Solar storm from hole in the sun will hit Earth on Wednesday (Aug. 3)

SPACE weather experts say there's a chance of a geomagnetic storm hitting Earth. The storm is predicted to happen on August 3rd thanks to solar wind shooting through space and "grazing" our planet.

Experts said, "NOAA forecasters say there is a chance of minor G1-class geomagnetic storms on Aug. 3rd when a high-speed stream of solar wind is expected to graze Earth's magnetic field.

Experts said, "NOAA forecasters say there is a chance of minor G1-class geomagnetic storms on Aug. 3rd when a high-speed stream of solar wind is expected to graze Earth's magnetic field.

'The gaseous material is flowing from a southern hole in the sun's atmosphere." Each solar storm is categorized and Wednesday's is only expected to be a minor G1-class event if it does happen.

G1-class means the solar storm could cause weak power grid fluctuations and have a small impact on satellite communications.

A G1 storm can also confuse migrating animals that rely on the Earth's magnetic field for a sense of direction. 

One good thing about solar storms is that they can produce very pretty natural light displays like the Northern Lights.

Those natural light displays are called auroras. Auroras are examples of the Earth's magnetosphere getting bombarded by solar wind, which creates pretty green and blue displays.

The Earth's magnetic field helps to protect us from the more extreme consequences of solar storms. We mostly notice their impact when they affect our tech on Earth.

In 1989, a strong solar eruption shot so many electrically charged particles at Earth that the Canadian Province of Quebec lost power for nine hours.