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The Capital Weather Gang over at The Washington Post has written an excellent description of the threat that our sun poses:

Space weather: Are we ready for a solar strike?

This first in a three part series makes the point that the “more potent solar storms … have the potential to wreak long-lasting havoc on electric power supply and communications infrastructure around the globe,” and that we would have at most a 12 hour notice. What can we do about it? As individuals, not very much. The effort needed to protect our infrastructure requires everyone to pitch in.