Solar flare knocks out Swedish radar

***Update – see video at end of post***

Stockholm (AFP) – A solar flare briefly disabled radar at Sweden’s largest airports on Wednesday causing significant flight delays, the Civil Aviation Authority (LFV) said.

“At 3:45 p.m. (2:45 p.m. GMT), solar storms had disrupted the Earth’s magnetic field, causing radar malfunctions here in Sweden,” said LFV spokesman Per Froberg.

“We had to close the airspace,” he added, which delayed airplane departures and landings at several airports.

Traffic was delayed at Stockholm’s two main aiports Arlanda and Bromma, as well as at Malmo and Gothenburg. Air traffic control was restored after about an hour

Full story:

http://news.yahoo.com/sweden-solar-flare-causes-flight-delays-172626613.html

***Update***

Ben Davidson with more on the effects of the flare:

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