Earth’s Magnetic Field just Struggled with a Weak CME: Sign of the Times

On May 12, a weak Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) released from the Sun hit Earth. The event was supposed to pass by uneventfully — it would perhaps spark a few auroras, but nothing more. So how did a strong G3 geomagnetic storm ensue?

Nobody was expecting a level 3 event from this CME.

Nobody saw the KP Index hitting 7.

And when I say nobody, I mean nobody predicted this: not NASA, NOAA, ESA or IPS in Australia.

The CME’s speed peaked at just 500 km/s (purple line below).

This is a little stronger than your standard solar wind, but weak in terms of a Coronal Mass Ejection.

It was not dense, and the filament released was hardly cause for concern.

“There is absolutely nothing in the history of space weather that advises the expectation of a strong geomagnetic storm off a mild CME produced by the eruption of a small plasma filament,” says Ben Davidson of

And while a G3-storm / KP7 reading isn’t scary in of itself, the fact that Earth’s ever-waning magnetosphere couldn’t handle such a weak solar event is a cause for concern, particularly given that our planet’s magnetic field was calm at the time–there were no previous impacts or coronal hole streams which preceded the CME.

“The best explanation,” continues Davidson, “is that Earth’s magnetic field is weaker than we’ve all realized.”

In the year 2000, we knew the field had lost 10 percent of its strength since the 1800s.

Another 5 percent was lost by 2010.

Further accelerations occurred in recent years, 2015 and 2017, but we laymen were not privy to any additional loss data–with guesses on why that might be quickly sending you down a conspiracy rabbit hole.

Given the last solid data point we have, that of 2010, our magnetic field should have handled Wednesday’s impact far better.

What happens when the next one hits on the heels of a coronal hole stream?

Or if the filament was bigger?

What happens when that X-class solar flare is launched in our direction?

What happens when our first line of defense fails?

The Sun is capable of much MUCH more, particularly as it continues its ramp-up into Solar Cycle 25.

The Solar Maximum of 25 isn’t due until 2024/25, meaning we have 4-or-so years of increasing threat left to go.

“If indeed the severity of [this recent] geomagnetic event is caused by the weaker magnetic field of our planet, we are not going to get through this sunspot cycle,” concludes Davidson.

“The field can’t be taking hits from Nerf balls when bullets are about to start flying from the Sun in the next few years.”

Prepare for a grid-down scenario.

One is coming.


New Sunspot

The Sun is about to add another spot.

NASA’s STEREO-A spacecraft is monitoring an ultraviolet hotspot on the farside of the sun–probably a sunspot:

If so, dark cores will rotate into view over the sun’s southeastern limb this weekend.

Could this be the one?

Stay tuned for updates.

The COLD TIMES are returning, the mid-latitudes are REFREEZING, in line with the great conjunction, historically low solar activitycloud-nucleating Cosmic Rays, and a meridional jet stream flow (among other forcings).

Both NOAA and NASA appear to agree, if you read between the lines, with NOAA saying we’re entering a ‘full-blown’ Grand Solar Minimum in the late-2020s, and NASA seeing this upcoming solar cycle (25) as “the weakest of the past 200 years”, with the agency correlating previous solar shutdowns to prolonged periods of global cooling here.

Furthermore, we can’t ignore the slew of new scientific papers stating the immense impact The Beaufort Gyre could have on the Gulf Stream, and therefore the climate overall.

Prepare accordingly— learn the facts, relocate if need be, and grow your own.

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17 Thoughts to “Earth’s Magnetic Field just Struggled with a Weak CME: Sign of the Times”

  1. Eric Notheisen

    How do you subscribe?

  2. Christine A Hickey

    This is Biblical.

    1. prioris

      Biblical implies a 6000 year earth history.
      Maybe we should look at Navajo, Mayan, Vedic etc. history.

      1. Mike From Au

        Perhaps it is Megalithic.
        “Twelve: determining Time and Space on the Earth”
        By Richard Heath.

  3. Anonymous

    Perhaps 2025 will start the 3 days of darkness -thanks for the warning – where we will have no electricity. However, the article did not say where to relocate too???

  4. Island Time

    Not sure if this will be read, but I would love someone’s input. I live in Hawaii and at the moment of the KP Index hitting 7 on the 12th (Hawaii Time) I was out walking in the dark before sunrise and saw a huge green flash in the sky to the NW. It was like sheet lightening but green. Is it possible that I saw geomagnetic disruption so close to the Equator? Is that due to the weakening magnetosphere? Didn’t see anything about it on the news and I’m not active on social media so haven’t looked there. I didn’t know the KP had spiked until later in the morning when I got online to check the space weather. I am still kind of in shock about what this may mean. mahalo

    1. p

      Interesting. Thanks for posting.
      Green usually means atmosphere electrified.

      1. Island Time

        Thanks so much for the reply. I appreciate it! I was thinking the same thing. All the way down above Hawaii. Wow…

        1. During the solar storm of 1921, they saw the aurora in Cuba. I watch live webcams a lot, for the last two years I’ve been seeing aurora in crazy places, London for example, and even equatorial places. The actual aurora doesn’t look exactly like we think because we’re used to seeing speeded up timelapse videos … In RL it does look more like a flash or just a lighter part of the sky, or drifting shapes.
          That could be what you saw… Very cool!

          1. Island Time

            Wow! Thanks for the info Tamara! That is fascinating. I will keep my eyes out for this next incoming CME.

  5. Matt Dalby

    Obviously if the electricity grid, or parts of it, go down that’s bad enough however if there’s a massive voltage surge would it damage/destroy anything connected to the grid? If thousands of computers and internet servers were toasted would the world loose huge amounts of data such as health records, bank account details etc? This could be truly catastrophic if for example there was no record of how much money you had in your account and therefore couldn’t use debit cards or online payment. I bet most people nowadays have very little cash, maybe it’s time to stash some so you can at least buy food for a couple of weeks while the system is down.

    1. JaKo

      Hi Matt,
      A massive (countrywide) surge on the grid should not be worse than a few days of blackout. Every device of value is protected locally by electronics (e.g. varistors) and the whole grid has its own protection on all levels, so that may not be an issue. There could be a CME produced EMP — that would certainly cause the damage you described; it remains to be seen whether our good old Sun would do thing like this to us…
      Cheers, JaKo

      1. prioris

        there is a lot of data back up with financial institutions. I think the actual data would be safe and in storage.

  6. xnightx

    I need my dose of fear-mongering everyday, this is why I read !

  7. JaKo

    What’s strange to me is the “official science” about our weakening magnetic field — most sources state that the field decreased by 8-10% since the first measurements were conducted (K F Gauss). The only “news” about the state of magnetosphere today are about, who would’ve guessed, CAUSED BY THE CLIMATE CHANGE!
    Now, it seems that that the effectiveness (size doesn’t matter;) of our magnetosphere is highly non-linear function of its near surface strength…
    Cheers, JaKo

  8. James Walter

    So why has TPTB not published the earth magnetic field data in close to 12 years? Is there a FOIA possible? Who measures the earth magnetic field? Where is the data kept?

  9. John A Earthrowl

    I am a retired mineral exploration geologist.
    With all these activities in the Earth’s magnetic field ground and airborne geophysical methods will be useless as the subtle changes in the Earth’s field will be drowned out by the effects of the Sun. It is these subtle changes that geologists use for locating mineral deposits.

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