This is very interesting. Over at Disinformation, they're rushing a bit towards the armageddon diagnosis:
A massive solar flare could make for a beautiful night for people in the northern United States – provided it doesn’t knock the lights out.
The blast of charged particles unleashed from the sun earlier this week has been peppering the Earth over the last few days, but it’s biggest punch is expected to hit the Earth’s atmosphere on Thursday.
Monday’s eruption, considered an X-class flare, is the biggest solar flare in four years. It is already being blamed for disrupting radio communication in China, and could potentially affect power grids and satellite communication around the globe.
However, for the United States, the most likely outcome from this latest space storm could be a colorful night sky over New England and even parts of New York State.