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Red-level magnetic storms will hit Earth: It will storm all weekend

Red-level magnetic storms will hit Earth: It will storm all weekend Magnetic storm will hit Earth in the next day (Collage by RBC-Ukraine)

Strong magnetic storms of red level will last all upcoming weekend. Experts predict a prolonged storm with a K-index 6 on Saturday and Sunday, November 11 and 12.

Here's what you need to know about this magnetic storm and how to preserve your health, as reported by RBC-Ukraine with reference to Meteoagent.

What is a magnetic storm

On the Sun, numerous explosions and flares often occur, causing releases of solar energy in various directions, including towards Earth. This energy consists of charged particles (protons and electrons) that can move rapidly through space.

When this energy reaches the Earth's magnetosphere, it triggers activity known as solar or magnetic storms.

Scientists distinguish several classes and intensities of these magnetic storms, ranging from K-index 2 to K-index 9. All storms above K-index 5 are considered powerful magnetic storms that can have significant consequences.

Such storms can cause disruptions in electronics, satellites, disruptions in GPRS, and mobile communication. During storms with a K-index 7 or 8, unique phenomena like polar (northern) lights may occur. Red-level storms can also affect human well-being.

What is known about the upcoming storm

According to data from NOAA, TESIS satellite systems, and international meteorological laboratories worldwide, strong magnetic storms with a K-index of 6 have been ongoing for several days. On November 8, the storm reached a K-8 level.

In the coming days, the storms will persist at the K-6 level, causing disturbances throughout the weekend - on November 11 and 12, Saturday and Sunday.

According to the preliminary forecast, the magnetosphere is expected to return to a calm state only by Monday, November 13.

Штормитиме всі вихідні: магнітні бурі червоного рівня накриють Землю

Magnetic Storm Forecast for November 11-12 (screenshot)

How magnetic storms affect humans

There are numerous studies confirming the correlation between magnetic storms and poor well-being in people on such days. Individuals more frequently complain of discomfort and seek help from doctors, including cardiologists.

Frequent complaints:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Migraines
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Sleep disturbances at night
  • General weakness
  • Rapid fatigue
  • Loss of energy
  • Impaired concentration
  • Increased anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Aggression

But the greatest danger of magnetic storms is to astronauts who are outside the protective shield of the Earth's atmosphere. Such storms pose a risk to them due to the potential impact of high levels of radiation, significantly increasing the likelihood of cancer.

How to mitigate the impact of magnetic storms

Doctors typically provide general recommendations for such days: stick to a regular eating schedule and daily routine, try to get enough sleep, rest more, and make sure to take walks in the fresh air.

Easing the condition can be achieved through moderate physical activity, fresh air, herbal teas, and reducing psychoemotional and physical stress. If needed, it is advisable to seek medical assistance.

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This material is for informational purposes only and should not be used for medical diagnosis or self-treatment. Our goal is to provide readers with accurate information about symptoms, causes, and methods of detecting diseases. RBС-Ukraine is not responsible for any diagnoses that readers may make based on materials from the resource. We do not recommend self-treatment and advise consulting a doctor in case of any health concerns.