Earth’s magnetic poles could be getting ready to flip, says SWARM manager

Our magnetic field is weakening ten times faster than thought!

8 July 2014 – Earth’s magnetic field, which protects the planet from huge blasts of radiation, has been weakening over the past six months, says

Magnetometers onboard Swarm satellites — three separate satellites placed in orbit by the European Space Agency (ESA) — show that Earth’s magnetic field is weakening at the rate of 5 percent per decade, 10 times faster than thought.

Previously, researchers had estimated that the field was weakening about 5 percent per century. This indicates that a full-fledged magnetic reversal could happen sooner than anyone thought.

Red shades show areas where Earth’s magnetic field has strengthened over the past six months. Blue shades show areas that are weakening. Credit: ESA/DTU

“The scientists who conducted the study are still unsure why the magnetic field is weakening, but one likely reason is that Earth’s magnetic poles are getting ready to flip, said Rune Floberghagen, the ESA’s Swarm mission manager.”

“Such a flip is not instantaneous, but would take many hundred if not a few thousand years,” Floberghagen told Live Science. “They have happened many times in the past.”

If you’ve read either “Not by Fire but by Ice” or “Magnetic Reversals and Evolutionary Leaps,” you know that I completely disagree with that statement. Studies at Steens Mountain, central Oregon, have shown that magnetic reversals may have occurred in as few as 30 days.

“There is no evidence that a weakened magnetic field would result in a doomsday for Earth,” the Live Science article continues. “During past polarity flips there were no mass extinctions or evidence of radiation damage. Researchers think power grids and communication systems would be most at risk.”

Again, if you’ve read either of my books, you know that I completely disagree with those statements, too.

Along with other catastrophic events, I think I make a good case that magnetic reversals trigger ice ages, extinctions, evolutionary leaps (via those increased blasts of mutation-causing radiation), ocean warming (via increased underwater volcanic activity), and vastly increased earthquake and volcanic activity.

These first results from Swarm were presented at the Third Swarm Science Meeting in Denmark on June 19.

See entire article:
Thanks to Jack Hydrazine, Thomas McHart and Robert Stom for this link

By the way, the article also mentions that “scientists think fluctuations in the magnetic field could help identify where continental plates are shifting and help predict earthquakes.” That is one statement that I think/hope could be true.


31 thoughts on “Earth’s magnetic poles could be getting ready to flip, says SWARM manager”

  1. Yeah, it is hypocritical of them to say on the one hand that Earth’s magnetic field protects us from all kinds of deadly radiation, but then on the other to say that a near zero-strength magnetic field wouldn’t affect life on Earth. Honestly, how can the scientists not see something that obvious?

    • They see it clearly.

      But if they admit that the magnetic field is essentially important as to what happens to our climate, then all of the global warming CO2 nonsense gets thrown out – and the funding stops.

      They can’t let that happen.

  2. Your book “Not by Fire” is one scary read. This paper doesn’t make me feel any better at all. Perhaps they were mistaken in the pace of the weakening because it has accelerated?

  3. well if th quake n plates theorys right, the ring of fire zone AND areas in usa are in for it
    oklahomas having near daily events and the cali coast mexico and sth american coastlines arent quiet either.
    west Aus has had a few reported and so has sth aus, and yet? usgs doesnt show them at all, yet theyre over 2.5 and reported in media here.
    personally I dont think it will be a slow smooth transition either.

  4. Imagine if the axis of rotation shifted away from where it is and closer to where the new magnetic pole is. Don’t know for sure if that is actually possible but if it was then antarctica could melt and for a time sea levels would rise. If one of the axis of rotation was on land one would get a new ice sheet but if both were at a ocean or sea then there might just be sea ice and a long term general rise in sea levels.
    Essentially the age of ice would be over.

    • Probably not Steven. The most stabilizing thing concerning the earth’s rotation and axial position is the existence, distance and mass / size of the Moon. Life here would be drastically different and maybe impossible w/o the Moon.

  5. Cold Polar Air Could Push As Far South As Texas
    And Set July Cold Records !!

    The summer-time version of the Polar Vortex is about to arrive next week, bringing unusually cold air to the Great Lakes and much of central North America.

    Climatologically the middle part of July is usually the warmest time of year in Northern Ontario. Temperatures typically climb into the mid 20s during the warmest time of the day, while overnight lows remain above +10°C.

    So this Polar Vortex couldn’t arrive at a worse time. Instead of warm summer-like conditions it will feel more like fall. Temperatures are likely to be 5-10°C below normal. This will keep daytime highs buried in the teens with overnight lows in the single digits. This cold air is expected to move as far south as Texas where record low temperatures could be broken.

  6. With this e.m. fieldmap of Earth, a global map should be overlaid , showing recent earthquake- and volcanic eruptions, aswell as peculiar weatherpatterns and weatherevents and see whether there’s some kind of correlation between weak magnetic areas and recent geo/climatic upheavals.
    That would seem a next logical step to take imo.

  7. Not Good Bob, The Sun’s magnetic fields that protect earth from cosmic rays from out side out our solar system is very weak. With the two fields weak, the earth and the sun Human society could be in for some very rough times ahead.
    The Sun’s polar field strength vrs time 1976 to present chart.
    The radiation environment of deep space is very different from that on the Earth’s surface or in low Earth orbit, due to the much larger flux of high-energy galactic cosmic rays (GCRs), along with radiation from solar proton events (SPEs) and the radiation belts.
    Galactic cosmic rays create a continuous radiation dose throughout the Solar System that increases during solar minimum and decreases during solar maximum (solar activity).

  8. I agree with Robert ,this could have significance when it comes to the cli if for no other reason it will amplify solar effects. Will effect geological activity .


  9. Headline:
    Poor man’s polar vortex to make shocking summer return in eastern U.S. next week

    …The pattern may last only a few days, but will probably set some records, especially around the Plains and Great Lakes – where water temperatures are still depressed from the frigid winter in which ice remained on Lake Superior into June…

    • How can this be? The world is supposed to be warming, say the credulous AGW alarmists. Not surprisingly, none of the doomsayers have done their homework. According to RSS temperature measurements, there’s been no warming in over 17 years. Solar cycle 24 will end with a whimper (still on track to match weak SC 5), and solar cycle 25 will take us into another long-term cool-down similar to the Dalton Minimum or Maunder Minimum.

      Global warming is the least of our worries.

  10. During a reversal, isn’t there at least an instant when the field is zero ? If so, get ready for the UVC.

  11. Sounds like a bunch of spin control to me…read between the lines its like they are warning you by telling you what it isn’t hoping people are smart enough to know they can’t come right out and say it…I think its a crypted message

  12. We all know that sooner or later this will be blamed on “Climate Change”. So I’ll be first, Oh My Gore, it’s Climate Change’s fault.

  13. Robert,
    Could you report on the recent news that the roads in Yellowstone are melting? ABC News actually gave a short report not long ago. Would love your thoughts.

  14. They know reversal records dont show thousands of years to reverse..they are scared and downplaying the whole reversal thing for the media release..So when it reverses catastrophically then Govt can say they dint tell us..UMmm yes…

    • Perhaps in a year they’ll be saying that Earth’s mag. field is weakening 100 times faster than previously thought. It could happen. 😉

  15. Correct me if I am wrong, but the magnetic field of the earth is a result of billions of amps flowing in the outer portion of the molten core. With that many amps flowing, eddy currents in the mantle and or crust are very likely. Eddy currents produce heat.

    If the magnetic field is dropping, doesn’t that likely imply that these electric currents are likely dropping and there is a very good likelihood that the eddy currents are dropping as well. Which means an overlooked source of heat is dropping also.

    Cooler, colder, even more colder.

  16. Doomsday not in the forecast MY ASS!!! The last time we had magnetic reversals most mammals died quickly!! I don’t know why these idiots keep lying about this. I think they’re just too chicken and too cowardly to tell us the truth about our horrifying upcoming extinction.

  17. Robert, for a while I observed that the sunflower stops rotating after the sun, after around 3.00 pm. Thereafter, the floral crown flip almost with 180 degrees from the sun. In other words, after 3.00 – 3.30 p.m., the sunflower became the “against-sun flower”.
    That’s what I noticed in my country, Romania … But perhaps this has occurred in other parts of the world, too (?)
    Do you think this weirdness could be a consequence of the weakening of the Earth magnetic field ?

  18. If you haven’t bought Robert’s two books – Ice Age Now and Magnetic Reversals/Evolutionary Leaps, do so NOW! You see, once you read these, it all starts to make sense.. those disparate, often seemingly unconnected fragments are all brought together.. and at least you will be better prepared for the forthcoming catastrophic events!

  19. I read nothing about what effect this changes have to us humans. Isn’t this effect easy to see iff you look at the world nowadays ?
    We will globally fight ourselves to death. It’s the effect of history for a new tomorrow for eternity of the cosmos. We only needed to be brainwashed wich was pretty easy because of our growing fear of death. In fact we brainwashed ourselves because of fear and it only needed a push. This push was nothing more then telling the truth in comparisons so we would not understand. And now because of highest needs this brainwash will correct itself in a third and last world war. The energy wich comes from this war will keep the earth vital enough in times she needs it most.

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