Solar storm a dud

Forget all those dire predictions of widespread power failures, satellites going belly up, and flight cancellations. What was touted to be the biggest solar storm in years is apparently a dud.

The Associated Press reports:

Hours after the storm arrived, officials said there were no reports of problems with power grids, GPS, satellites or other technologies that are often disrupted by solar storms.

National Public Radio (NPR) reports:

The forecasters weren’t aware of any significant impact to electrical or technological systems, but said there was a two-hour blackout of high frequency radio communications — affecting mainly ham radio operations — stretching from eastern Africa to eastern Australia.

Seeing as how that swath is not really a hotbed of activity, I think we can safely say that we can all go back to chasing DX now.

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