27 Dec 2013

Daily space weather forecasts to begin

5:45 am on 27 December 2013

The British Meteorological Office is to begin offering daily forecasts about the weather in space.

The service will aim to provide early warnings of solar storms that can disrupt power grids and knock out satellite communications.

Solar storms are caused by huge flares of charged particles from the sun.

The BBC reports the first forecast is expected to be available next spring.

Solar flares and eruptions in the Sun's atmosphere have the potential to damage satellite components and knock out power grids on Earth.

A massive blackout in Quebec in 1989 has been attributed to a solar storm.