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Solar Flare Storm 2012 Is a Huge Clunker and Northern Lights Unlikely for Philadelphia Area

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Thus far the much-hyped great Solar Flare Storm of 2012 has been a tempest in a teapot.

The solar storm, which is the result of solar flares on the sun's surface could still disrupt communications across the globe. As a precaution, planes have been rerouted following the arrival of this "solar storm."

Thus far, we are in the clear as the storm arrived at 6:00 A.M. Eastern time, and no problems have been reported. 

It was feared that the magnetic particles emmitted by this solar flare would disrupt satellite communications and even cause power outages northern lightsacross the globe.

One of the real benefits of this storm is that it could produce some amazing northern lights (also known as Aurora Borealis) for those who can observe them in the Northern Hemisphere.

Tonight if you live in the Great Lakes states you are in for a possible show. If you're south of that region you are out of luck. No Northern Lights for you!

There was an outside chance of people in the Philadelphia area finally being able to see Northern Lights, but it looks like a slim chance. Thanks to rain clouds and a full moon it looks like we won't be seeing them tonight.

Better luck next time! This is the largest such solar storm in five years.

Contact Dennis Bakay at dbakay@philly2philly.com

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Solar flare photo from AP

Northern Lights photo from NASA.gov