: News, Sports, Weather

Solar Flares Worry Experts Worldwide

Posted: Updated:
  • Solar Flares Worry Experts WorldwideMore>>

  • Alex Hines

    Alex Hines

    Thursday, January 9 2014 1:02 PM EST2014-01-09 18:02:23 GMT
    Alex is the reporter for Lewis, Gilmer, Barbour, Randolph, and Webster Counties.


     

While our area dealt with rain on Thursday, the whole planet experienced a storm of its own.

Some experts were worried that unusually large solar flares might trigger storms in the atmosphere that would wreak havoc with global electronics.

Those storms have the potential to disable power grids and computer chips in everything from refrigerators to satellites, which a professor at West Virginia University said can cause more problems than you might think.

"A lot of things we might not even think about are based on satellites. Cell phones, pay at the pump, GPS, all these things need satellites in order to work," said Paul Cassak, WVU Assistant Physics Professor.

Cassak said the solar storm was not as strong as it could have been but said we can expect more over the next few years.