Electro magnetic effects in the atmosphere

30 October 2021
Electromagnetism

I never know whether to take Thunderbolts seriously as they present their electric universe theory as if it is fact rather than a theory. The electric universe is presented as if they have no doubts at all but there has to be something they say that is wrong, as human nature demands that to be so. Also, they have a habit of disparaging the scientific community which can hardly make friends. They also have a predilection to quote old dogmas and ignore modern papers on the subject. I can visualise a number of old duffers in Cosmology HQ giving the thumbs down to the latest research by younger scientists as they have grown accustomed to their views being in the ascendancy. However, the EU should try and situate itself at the apex of critical thinking on electromagnetic affairs rather than get bogged down in the quicksand of its own version of dogma.

I have noticed over the years that CMEs can pump a lot of energy into the earth system. It is probably no accident that modern global warming is perceived to have become a problem in the late 1990s and early 2000s when the sun was especially active. Lawrence Dixon wrote a lovely article on the subject of an active sun at this point in time in SIS Review many moons ago. However, that is not to say that CMEs and solar wind are the sources of climate on earth. Lots of other factors come into play. This is why the idea of global warming is absurd. You can't pin it down to this or that – and certainly not to co2. I was therefore quite pleased to read a couple of items in this week's Thunderbolts 'picture of the day' pieces. See www.thunderbolts.info/wp/2021/10/27/dawn-of-the-north-wind/ … and www.thunderbolts.info/wp/2021/10/28/gold-glamour-and-destruction-3/ … and you might be interested in reading this piece at www.wattsupwiththat.com/2021/10/31/climate-change-fueled-witch-hunts-the…

At the first link Stephen Smith and Wal Thornhill remark on a CME that occurred back in 2011 that caused aurorae to be seen as far south as Arkansas. Energetic ions streaming into earth's magnetic field excite atmospheric molecules to the point they emit various colours of light. Red frequencies in high altitude oxygen and green in low altitude oxygen. Blue from nitrogen. They then make a connection between the CME and a comet that ploughed into the corona of the sun just before the CME was ejected. This is an interesting idea but it needs some support rather than just saying comets burning up in the atmosphere of the sun can cause CMEs. Some other examples would have been nice. One can argue that comets regularly plough into the sun or break up in the process of getting too close as their orbit takes them around the sun. In fact, we have just witnessed a larger than normal [or larger than recent examples] CME last weekend. According to the hype when it erupted on the face of the sun people across Britain would have been able to see aurorae – but that didn't happen. It was a damp squib and doesn't seem likely to make an impression on climate.

The second link concerns the 19th century Carrington event – a really powerful solar flare that affected the earth in a number of ways, mostly electrical installations such as the telegraph system in the US. They expand on this by claiming it also lies at the root of a 9 magnitude earthquake in Turkey – which took place a couple of months prior to the flare. They even go on to make a link with a major storm event that struck the British and Irish coasts shortly after the flare, leading to a large loss of shipping and lives. This is used to say there is a direct link not just with tectonic events on earth, via electromagnetic effects connecting the atmosphere with the interior of the earth's crust, but with earth's weather – in various kinds of ways. One might expect some serious evidence to accompany the claim but that is not forthcoming. Therefore, the reader can only conclude it is a theory and move on. However, they also go on to associate a flu epidemic in 1859, the year of the Carrington event, with the sun – and the CME. Hoyle and Ramasinghe, on the other hand, have linked diseases from the atmosphere with passing comets – and meteors too [perhaps]. The problem Smith and Thornhill have is that CMEs cause energy to enter the earth's atmosphere, and we have had confirmation in a recent paper on the subject, but why would it cause a virus to spread around the globe – unless the virus already existed in the atmosphere. There was another big influenza epidemic in 1916 but that coincided with a cooling of the climate rather than a toasting climate – and what about Covid 19 [a new strain of virus related to influenza]. As far as I know, we have not had a big CME over the last few years. In fact, the sun has been unusually quiet. I've noticed that Covid 19 figures in Britain may ratchet up when we have a big splosh of rain. It could well be washed out of the atmosphere – but what put it into the atmosphere in the first place. One can say something similar about Bird Flu. However, drawing evidence from what is basically unproven inference is not facts. It has to be seriously researched by an atmospheric scientist. If it is in the atmosphere that might explain why it has occurred over certain trajectories, hitting some places hard and hitting others hardly at all. The same sort of scenario occurred with the 1916 epidemic according to Ramasinghe [see https://cosmictusk.com ]. Over time the virus would spread around the world but after a couple of years, it would weaken, as Covid may do next year. It's an interesting subject once again, but airing that subject is not of itself proof. Okay, mainstream won't countenance any kind of alternative idea to their view of viral disease spread – but that doesn't necessarily mean they are wrong. It just means they don't like ideas that run counter to what they were taught as students or developed as scientists. In fact, the second link appears to go at least one step too far, probably more than one to be fair.

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