This morning's headlines blazed with heat: A near miss! The sun ejected a flare that almost hit earth two weeks ago..
And now today the website Space Weather is responding to that with this:
SPACE WEATHER FACT CHECK: Many readers are asking about a report in the Washington Examiner, which states that a Carrington-class solar storm narrowly missed Earth two weeks ago. There was no Carrington-class solar storm two weeks ago. On the contrary, solar activity was low throughout the month of July. The report is erroneous. The possibility of such a storm is, however, worth thinking about: A modern Carrington event would cause significant damage to our high-tech society. Solar flare alerts: text, voice.
The original report that appeared in the Washington EXAMINER this morning came from Henry Cooper, a former Reagan official who now is pushing for missile defense programs.. And where did he get his information? Peter Vincent Pry--who is pushing for the United States to upgrade its electric grid to help during events of massive EMP attacks of solar events. Which is a noble cause.. But now I am troubled by the SpaceWeather report that all of this was based off of something that never was..
The UK DAILY MAIL picked up this story today, too, running a more dire headline
I will investigate this matter further..
So far I have yet to see a press release or statement on any of this from NASA.
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have more information or useful links..