The Next Big Solar Storm Could Fry the Grid

A solar storm could cause millions of people across the U.S. to lose power – and it’d take months or years of rebuilding.

  • The odds are low that in any given year a storm big enough to cause effects this widespread will happen.
  • But it’s a near certainty that some form of this catastrophe will happen someday.

To get ahead of this threat, a loose federation of U.S. and international government agencies, and hundreds of scientists affiliated with those bodies, have begun working on how to make predictions about what our Sun might do.

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