Solar Storms to Begin Erupting Soon, 2010-2012Solar storms on their way. National Academy of Sciences: "Major solar storm could cause twenty times more economic damage than Hurricane Katrina..." People of the 21st century rely on high-tech systems for the basics of daily life. "The sun is waking up from a deep slumber, and in the next few years we expect to see much higher levels of solar activity," said Richard Fisher, head of NASA's Heliophysics Division. "At the same time, our technological society has developed an unprecedented sensitivity to solar storms. The intersection of these two issues is what we're getting together to discuss."