Update

Posting will be limited until 10th December due to my internet bandwidth being consumed by many apples wanting to update my iOs versions, on top of migrating to Yosemite.

As a distraction you might want to read the various posts at Malaga Bay, though Tim seems to have a healthy disrespect of the geological profession, and pseudoscience in general.

He has reported a tornado that hit Malaga Bay November 27, 2014, and in Australia the city of Brisbane was hit by a violent storm and golf-call sized hail stones.

As previously mused here, my explanation is that these violent storms are due to excess protons in the ionosphere reaching the negatively charged earth with tornados being Birkeland currents, and proton rich rain a continuation of the charge movement once the tornado made electrical contact with the earth’s surface. The rain starts when the tornado makes landfall and the increased resistance of land slowing down or stopping the Birkeland current, but proton rich rain continues to move towards the earth.

This interpretation assumes that during the last week, or so, that the Earth was affected by a solar CME or some surge in the solar wind.

Not having the internet bandwidth to do serious information trawling at the moment, this remains a muse.

Another good blog is Tallbloke’s.

Other than that I am busy slashing the paddocks on the farm.

About Louis Hissink

Retired diamond exploration geologist. I spent my professional life looking for mineral deposits, found some, and also located a number of kimberlites in NSW and Western Australia. Exploration geology is the closest one can get to practicing the scientific method, mineral exploration always being concerned with finding anomalous geophysical or geochemical data, framing a model and explanation for the anomaly and then testing it with drilling or excavation. All scientific theories are ultimately false since they invariably involved explaining something with incomplete extant knowledge. Since no one is omniscient or knows everything, so too scientific theories which are solely limited to existing knowledge. Because the future always yields new data, scientific theories must change to be compatible with the new data. Thus a true scientist is never in love with any particular theory, always knowing that when the facts change, so too must he/she change their minds.
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