Coming Ice Age
Prophecy - Signs
Thursday, May 10, 2012
And if you believe that, I would like to sell you the London Bridge. But just 35 years ago, the coming ice age was the big concern. I was taking an oceanography course at N.C. State in 1973, and the ice age theory was getting government-granted all over the country. Environmental scientists at major and non-major universities received tax paid funding to “prove” this new theory to be correct. It’s amazing what scientists can “prove” if they are funded to do so. Free money for the researchers, at our expense.
Solar activity, sunspots and coronal mass ejections (CME), increases and decreases in an eleven-year cycle. We are entering the peak time in the present cycle, 2012-2013; and present solar activity is record-setting. At the peak time in the eleven-year cycle, the sun is covered with sunspots. Five-and-a- half years later, at the lowest point of activity, there may be no sunspots for weeks; and occasionally for years.
TIME’s concern about a return of The Little Ice Age was certainly premature, as historical records indicate that the Earth has been warming since the BIG Ice Age ended 13,000 years ago. Most of the northern hemisphere was covered with glaciers at that time.
The Little Ice Age occurred from approximately 1550 AD to 1850 AD according to NASA, though the dates vary, depending on who is doing the research. The phenomenon affected most of the Earth, especially Europe and the United States. If you ever read 1776 by David McCullough, the devastating effects of The Little Ice Age on George Washington’s Continental Army were profound. Soldiers stood watch at night, only to be found the next morning, frozen solid. The Delaware River was covered in ice, and several of Washington’s troops froze to death before the crossing could be completed. In Europe, snow remained on the ground through the summer.
So what caused this aberration? Just prior to The Little Ice Age, there had been unprecedented warm temperatures, sort of like now. Then the Maunder Minimum happened. I write about it in my first novel.
Excerpt from THE END The Book: Part One, Page 95
Chuck needed the money and knew he would make the sell. One needs money if one has a cocaine and alcohol habit. He made good money, but his alcohol-thing and his coke-thing were very expensive, not to mention chasing all those skirts around the nightlife of Raleigh and Chapel Hill. He needed the money, but he didn’t need what happened next.
Solar activity peaks every eleven years, the peak having much sunspot activity and the non-peak having almost none. So far activity had been slow for the past two years, much slower than normal. Low sunspot activity was not unheard of but was not common by any means. Many astrophysicists believed that increased sunspot activity leads to climate warming, and low activity leads to climate cooling. Sunspot activity generated more heat radiation, so it only made sense: More solar radiation equals a warmer Earth. Earth had experienced a prolonged spell of minimum sunspot activity from the 1600s to the mid-1700s. This period of extremely low sunspot activity became known as the Maunder Minimum, named after British astronomer Edward Maunder and was later described as the Little Ice Age.
The Little Ice Age followed an extraordinary three hundred year warm spell starting in 1400 and lasting to the advent of the Little Ice Age.
It was during the latter part of the Little Ice Age that the Revolutionary War was fought, George Washington losing many of his soldiers to the extreme cold. There were instances of soldiers on guard duty who froze to death during their watch. The Rhine River in France remained frozen until mid-summer.
Though not a Maunder Minimum, the first decade of the new millennium, from 2001-2010 experienced incredibly little sunspot activity, leading many scientists to believe that global warming was a thing of the past. That was not to be however, with sunspot activity beginning to increase rapidly, almost exponentially, after 2010.
Chuck had no idea that this cycle happened, nor did he really care, had never even heard of an eleven-year solar cycle. He just knew it was the hottest weather he could ever remember. He didn’t keep up with the news, except business news and anything to do with scantily clad women. He did visit his favorite news site on the internet each day, the Barbra Streisand web page.
Edward Walter Maunder (1851-1928), a British astronomer obsessed with sunspot activity and the solar magnetic cycle, was a Biblical scholar and a college dropout. He was also one heck of an astronomer.
In 1890, Maunder was instrumental in the establishment of the British Astronomical Association. Though Galileo was the first astronomer to intensively study sunspot activity, Heinrich Schwabe was the first to note a sine-wave cycle of no sunspots to lots of sunspots, every ten years, very close to the eleven year cycle that we now know. Schwabe wrote about the theory in an article, “Solar Observations in 1843.”
During Maunder’s observations, he was the first to note the strange occurrence of inactivity on the sun for 70 years, from 1645 to 1715. There were hardly any sunspots during this period. Oddly, this was the same period of the coldest temperatures experienced in The Little Ice Age. During a 30-year time span within the Maunder Minimum, observers only noted 50 sunspots. There should have been 40,000-50,000.
That was then; this is now.
On February 15, 2011, just as this 11-year solar cycle began to approach maximum activity in 2013, if the science holds, the largest solar flare in four years generated a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) which hurtled toward earth at one million miles per hour. As scientists at Goddard Space Flight Center held their collective breaths, the CME on February 16 hit the Earth’s magnetic field at a glancing blow, rather than head-on. Lucky for us.
Then there was the CME of 1859. The CME of 1859 would have been catastrophic had it hit today. A telegraph worker was killed and a telegraph office caught fire as the invisible cloud of plasma electrified Earth’s magnetic field. Aurora Boreali were seen as far south as Jacksonville, Florida. There were actually two CMEs, five times more powerful that the one described above, February, 2011.
In our present-day world, a world that can’t survive without electronics and electricity, a CME like the one in 1859, would cripple large areas of the globe; and according to leading Helio-seismologists, it is only a matter of time. Electric grids will go out, transformers will explode and battery-backups won’t backup for long. Generators at hospitals and grocery stores will run out of diesel or natural gas, leaving our world with no food, no easily accessible water and no medical. Not good. Do you feel better now?
I haven’t really found much scripture relating to a “cold” climate or a Little Ice Age in our future; but there are Biblical indications that things will get warmer, much warmer.
“The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and the sun was allowed to scorch people with fire.” Revelation 16:8 (NIV)
“But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.” 2 Peter 10 (NIV)
“Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. 2 Peter 11-12 (NIV)
Is global warming happening today? I don’t know how anyone looking at annual, world-wide temperature data could think otherwise. I have watched that data since 1979 because of my “real” job, and the trend is upward. The trend has been “upward” for 10,000 years, other than small aberrations like The Little Ice Age. Otherwise we would still be covered with glaciers. The point is, the ice melted because the globe has been warming for thousands of years, as long as there are sunspots. There are a lot right now.
Is man “causing” it? That’s very doubtful. Man is a miniscule contributor to the cause; because the world-wide atmosphere is huge. One volcanic eruption puts more sulphur dioxide (SO2) in the air than all the cars, trucks, SUVs, mini-bikes and lawnmowers in a year. A regional forest fire emits more CO2 (carbon dioxide) into the atmosphere in a week than regional motor vehicle traffic does in a year.
All that is irrelevant when it comes to the damage a Coronal Mass Ejection can cause.
What would you do if the electricity went off and stayed off. Not for days but years. What would you eat or drink if the water and food couldn’t make it to your home?
The Al Gorists of the world blame man and ignore God’s predictions in the Bible, but then they don’t read that kind of stuff. They are just too important. And smart. However, there is a growing number of academia who are beginning to figure it out. The sun is getting warmer, and there’s nothing we can do about it.
Al should have watched this video from NOVA.
My suggestion: Develop better air conditioning, build underground housing and buy a helmet.
About J.L. Robb
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