NOAA 99 Space Weather Advisory
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Barbara McGehan
We are now in the midst of Solar Cycle
23 and scientists expect increased solar storms and geomagnetic
activity as the sun approaches solar maximum, which is expected
to peak around the year 2000. This may result in the "other
Y2K problem" - an increase in solar and geomagnetic activity
that could have significant impacts on various industries including
navigation, power distribution, radio communications systems
and others. What will this mean to us? How will satellites and
other technological systems be impacted? What are the latest
forecast tools and techniques available to forecast this activity?
What will happen to our pagers, cell phones and GPS systems?
NOAA has a number of experts on space weather who are available to talk with the media concerning the "other Y2K problem" and who can comment on the space environment. Among them are:
For additional information or to arrange an interview, please contact Barbara McGehan, NOAA Public Affairs, 303-497-6288.