The Desert Sun from Palm Springs, California on March 20, 2019 · A2
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The Desert Sun from Palm Springs, California · A2

Palm Springs, California
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Wednesday, March 20, 2019
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2A ❚ WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20, 2019 ❚ T H E D E S E RT S U N Wednesday, March 20, 2019 92nd year, No. 155 Periodicals postge paid at Palm Springs, CA (USPS 155-000) (800) 834-6052 Subscriber customer service GENERAL POSTMASTER Mailing address Send address changes to P.O. Box 2734 Palm Springs, CA 92263 WALK-IN HOURS: Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-noon. MEMBER SERVICES To view important information online related to your subscription, please visit Contact The Desert Sun for questions or to report issues via email at or by phone at 1-800-834-6052. Hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; Saturday, 7:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. for technical support only; Sunday & Holidays, 7:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. You can also manage your subscription online at Subscribe and save today by visiting FULL ACCESS SUBSCRIPTIONS All subscriptions below are billed monthly and include unlimited access to, tablet and smartphone apps, Insider Membership and the e-Edition, a digital replica of the print edition. Delivery of the Monday through Sunday print editions .....................................................................................................$76.00* Delivery of the Friday through Sunday print editions...$50.00* Delivery of the Saturday and Sunday print editions......$34.00* Delivery of the Sunday print editions................................$34.00* Full Digital Access....................................................................$15.00* *Plus applicable taxes PUBLISHED DAILY BY The Desert Sun Publishing Co. 750 N. Gene Autry Trail, Palm Springs, CA 92262 (760) 322-8889 ©2019 The Desert Sun Publishing Co. All rights reserved. It’s happened before, and it could happen again. Roughly 2,700 years ago, an unusual- ly powerful solar storm swept past the Earth, scientists announced in a new study. Though it had little to no impact on people in that long ago, pre-industri- al and pre-technological world, such an event today would cause widespread power outages along with potentially disastrous communication and naviga- tion failures. The solar storm in 660 B.C. was about 10 times stronger than any known event in the past 70 years, study lead author Raimund Muschelersaid. A solar storm of that strength would be “a threat to modern society in terms of communication and navigation sys- tems, space technologies and commer- cial aircraft operations,” the study says. Scientists studied ancient ice in Greenland to uncover clues about solar storms. Looking at an ice core that dat- ed as far back as 100,000 years, re- searchers found radioactive isotopes that indicated a very powerful solar storm 2,700 years ago. “If that solar storm had occurred to- day, it could have had severe effects on our high-tech society,” said Muscheler, a geologist at Lund University in Sweden. Two examples of recent severe solar storms that caused extensive power outages took place in Quebec, Canada, in 1989 and Malmö, Sweden, in 2003. Solar storms are made up of high-en- ergy particles unleashed from the sun by explosions on the star’s surface. These types of storms are part of what’s known as space weather, when energy that blasts off from the sun interacts with the Earth’s atmosphere and geo- magnetic field. Separate but related space phenomena are known as geo- magnetic storms. The only visible effect down here on Earth from space weather is typically the aurora borealis, or northern lights, across Canada and the northern USA. Scientists said this is the third known discovery of a massive solar storm in historical times. This indicates that al- though the storms are rare, they are a naturally recurring effect of solar activ- ity. “That’s why we must increase soci- ety’s protection against solar storms,” Muscheler said. “Our research suggests that the risks are currently underesti- mated. We need to be better prepared.” The study was published Monday in the peer-reviewed journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Solar storm a looming threat Doyle Rice USA TODAY An especially potent solar storm could cause widespread power outages and navigation failures. NASA/SDO/EPA Environment DS-TDS0009087-11 The Palm Springs Air Museum invites you to celebrate the Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) units of the US Military. Enjoy live Rock’n Roll music byAnonymous 5, “chow line” styled dining by LULU Catering & Events, no host CASH martini and full bar, dancing, fun and revelry. Who knows, you might see Hot Lips or Klinger stop by to share a drink! He was a paramedic in Tucson, Ariz., before relocating to Palm Springs in 2016. Described as an “outgoing” man, Lustro eventually became a field train- ing officer and instructor, and “everyone loved him,” Key said. “He had a natural gift for teaching and was well-respected by his col- leagues,” Key said. He lived in the Coachella Valley with his wife. His hobbies included writing, collecting and repairing typewriters, taking care of his chihuahua and spend- ing time with his family hiking, going to beaches and working on projects to- gether. Loved ones are expected to come from Arizona in the wake of Lustro’s death. No funeral arrangements had been made as of Tuesday morning. AMR offi- cials are providing grief counseling to colleagues and assisting Lustro’s fam- ily, Key said. Palm Springs police are still investi- gating the collision, which shut down Gene Autry between Mesquite Avenue and Seven Lakes Boulevard for more than six hours Monday. The Honda’s driver, whose name has not been released, cooperated with in- vestigators and it did not appear drugs or alcohol were involved in the collision, police said. Desert Sun reporter Colin Atagi cov- ers crime, public safety, and road and highway safety. He can be reached at or follow him at @tdscolinatagi Lustro Continued from Page 1A A roadside memorial rises along Gene Autry Trail where paramedic Edward Lustro, 34, a Rancho Mirage resident, died in a March 18 collision. COLIN ATAGI/ THE DESERT SUN

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