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There has been much hype on the news about the solar flare activity that occured earlier this week. And just for the record, I am by no means one of those people standing on the corner with a cardboard "the end is near" sign hanging around my neck...lol... After all these flares have been going on for millions of years, but as we advance as a civilization relying more and more on electronics in our lives such as medical devices. It certainly grabs my attention. I do remember from science class that we are protected from these events by the earths magnetic field, any thoughts?

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I was wondering about that, too. Generally, I believe these things are overhyped, but if there is excess magnetism in the earth, it could make pump motors go haywire (at worst), or result in a lot of "Weak Signal / Lost Sensor" CGM errors (at best).

Come to think of it, I did have an abnormally high number of "Weak Signal" messages last night...

I think it is nonsense to worry about such things. The fact that i'm wearing an aluminun foil helmet today is nothing more than a fashion statement.

About 20 years ago, I was on a work crew where we really "tied one on" on a certain Friday night. At one point, my boss grabbed some tinfoil and wrapped it on his head like a helmet and announced, "I'm Mr. Potato Head!" Needless to say, the rest of us fell in and there were a lot of mr. and ms. potato heads having a raucous good time.

I plan on sitting out in my backyard with the wife and kids and dog to watch the Northern Lights tonight.

Cheers all, Mike

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