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Chopstick
05-16-2005, 06:50 AM
Here's why. Those spots are geomagnetic storms. They are classified as an extreme event, measuring G-5, the highest level on the NOAA Space Weather Scales. Problems with the power grid are expected. Satellite and low frequency radio navigation systems are expected to be degraded for days.

http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2005/images/sun-soho-05-15-2005-1150z3.jpg

NOAA Issues Space Weather Warning (http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2005/s2437.htm)