In recent days, several reports emerged of a geomagnetic storm purportedly due to hit Earth on March 18. These reports also hinted at serious consequences that could affect communications systems and people alike. However, a top official at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a statement earlier this week, in hopes of allaying potential concerns about the supposed event.
In an emailed statement to Newsweek, NOAA Space Weather Forecast Center chief Robert Rutledge told the publication that reports of a “massive” geomagnetic storm affecting our planet on March 18. As Newsweek further noted, his comments came shortly after most publications who wrote on Monday about the purported storm had apparently misinterpreted a from the Lebedev Institute in Russia that suggested the likelihood of increased geomagnetic activity on March 18, but nothing hinting at a major storm.