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Upcoming weekend threat: Earth braces for powerful red-level storm

Upcoming weekend threat: Earth braces for powerful red-level storm A strong magnetic storm will hit over the weekend (Collage RBC-Ukraine)
Author: Daria Shekina

A strong magnetic storm of a red level is raging throughout this weekend. On Saturday, a storm with a K-index of 6 is expected, while on Sunday, the storm intensity will decrease to a K-index of 5, which also corresponds to a red-level storm, Meteoagent reports on what you need to know about the magnetic storm over the weekend.

What is a magnetic storm?

Solar energy emissions periodically occur through flares and bursts on the Sun, spreading in different directions, including towards Earth. This solar energy consists of charged particles (protons and electrons) that can quickly move through space.

When this energy stream reaches Earth's magnetosphere, it triggers activity that scientists call a magnetic or solar storm.

The intensity of storms varies by class and power, ranging from K-index 2 to K-index 9. The higher the K-index, the stronger the magnetic storm and, accordingly, its consequences.

All storms above K-index 5 fall into the red-level storm category. They can cause disruptions in satellite operations, GPRS, mobile, and radio communications. Additionally, such storms can lead to a deterioration in people's well-being. Storms above K-index 7 might result in polar (northern) lights.

What's known about the weekend storm

According to satellite systems NOAA, TESIS, and international meteorological laboratories worldwide, after a powerful flash on November 16, a temporary calm occurred. However, a new red-level storm will hit the Earth on November 18.

Scientists predict a storm with a K-index of 6 on Saturday, November 18, and a storm with a K-index of 5 on November 19 (Sunday). Both measurements classify as red-level storms. Following this, a small break is expected.

On November 22, Earth will be hit by a storm with a K-index of 5, November 23 will have a moderate storm with a K-index of 4, and on November 24-25, an extended storm with a K-index of 5 will arrive.

Upcoming weekend threat: Earth braces for powerful red-level storm

18-19 November Magnetic Storm (Screenshot)

How do storms affect humans?

There's considerable research establishing a link between human well-being and magnetic storms. Many people report worsened health during these days, seeking medical advice more frequently, especially from cardiologists.

Common complaints include:

  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Dizziness
  • Brain fog Reduced concentration
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Nighttime insomnia
  • General weakness
  • Quick fatigue
  • Increased anxiety
  • Irritability

Astronauts exposed outside Earth's protective atmospheric shield are at the greatest risk during magnetic storms. They may be influenced by high levels of radiation, significantly increasing the risk of cancer.

How to maintain health during magnetic storms

  • During these days, doctors give general recommendations and advise reducing activity:
  • Get sufficient sleep and rest
  • Reduce physical and emotional stress
  • Eat regularly and healthily
  • Stay hydrated, drink herbal teas and water
  • Limit alcohol and cigarettes
  • Ensure outdoor walks
  • Exercise
  • Ventilate rooms
  • Prefer more tranquil forms of relaxation If necessary or if conditions worsen, seek medical attention.

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