magnetic storm


: a marked temporary disturbance of the earth's magnetic field held to be related to sunspots

Examples of magnetic storm in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Its magnetic field plays a role in events like solar flares, explosions that shoot energy, light and high-speed particles into space, as well as coronal mass ejections, solar magnetic storms that expel gas and magnetic fields. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 May 2024 The intensity of these magnetic storms could impact us energetically and heighten our emotional sensitivity Keep your eyes on the sky this weekend! Valerie Mesa, Peoplemag, 10 May 2024 Its sensors tracking magnetic storms emanating from the sun would keep doing their jobs. IEEE Spectrum, 17 Mar. 2017 The more intense solar winds and flares now emanating from the sun can cause genuine magnetic storms over Earth. oregonlive, 11 July 2023 Sunspots are the sites of powerful magnetic storms where plasma wells up and falls back to the surface. Dean Regas, The Enquirer, 14 June 2023 The magnetic storm is expected to continue through Saturday and perhaps even strengthen. Stefanie Waldek, Travel + Leisure, 1 Apr. 2022 The reader is an innocent bystander swept up by a magnetic storm of affinity. Wsj Books Staff, WSJ, 8 Dec. 2021 At the time of the event, Japan rested at a magnetic latitude of 33 degrees, where aurorae could hypothetically form—especially in the event of a magnetic storm. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, 3 Apr. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1836, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of magnetic storm was in 1836

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“Magnetic storm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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