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A solar storm that brought the northern lights to many parts of the UK this weekend caused critical GPS equipment to become “extremely compromised”.

Important GPS systems and precision farming functionality in tractors and agricultural equipment was impacted during the rare phenomenon.

The outages caused many farmers to fully stop their planting operations briefly.

Farming equipment dealership John Deere warned farmers that the accuracy of some of the systems used by tractors are “extremely compromised.”

The company also warned that farmers who planted crops during periods of inaccuracy are going to face problems when they go to harvest, according to reports.

The storm’s impending arrival prompted the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to issue a rare storm watch on Thursday.

It warned of the possible impact of a solar eruption on Earth.

On Friday evening, NOAA upgraded the storm to G5 or “extreme,” marking the first such event since October 2003.

“It’s a very rare event to happen,” said Shawn Dahl, a forecaster and coordinator at NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center. “We haven’t seen this in a long time.”

Images were widely shared on social media as the celestial spectacle could be seen in many areas across the globe.

The stunning display often appears as shifting curtains of green, red, and purple light.

Before the solar storm hit Earth, NOAA space weather forecaster Shawn Dahl warned that it posed a risk for high-voltage transmission lines for power grids.

Satellites also could be affected, which in turn could disrupt navigation and communication services here on Earth, he preempted.

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