Nothing Crazy Happening

Reported as “crazy” and “weird”:

#1 Armies Of Locusts – As I detailed the other day, swarms of locusts the size of major cities have been devouring entire farms in Africa in as little as 30 seconds.  These swarms have also been spreading throughout the Middle East, and now we have learned that they have even reached China…

Oddly enough, I’ve actually seen a swarm of locusts.

It was back in the early 1950s, when I was about 5 years old, and we were living in the city of Asmara in Eritrea. One day the air was filled with a cloud of two or three-inch long locusts, all flying in the same direction, about five feet apart. They made a sort of rattling sound.

I stood in the garden as they flew past me, taking swipes at one or two of them as they passed by, but missing every time. I couldn’t see how far the swarm extended into the sky. But it took an hour or so to pass overhead. So I wouldn’t have been surprised if the swarm had covered most of the city. After it had passed there were quite a few dead or damaged locusts lying on the ground, that had presumably collided with houses or trees.

That particular swarm didn’t stop and eat anything. It was just passing through, probably because cities like Asmara didn’t have that many trees or plants for them to eat.

It’s a vivid childhood memory, along with lots of other vivid childhood memories.

I was told back then that such swarms weren’t uncommon. So it wasn’t “crazy” or “weird”. It’s only weird the first time you see it.

But these days more or less anything that happens gets called “crazy” or “weird” or “unprecedented.

#2 Extremely Bizarre Weather Patterns – It is almost as if virtually all of the old rules have suddenly been thrown out the window.  An all-time record 209 mph wind gust just hit Calfiornia, and absolutely crazy storms are happening all over the planet.  For example, just check out what just took place in Australia…

#3 Unprecedented Flooding – We are seeing unusual flooding all over the world right now, and the flooding that is devastating the southern U.S. at this moment is being called “unprecedented”…

#4 Major Earthquakes – Really big earthquakes are happening with such frequency now that it is very difficult for me to write about them all.  For example, a magnitude 7.7 quake recently struck off of the coast of Jamaica, but I have been so busy writing about other disasters that I have not even mentioned it until now…

#5 Unusual Volcanic Eruptions – Seismic activity has been rising all over the globe, and over the past couple of months we have seen volcanoes all over the world pop off like firecrackers.  One of the most notable eruptions that we have seen in recent days was the most powerful eruption of Mount Merapi in 90 years

Are any of these things really all that unusual?

It connects with my post yesterday, in which I asked if any of my readers has actually seen much climate change happening in their lifetime. Less than 5% said they had.

I think that the first time that anyone sees anything, it’s going to seem strange and unusual, and also memorable. The second time they see it, it will seem perfectly normal.

The first time I saw a swarm of locusts, it was something strange and unusual, and it’s a vivid memory of mine. If another one had come by a week later, I wouldn’t have been interested.

The first time I watched a steam engine pull into a station, yards away from me, its pistons and crankshafts turning the big steel wheels, blowing steam everywhere, it also left a vivid memory. I’m full of memories of things like this. Dead sharks on the beach. A crocodile in the bath. Stick insects. Lizards with two tails. Thunderstorms that blew down trees. Hot air balloons. Snow.

There’s nothing crazy happening. It just seems crazy to someone who has never seen it before.

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3 Responses to Nothing Crazy Happening

  1. garyk30 says:

    Tony Heller has a good take on this.

  2. Dirk says:

    off topic
    Scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have developed a device that uses a natural protein to produce electricity from moisture in the air. According to the researchers, the new technology can have important implications for the future of renewable energy, climate change and the future of medicine.

    The laboratories of electrical engineer Jun Yao and microbiologist Derek Lovley at UMass Amherst have designed a device that they call an ‘Air-gen’ (air-powered generator). This works with nanowires that conduct electrical current and that consist of protein produced by the bacterium Geobacter. The Air gene connects electrodes to the protein nanowires in such a way that electric current is generated from the water vapor that is present in the atmosphere.

    “We literally make electricity from nothing but air,” Yao said. “The Air generates clean energy 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

    The new technology developed at Yao’s lab is non-polluting, renewable and inexpensive, and can even generate power in areas with extremely low humidity such as the Sahara desert.

    It offers significant benefits over other forms of renewable energy, including solar and wind energy, Lovley said, since the Air-gen, unlike these other renewable energy sources, requires no sunlight or wind, and “even works indoors”.

    The Air Gene device only needs a thin film of protein nanowires, less than 10 microns thick, the researchers say. A micron is one thousandth of a millimeter. The bottom of the film rests on an electrode and a smaller electrode that covers only part of the nanowires is at the top.

    The film absorbs water vapor from the atmosphere. A combination of the electrical conductivity and the chemical properties of the surface of the protein wires, coupled to the fine pores between the nanowires in the film, create the conditions that generate an electrical current between the two electrodes.


  3. Rose says:

    I missed this before Christmas.

    Britain facing potato shortage after failure to dredge rivers led to flooding, NFU says
    12 November 2019

    “Britain could be facing a potato shortage after failure to dredge rivers led to flooding, the leader of the National Farmers’ Union has said, adding that water has been managed in a “disgraceful” way.
    Up to 50 per cent of this year’s crop is rotting in the ground because farmers have been unable to harvest, Minnette Batters the NFU president said, adding that she had “never seen so little winter planting in [her] working lifetime”.

    The UK is entirely self-sufficient in fresh potatoes,”

    It must be even worse now.

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