For the more practical-minded: if the connection is valid, it means that we can predict when to put up extra watch for satellite damage, take precautions on our power grids, etc. to prevent a perfect solar storm from causing major disruption on Earth. We haven't seen a really big solar storm in more than a century, and statistically one is expected every century – so it's time for another big one to hit. The sort that would send an unprotected transformer up in flames, cause Auroras around the equator, and do more than just knock out regional power grids and the occasional satellite.
System could warn of solar storms
A warning system with the potential to protect against the devastating and costly effects of a massive solar storm could be on the horizon.