Just after 12 p.m., panic suddenly gripped Gothamist HQ, when several precious computer screens suddenly shut off, going darker than a black steer's tuckus on a moonless prairie night. Several priceless blog posts were lost to the ether, and by the time power returned moments later, most of the editorial team had clawed each others' clothes off in a savage fight over the remaining scraps of a slaughtered pigeon. How did you fare during today's weird, brief partial blackout, which, according to one tipster, cut power to Times Square and Herald Square? And more importantly, what the hell just happened?

Con Ed spokesman Allan Drury confirms that we are not crazy (at least, not about the power outage) but DON'T call it a blackout. It was just a l'il "dip." Drury tells us, "At 12:02 p.m. customers experienced a dip in service due to a problem in a transmission feeder. The feeder runs from Westchester to Midtown." When asked to confirm what areas were affected or if they anticipated another outage, Drury said, "We're still trying to figure that out. I'm giving you what we have now."

For those of you who suspect Con Ed's cover story is a bit too perfect, it's worth noting that there was a CLASS M solar flare around noon today. Of course, the intern who sent us this link shrugs it off as a "less-than-moderate flare." (We hope she enjoys that new fur coat Con Ed presumably bought her.) Anyway, no need to panic—we're all stocked up on crank radios and solar cell phone chargers, thanks to Sandy.

Additional reporting by Christopher Robbins