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Forget AGW–is a magnetic pole shift in our near future?

That’s what some are saying … well have been saying for a few years.   And they’re seeing indications of that flip (something that has happened routinely in earth’s history) accelerating.

Magnetic polar shifts have occurred many times in Earth’s history. It’s happening again now to every planet in the solar system including Earth.

So what does that mean to us?  Well it can mean some pretty mean weather with significant changes in its patterns, some changed coast lines, and …  yes, another ice age.

One early indicator of the upcoming flip, per the article, are “superstorms” – something it claims we’ve been undergoing this year:

The first evidence we have that the dangerous superstorm cycle has started is the devastating series of storms that pounded the UK during late 2010.

On the heels of the lashing the British Isles sustained, monster storms began to lash North America. The latest superstorm—as of this writing—is a monster over the U.S. that stretched across 2,000 miles affecting more than 150 million people.

Yet even as that storm wreaked havoc across the Western, Southern, Midwestern and Northeastern states, another superstorm broke out in the Pacific and closed in on Australia.

The southern continent had already dealt with the disaster of historic superstorm flooding from rains that dropped as much as several feet in a matter of hours. Tens of thousands of homes were damaged or destroyed. After the deluge tiger sharks were spotted swimming between houses in what was once a quiet suburban neighborhood.

Shocked authorities now numbly concede that much of the water may never dissipate and have wearily resigned themselves to the possibility that region will now contain a new inland sea.

But then only a handful of weeks later another superstorm—the megamonster cyclone Yasi—struck northeastern Australia. The damage it left in its wake is being called by rescue workers a war zone.

In fact, and I didn’t realize it, the cyclone, Yasi, was a Category 5+ storm:

The incredible superstorm packed winds near 190mph. Although labeled as a category-5 cyclone, it was theoretically a category-6. The reason for that is storms with winds of 155mph are considered category-5, yet Yasi was almost 22 percent stronger than that.

Anyway, the point of the article is to say these sorts of storms are consistent with the flipping or switching of the poles.  And, per the article, that process, i.e. the flipping, has accelerated over the past few years:

The Earth’s northern magnetic pole was moving towards Russia at a rate of about five miles annually. That progression to the East had been happening for decades.

Suddenly, in the past decade the rate sped up. Now the magnetic pole is shifting East at a rate of 40 miles annually, an increase of 800 percent. And it continues to accelerate.

I’ll let you read for yourself the supposed problems this will bring, but suffice it to say, if the numbers quoted are correct for the average length of time between flips in the earth’s history, we are certainly overdue.  From an Economist article cited:

"There is, however, a growing body of evidence that the Earth’s magnetic field is about to disappear, at least for a while. The geological record shows that it flips from time to time, with the south pole becoming the north, and vice versa. On average, such reversals take place every 500,000 years, but there is no discernible pattern. Flips have happened as close together as 50,000 years, though the last one was 780,000 years ago. But, as discussed at the Greenland Space Science Symposium, held in Kangerlussuaq this week, the signs are that another flip is coming soon."

But wait, as they say in the commercials, there’s more:

According to some geologists and scientists, we have left the last interglacial period behind us. Those periods are lengths of time—about 11,500 years—between major Ice Ages.

One of the most stunning signs of the approaching Ice Age is what’s happened to the world’s precessional wobble.

The Earth’s wobble has stopped.

Sigh … who to believe, who to believe.  The “science” of AGW is “settled” after all.

If science hadn’t become so politicized with grants being awarded by government to find favorably for a particular agenda, we wouldn’t likely trying to decide if this is all true or not.  But regardless, it sure throws a monkey wrench into the AGW works – or should I say another monkey wrench.  In fact AGW probably now owns more of those tools than any other “science” in the world.

All of this to say is there are other explanations out there to what’s going on in the world with both weather and climate.   How many AGW models do you think factor for this magnetic shift that is occurring and the effect it obviously has on weather?

Yeah, not many if any I’d guess.

So?  So interesting stuff, certainly something to think about and, btw, something we can’t do a damn thing about.  But given the choice between AGW and this, I’d be more inclined to buy heavier winter clothes than invest in Tommy Bahamas’ stuff.

~McQ

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29 Responses to Forget AGW–is a magnetic pole shift in our near future?

  • Quick, call Michael Bay.
    He needs to assemble a crack team of knowledgeable yet down to earth characters, preferably led by Bruce Willis, who must pilot the largest experimental plane ever built.  In this plane is the worlds strongest magnet, supercharged and unstable from the Large Hadron Collider.  They must then fly this plane through the permanent super-storm over the north pole and drag the magnet pole of the earth back into position.
    You can mail me my check.

    • I swear to God, if I see trailers for this movie within the next 18 months, I’m coming to your house and kicking you in the daddy-bags.

  • I believe a flip means we lose the earth’s magnetic field for decades or centuries.  We lose the Earth’s protection against cosmic rays and solar flares during that time.
     
    I’d rather face the zombie apocalypse.

  • Well, we know it has happened before.
    It WILL really screw up our day if it happens again…and, of course, like Sun spot, there is not one cotton-picking thing we can do about it.

  • Dude…you had me with the headline and then lost me with the third sentence.
     
    “Magnetic polar shifts have occurred many times in Earth’s history. It’s happening again now to every planet in the solar system including Earth.”
    Simply untrue. Mars, for example, has no magnetic field.

  • Saw a natgeo show on this once and the really funny part was that they stated that humans would have to adapt to the changes brought on by the shift.  So evidently we can’t adapt to a slight increase in temperature but we can adapt to a non existent magnetic field.

  • They caught you Bruce.

    “In fact, and I didn’t realize it, the cyclone, Yasi, was a Category 5+ storm”

    You reason you didn’t realize that was because it wasn’t.  The storm did not have 190mph winds, it had 135.  On the SAffir-Simpson scale (the one we use) it wasn’t even a Cat 5 storm.  It was a Cat 4 storm.  The Aussies use a different scale where what we would call Cat 3 storms are classified as Cat 5.  Presumably, the author of that story didnt realize the Aussies give windspeeds in KPH not MPH (which is how they get above 190 – I haven’t even seen a report of gusts above 150MPH in Yasi.)

  • But given the choice between AGW and this, I’d be more inclined to buy heavier winter clothes than invest in Tommy Bahamas’ stuff.

    http://www.llbean.com :-)

  • a magnetic pole shift in our near future?
    The Sun will change poles before the Earth

  • Wow.  Yet ANOTHER thing that’s going to kill us.  In my lifetime, we’ve fretted about the population bomb, global cooling, the ozone hole, global warming, and now the poles flipping.  That doesn’t even count more pedestrian threats such as killer bees, SARS, bird flu, H1N1, ebola, etc., or man-made disasters such as nuclear war, EMP, bio-terrorism, etc.

    It’s enough to make a chap feel a little paranoid.

    • You don’t have to feel paranoid when “things” are really out to get you.

    • Hey, we have to account for the fact that we understand convulsive ergotism now and we can’t rely on LSD in the rye bread for our hysteria outbreaks, we’re required to generate our own.
       
      WE do a good job though.  Don’t forget Y2k, and the oncoming 2012 Mayan end of the world.
       
      I can say this, IF the pole shifts in 2012, I’m going to be sorely pissed at the Mayans.

  • I bet this causes Global Warming as well !!

    War is being waged right now across the country — against huge, ever-growing packs of feral pigs that are running rampant, destroying crops, killing wildlife and spreading disease everywhere they go, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reports.
    They’ve been spotted all the way from Texas to California to Michigan and in New York.
    “It’s estimated there are at least 4 million of them nationwide, but its impossible to count them all so there may be much more” said Carol Bannerman, a spokesman for the USDA Wildlife Services.

  • I don’t know if this theory of polar shift is true or not, (well we know is true but we don’t know when and how much) but there is a definite change and disturbing events in the weather pattern around the globe, serious enough  for me to stop and pay attention to non mainstream opinion.
    the childish response to this article, make me worry about, the ability and willingness  of  the current civilization, (homos modernum)  been able and willing to find a solution, in the event that any of the possible theory presented, to be the real one and some of the theory that are presented are from various scientist that know more than me and look very plausible.
    (My opinion)  pay less attention to commercials, politics, Mc donald and Coke  and look where you put your foot