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Friday, July 14, 2017

Climate change: Why is the weather so extreme?

Ed. Note:  This article was originally published in mid-July 2017, before hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, before the extreme wildfire activity in California and British Columbia, along with numerous other extreme weather events up to the present time.  I have made some changes but the essence of the story remains:  Climate is changing, become more aware and make decisions about how you will deal with these changes.

     Welcome to another edition of 5D times, and our ongoing journey forward.  Today we are going to focus on the planet itself, our beloved Earth and the many changes that are occurring.  Many would say things are hurtling out of control at a frightening pace.  Some even claim that we've passed the point of no return and are heading for a great extinction event.  While challenges will be constant in the coming years, it is not something to go into fear about, rather it is an opportunity to become aware of planetary change as a good thing, a necessary thing and to go with the flow of it rather than go into panic.

     As I am writing this it was just announced that the "Larsen C" iceberg finally calved off of its ice shelf and has now become the biggest ice cube on the planet, roughly the same size as the state of Delaware or twice the size of London.  Very, very big!  The Larsen ice shelf has been splitting off in grand fashion for over 15 years now and this is the 3rd major iceberg to come off in that time.  Meanwhile, in Greenland the ice sheet there is melting at a rapid pace, pouring millions of tons of fresh water into the ocean.  The North Pole as well is warming and the formation of ice is greatly reduced there.  The North Pole has no land mass beneath it, while the South Pole is a continent roughly the 75% of the size of South America.  Most of the world's ice is located there in thick sheets several km thick.
     So we have much melting occurring and sea levels have risen approximately 2.5 inches (6.3cm) in the last 25 years alone.  This is due to both the melting ice plus the thermal expansion of water as the sea temperature has risen slightly as well.  You can see from this graph that sea levels have been relatively stable over the last 8000 years or so, but have risen over a 100 meters since the last glacial maximum of the most recent ice age.
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     There is evidence that sea levels have risen and fallen over many thousands of years, sometimes slowly, sometimes very quickly.  Here in Texas one can see evidence of ancient shorelines many miles inland and in other places around the world this is also known.  If the pace of warming and melting was to continue unabated then life as we have known it would be radically different in 50-75 years time, and that may come to pass.  However, I would like to paint a picture of a different scenario that has also been put forth and offer some new ways of looking at this situation we all face in order to generate some new ideas to consider.

Global warming or global cooling?

     As most of us know, there has been  fierce debate about global warming over the last 20 years.  What many don't know is that there was an equally strong debate about global cooling beginning in the 1920's up through the 1970's.  None of those scenarios proposed came to be, so people discredited those scientists and thinkers and then the debate switched to global warming.  It's been easy to see why, as we have direct evidence of warming across the planet and increased climate instability (flooding, fires, droughts).  In fact, 16 of 17 of our warmest years on record have been since the year 2000!  

     As you can see from this chart there have been 4 major glacial periods over the last 450,000 years.  Currently we are reaching a new peak of temperature as we have been in a "mild" period.  It has been much hotter than it is now, and it has been much cooler.  The question is "Is human influenced behavior adding to the problem or is it just the Earth herself?"  To that I would give 2 answers:  first, yes by human activity over the past 200 years of burning coal, oil and natural gas we have indeed added significantly to the global CO2 (carbon dioxide) to the atmosphere.  Many postulate that we've created a runaway greenhouse effect and now we are doomed to an ever warming planet.  As you can see above, the planet knows what it is doing.  We have yet to prove definitively that this increase in this one gas is the trigger for calamity.  And many would agree that this is far from truth.  Second, I assert that the planet is doing this warming trend primarily on its own, and this would occur whether or not there were human intervention.  Surely there weren't many humans on the planet 200 to 300,000 years ago, and yet there were these huge climate cycles.  So which way is this going to go?  Ever hotter for the next century, or a plunge in temperatures at some point in the near future of the next few decades?

     Global climate is very hard to predict because we have limited data and not a full explanation of how weather works.  There are so many variables that even our best supercomputers cannot fully model it yet.  There are other factors as well, primarily the cycles of the Sun.  Currently we are entering a period called the Maunder minimum, which is part of an 11 year cycle of decreased activity of the Sun itself.  The radiation from the Sun definitely impacts the ocean currents which cycle hot and cold water around the planet.  Again, we really don't understand yet the exact processes of how the Sun operates, we know what we know and perhaps there is still more to know?  Cooling periods have spontaneously appeared after a volcanic eruption for example.  The year 1816 was what the Europeans called the year without a summer.  It is suspected to be caused by the eruption of Mt. Tambora in Indonesia in April 1815.  It was felt also in N. America.  I personally experienced the summer of 1994 in Michigan as one where the temperature barely reached 70F (20C) all season and it was due to the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in the Philippines spewing sulfur dioxide into the upper atmosphere and lowering the amount of solar radiation reaching the northern USA that year.  Now many will argue that if the sun was the culprit then why is the upper atmosphere cooling while the lower atmosphere gets warmer?  Perhaps there are radiations from the sun that we have not yet identified, that intimately interact with all of its planets and we just don't have a way to measure it yet.  Now lets take a look at how the oceans work briefly:

Here's a general map of global circulation of water, the main temperature regulator on the planet.  These powerful currents of water keep the USA and Europe warm.  There have been times when this flow has been disrupted for a period, and that alters the climate of large areas of the planet to get cooler, or hotter depending on the area.  Since 2005 there have been reports that this circulation pattern has been weakening in the North Atlantic and thereby there could come a time when this current is disrupted, causing a quick decrease in temperatures, hopefully for only a short period.  Keep in mind that I come from a position of knowing that the Earth has it's own consciousness, and that it's intent is to hold a higher vibratory field that will allow greater consciousness to be expressed by it's inhabitants, mainly us.  It's intent is not to wipe us out, like so many sci-fi fantasy movies like to depict.  I will give 2 reasons why we are so transfixed on disaster scenarios.  First, as a human species we have an overly strong focus on fear.  We simply don't yet trust that the vibratory field of love is what really runs things, even though we might know this intellectually.  We need to feel this in our hearts, in our bellies as we ground this awareness into our beings.  Second, many if not all of us hold in our energy fields, cellular memories of great calamities in times gone past, not just Atlantis and Lemuria but all through history there have been times when there was war, famine, pestilence, etc.  The most recent major global calamity besides the world wars was the 1918-19 influenza epidemic which killed an estimated 100 million people and in present time we have a hard time remembering consciously these things, however the cells of our bodies always remember.

Recent data
     Recently (April 2018)  the journal Nature published an article highlighting this exact issue.  Here's the link:  The last time that they say it weakened was during the "Little Ice Age" period around the year 1850 that lasted for several decades and brought longer winters to England.  This could be strong evidence that many in the northern hemisphere are going to have longer, colder climates for an extended period - several decades at least.  We can also look to a weakening of the AMOC (Gulf Stream) as making it much easier for Arctic cold to migrate further south than normal and for longer periods of time.

The metaphysical community speaks     

     Among well known U.S. based teachers and channels there has been much to say about upcoming Earth challenges.  For example, in May 2017, the Group, channeled by Steve Rother,  predicted a major ice age within 50 years, probably wiping out most of humanity.  They indicated that it wasn't supposed to happen for another 1000 years but events had pushed it forward.  If that is the case, we're all in trouble.

     I refuse to accept a doomsday scenario is what is in store.  For many years I've listened to and contemplated the channels of Kryon via Lee Carroll and found them to be remarkably accurate.(  At first it took me several years to even accept channeling as a real thing and several more to learn to appreciate how to listen to the information given and interpret it.  What this being has recently said continues to support assertions it made nearly a decade ago, that we are heading into a period of a mini ice age that will last several decades.  It is always preceded by a warming period.   This cycle, Kryon says, is part of a refreshing of the ocean waters to support life.  He gave an excellent analogy and anyone who has cared for fish in tanks knows this.  Despite all of the filters and water treatments that one can apply, eventually the old water has to be disposed of so that new water to support the fish can be poured back into the tank.  This is exactly what is happening with global warming and melting ice.  "New water" from the ice is entering the water circulatory system of the planet, providing oxygenation, nutrients and minerals to the water.  The alchemy of water is that it moves in great cycles- in the ice, and filtered through the earth in great aquifers, getting purified and restored.  

     Presently, the first half of this mini-cycle is underway.  We've had massive warming for 20+ years and this will probably continue for another 10 more years.  Then, after that we will likely see a significant cooling period, akin to the one experienced in Europe in the early 1800's.(Look up mini ice age)  There are also well documented short cooling periods of several decades occurring in the early 1600's and around the 14th century as well.  The Roanoke colony of Virginia in the late 1580's was abandoned after such a period when it wasn't feasible to farm crops to survive due to the worst 3 year drought in 800 years.  This was confirmed by tree ring records.  We also have records of droughts cycling several times a century in different parts of North America as well as other areas.

    Now in summary Kryon says that indeed we are in this cycle and it will switch from hot to cold.  This could mean that it is triggered by volcanic eruptions or a shift of ocean currents as I have previously mentioned.  Or it could come in a completely unknown way.  I am betting that this is going to occur within the next few decades and it will have implications world-wide.  My guess is that there have never been this many humans on the planet when this cycle happens, so it is going to have much greater impacts because the population is so much larger.


     Our human bodies are designed to operate well with temperatures of 30-90F (0-32C).  We can still function in a reduced manner beyond those temperatures, but beyond a certain limit life becomes unbearable.  Similarly, our energy production systems also cannot function well in extreme environments.  In times of extreme climate change our electric grid system (used across the world) is subject to failure.  There have been many incidences of brown-outs and black-outs in the USA and abroad.  The most recent blackout of the Northeast USA and Midwest occurred in 2003 and wasn't even climate related.  It resulted in nearly 60 million people losing power on during a warm summer week for up to 3 days.  A significant climate shift to either hotter or cooler could disable large portions of electricity generation in affected areas.  As I witnessed firsthand in 2003, what we take for granted can be gone in a moment.  Thankfully that situation was easy because it was short lived and during the summer, but a disruption like that in the winter would have killed many people.

     It is going to be impossible for most to get off of the grid should it fail for a period of time, the question is can people survive in cities for weeks without power if they have not found a way to generate there own?  Probably not.  So in response here in the USA we have the "Prepper" movement.  Thankfully we also have a wide array of ways to generate power without having fuel delivered, such as solar and wind.  Here is a graph to show where we are currently in the United States:

If any of the systems that delivered fuel to power generation plants for the electric grid were to be impeded, you could see that there would be little way around replacing lost generating capacity.  While renewable energy options are increasing in popularity, we are still mired in a fossil-fuel paradigm.  Nuclear isn't an answer either.  The average age of our nuclear plants is 36 years and their operating certificates only run for 40 years.   This means that extensions will have to be given to maintain that 9% share they account for, and in 20 more years we will have plants that are two decades older.  More than likely some of them will have to be decommissioned.  Until we find a new way of generating power we will have to continue to evolve the systems we have to be able to function adequately during a major climate shift. 

     I have shown you a lot of facts to give you an idea of the scope and complexity of climate change and how potentially vulnerable we might be to having disruptions in energy generation.  What I am saying is that climate change is going to tax the systems we have in place to generate our power, either if it keeps getting hotter, or we go into a cooling phase.  While this won't affect the entirety of people, it is likely to affect hundreds of millions directly and the rest of us indirectly.  The shift that the planet is undergoing will not be easy or convenient for many of us.  I am issuing this information because there still is plenty of time to consider options for living choices in the upcoming years.  

     It seems to me that most of us are aware that we are not in harmony with the planet.  With what can be seen it's hard to stomach the rate of negative news of what is happening.  There are bright spots, the push towards renewable energy that doesn't put more carbon into the atmosphere, the Paris climate accords, people planting millions of trees around the world are a number that come to mind.  I feel that people in general want to have a healthy, clean and safe environment for themselves and their children, they just don't know exactly how to get there.  The time of facing up to what is unfolding whether we like it or not is now.  

What to expect

     We will continue to have more pronounced swings in weather that we have been experiencing already.  Already this summer (2017)here in Austin Texas we have reached our average number of 100F days (13) and we still have two months of summer to go.  In our record year of 2011 there were 73 days above 100F.  The hot seasons will generally be hotter and drier for 5-10 more years.  The oceans will continue to adjust, there may be more storms that will cause more regular flooding to many coastal cities.  At first it will seem to be an irritation, but after a while it will likely intensify in number, so that events that happened only every 100 years may be happening annually.  People will have time to adjust and make decisions of how they will approach things.  

     As things become more apparent, there will be a massive push from society at all levels to come to some new decisions about what is occurring.  We will redirect a lot of our energy and efforts to creating solutions on how to adapt to this "new normal".  There will be voluntary and involuntary migrations of people to locations less affected by the changes.  This will likely look like people moving inland away from flood prone areas, as well as people moving away from areas where the temperatures are too high or too cold.  If the mini ice age theory comes to pass, it will still be livable, even with years of relatively mild temperatures, and there will likely be much shorter summer seasons in areas north of 35-40 degrees of latitude.  Pay attention, and trust your intuition about what might be right for you.  Keep in mind that the scenario I am laying out begins in 10-15 years.  If all goes well, we may be at a point of climate re-stabilization in 30-40 years, so this is something that I hope the younger generations will take to heart.  We only need to awaken a small percentage of humanity to create a massive positive transition on this planet.  We are that powerful.  We are not victims of climate change, we are participants in a vast re-ordering of how life will be expressed on this planet in the coming century.  It is not the end, it is the beginning of something new and heretofore unknown by us in modern times.

     Rest easy.  Live life lightly as you go about your business.  The 5th dimension is bringing wholesale change to the planet and to humanity.  Trust that you will be in the right places at the right times and you will.  Resist the temptation to go into fear or anxiety about change.  We all knew at some higher level that being on the planet at this time was going to be very profound.  Empower yourself through your own intuition, research and knowing.  It is an exciting time to be a creator on the planet right now!

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