Several news outlets this are reporting that Earth is expecting a “massive magnetic storm” on March 18. Yeah, so that’s not happening, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) told Newsweek and other outlets. From a report: And they would know: Not only NOAA help people build forecasts for weather here on Earth, they also predict space weather events like geomagnetic storms. “This is not plausible in any way, shape or form,” Bob Rutledge, who leads NOAA’s Space Weather Forecast Center, told Newsweek via e-mail. “Things are all quiet for space weather, and the sun is essentially spotless.” The magnetic storm’s “” arrival was one of Monday morning’s top science , according to Google News. But most coverage appeared based on a misinterpretation of a chart posted on Russia’s Lebedev Institute’s website showing a minor uptick in geomagnetic activity on the 18th. That elevated activity is expected a minor storm at most.

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