The Usual Saturday News

Let’s admit it the news these days is just boring and at times beyond believable….honestly most of it is garbage.

So on Saturday’s I try to let my readers know some of the news that did not make the national news….

First of all for the last few years we have had the warmest Summers on history and 2023 will be no different….

The El Nino climate phenomenon helped make 2016 the hottest year on record—and its return later this year could bring even higher temperatures amid “unprecedented heatwaves,” scientists say. Forecasters say the pattern in the Pacific Ocean, which affects conditions around the world, is set to flip from El Nina to El Nino, the warmer part of the cycle, making extreme weather worse, the Guardian reports. El Nina and El Nino events tend to develop during the spring and reach peak intensity during the winter before dying down by summer, per IFLScience, meaning any temperature records set in 2023 are likely to be broken in 2024. The cycle has been in the El Nina phase since late 2020.

Scientists say El Nino is likely to bring world temperatures 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and into territory that climate agreements have sought to avoid. “We know that under climate change, the impacts of El Nino events are going to get stronger, and you have to add that to the effects of climate change itself, which is growing all the time,” says Adam Scaife, head of long-range prediction at the UK Met Office. “You put those two things together, and we are likely to see unprecedented heatwaves during the next El Nino.” In the US, El Nino tends to bring hotter and drier weather to northern states and wetter weather to southern states.

“We suggest that 2024 is likely to be off the chart as the warmest year on record,” American climate scientist James Hansen said last year, per the Guardian. “Without inside information, that would be a dangerous prediction, but we proffer it because it is unlikely that the current La Nina will continue a fourth year. Even a little futz of an El Nino—like the tropical warming in 2018-19, which barely qualified as an El Nino—should be sufficient for record global temperature.” Climate scientist Wenju Cai tells Australia’s 9News that with so much heat stored in the equatorial Pacific during three years of El Nina, “an El Nino is readily triggered by relaxation of the trade winds over the region.”

Something to either dread or look forward to…depends on your attitude.

How about an alien space probe?

Ask a hundred scientists what first contact with an alien civilization would look like, and you’ll get back a hundred different answers. Futurism put forth the scientific theory of how humanity would react to an alien probe, and how strangely, the second probe might be the most important. Due to the reality of traveling light-years through space, the first probe to arrive on Earth may not be the first one that was sent in our direction.

University of California astronomer Graeme Smith recently published a paper going over the mind-bending thought exercise. Smith explains that first contact may come about from an ancient artifact drifting through space. That assumption assumes that an alien civilization sends out a probe as soon as they are capable, without waiting for sufficient interstellar travel technology. This is of course, what humans did with the Voyager spacecraft, which were sent out without the intention of being a probe, but prepared with a golden disc of information just in case.

The sheer distance of objects in space, which is so vast even reaching Mars, the closest planet to Earth, is realistically beyond the average human lifespan, makes it likely that it won’t be the first, second, or even third, probe that will reach us, but the two-hundredth. If an alien species continues to develop and refine their space-faring technology, it is likely that a probe sent in 14,000 years would arrive at the same time here as Voyager 2, launched in 1977, would on their planet.

Scientists Worried About Alien Probes