by Stuart Gary, ABC Science Online, August 27, 2010.
"Australia's leading body responsible for monitoring space weather has dismissed claims that a massive solar storm could wipe out the Earth's entire power grid.
"One report quotes an Australian astronomer as saying 'the storm is likely to come sooner rather than later'.
"But Dr Phil Wilkinson, the assistant director of the Bureau of Meteorology's Ionospheric Prediction Service, says claims that this coming solar maximum will be the most violent in 100 years are not factual.
" 'All this talk about gloom and doom has selling power, but I'm certain it's overstated,' he said."