Off The Editor’s Desk – 1-17-2018

Off The Editor’s Desk – 1-17-2018

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The Weather!

If you have trouble talking about anything, you can always talk about politics or the weather.

In the last month, we have had at least 20 plus days that the temperature in our area has been below freezing with several days where it was 20 below zero in the morning and barely crawling back to zero by mid-afternoon.

It seems that for more than the last couple of decades, an election cycle can’t go by without some politician bringing up that the earth is getting warmer and we need to stop burning fossil fuels.

President Trump is saving the coal industry after President Obama turned our power supply toward wind and solar. In my humble opinion wind and solar are neither cost effective or reliable, but maybe in the future they might be. In any event, we still need some sort of backup source of power to cover wind and solar when the sun doesn’t shine or the wind stops blowing.

I like nuclear power, even with its safety issues and the cost of building a generating plant; it is still our best source of power.

Last week, President Trump and the Prime Minister of Norway (Solberg) held a news conference and she related that Norway has sufficient hydropower to meet their needs.

So is it the United States that has to cut back on burning fuels to save the planet from Global Warming? Or is it just a tool for some politician to get votes, by scaring us that the world will flood from the melting ice cap.

Now comes a story that will have us making a woodpile big enough to heat our homes for the next fifty years.

Kukil Baora, writing in the International Business Times states: “Amid rising concerns over the effects of global warming, a group of scientists has claimed that the earth could in a little over a decade be hit by a ‘mini ice age’ that would freeze major rivers.

“The startling predication is based on a mathematical model of the Sun’s magnetic energy which also suggests that Earth’s temperature will then start dropping in 2021. The plummeting temperature will then lead to something called the ‘Maunder minimum’, which is referred to a previous mini ice age that occurred between 1646 and 1715, turning London’s Thames into a frozen river, scientists claimed.

“The latest research, led by math professor Valentina Zharkova at Northumbria University, (England, UK) is built on a previous research that predicts the movement of two magnetic waves produced by the Sun. It also foretells rapidly decreasing magnetic waves for three solar cycles that will begin in 2021, and lasts for as many as 33 years.

“According to the model, the two magnetic waves will become increasingly offset during Cycle 25, which peaks in 2022. During Cycle 26 between 2030 and 2040, the waves will become out of sync, causing reduction in solar activity by as much as 60 percent.”

Now if you can understand any that information, you are way ahead of me, but just maybe the earth is set on a course of cooling.

Although Zharkova claimed 97 percent accuracy for the model that corresponds to previous mini ice ages, she did warn that her model could not be used as proof of a future mini ice age, partly because of global warming.

Thanks for reading!   ~ Carlton [/emember_protected]