Flash Floods, Extreme Heat And An Unrelated Solar Storm To Strike US


Kay Smythe News and Commentary Writer
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A huge solar storm will make landfall Thursday, but has nothing to do with the extreme rainfall and heat heading America’s way throughout the rest of mid-July.

The solar storm forecast for Thursday may bring the Northern Lights (aurora) down so far south that they will be visible in at least 17 American states, according to The Associated Press. While a massive solar (geomagnetic) storm is something we should definitely be very worried about here on Earth, the one heading our way will mostly just bring pretty lights in our skies (hopefully).

The AP listed Alaska, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, New York, New Hampshire, Vermont, Indiana, Maine and Maryland as the best states to be able to see the show. But residents may be dealing with some other crazy phenomena instead.

A “considerable flood threat” hit New England on Monday, with thunderstorms and intense downpours expected to last through Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. At least one woman was killed in Orange County, New York, while more than 25 million others are under a serious flood alert, CNN noted.

On the west coast, extreme heat is expected to last through to the weekend in much of the desert states, NWS noted in a local report. (RELATED: NWS Predicts Hellishly Hot Summer, Potential For Mass Flooding And More)

Extremely hot weather in California will only compound problems caused by excessive snowfall through the winter. While many waterways have already reclaimed what was once their land, I wouldn’t be surprised if more portions of the state are under water just from meltwaters, while the rest bakes under temperatures well into the hundreds.