According to BBC News report, Met office will begin offering “space weather forecasts” this coming Spring, amidst growing awareness that solar activity can have powerful effects on Earth’s grid.
Here’s more from the report:
The 24 hour service will aim to help businesses and government departments by providing early warnings of solar storms that can disrupt satellites, radio communications and power grids.
The first forecast is expected to be available next spring.
The Department for Business will support the scheme with £4.6m of funding over the next three years.
The Met Office will aim to develop better ways of predicting space weather in collaboration with the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
UK partners involved in the project include the British Geological Survey, Bath University and RAL Space.
Space weather is driven by energetic particles from the Sun.
Solar flares and eruptions in the Sun’s atmosphere – known as coronal mass ejections – are powerful sources of potentially destructive solar storms.
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