posted on Jun, 26 2010 @ 11:00 AM
Recently Chad interrupted a CNN broadcast to express his concern of upcoming events. The video is nowhere to be found, however I did find the
VELSHI: All right. Chad comes up with some crazy stuff. OK? And we just let him be Chad, because that's what he is. But this one he's got me on.
He's telling me the sun is sleeping and is going to wake up.
Is this some kind of fairy tale? What is up with this?
CHAD MYERS, CNN METEOROLOGIST: I hope it's a fairy tale. I hope it doesn't happen.
VELSHI: All right. Because the sun looks just fine to me.
MYERS: It does. Do you know what a CME is?
MYERS: Come on. You know what CME is, Chicago Mercantile Exchange.
VELSHI: Oh, yes. Of course.
MYERS: Coronal Mass Ejection. Big solar storms.
Now, you have to realize that the sun is a big round ball, and you can get an ejection to go one way, completely nowhere near where the Earth is. The
Earth is over here, the ejection goes that way. We don't even care about it.
MYERS: But the sun is about to wake up. According to scientists and according to NOAA --
VELSHI: Is this one of these ejections?
MYERS: That is one, the Coronal Mass Ejection going out, and the plasma and all those other things that are spitting out from the sun. The sun has not
done a lot of ejecting the past couple of years.
VELSHI: OK. All right.
MYERS: But we could be in to a 100-year kind of storm, 100-year flood kind of cycle with these ejections coming out of the sun.
Now, why do we care?
VELSHI: Yes. Good question.
MYERS: Because we have thousands of satellites in space that are at risk of being literally overloaded with power, overloaded with energy by these
VELSHI: But I was going to ask you, is this heat or is this energy? What is this?
MYERS: It's energy.
VELSHI: OK. All right.
MYERS: It's energy coming out, and we know it. And all the people around the world will know these CMEs as -- what do you see when you go up into
northern Canada in the summertime?
VELSHI: The northern lights.
MYERS: Yes, exactly, the northern lights. But sometimes northern lights can make their way all the way down into the mid- latitudes.
VELSHI: That's right.
MYERS: When that's happening, there's energy coming in to the ionosphere. The ionosphere protects us.
VELSHI: Right. I see. OK.
MYERS: We're not going to know that CME occurred technically
VELSHI: So the idea is that there are going to be more-there's a concern among scientists that the sun is going to start
VELSHI: Spewing off more of these things.
MYERS: Yes ejecting these things out. Yes.
VELSHI: Is-do we, do we have a projections or is this-I mean are they just saying we're due for one.
MYERS: We're due. Within (ph) within there's a big meeting in Chicago about this. What's going to go on? How many of these are going to come and do
they have the potential to affect the earth, absolutely they do. First you'll lose your satellite you may lose GPS. You'll probably lose satellite
TV because they're going to have to start shutting the satellites down in safe mode before the CME's get here. So it's going to be--our whole world
VELSHI: Do we have stuff that gauges these CME's? I mean we have technology that does that?
MYERS There is a new weather space weather agency, by NASA and the kind of-NASA and NOAA putting the space (INAUDBILE) --, they want to know before it
gets here, is it on its way.?
Kind of like a hurricane.
VELSHI: I'm taking you can't do anything about this.
VELSHI: It's not sunscreen
MYERS: You know, Bruce Willis can do a lot of things, he can move asteroids, he should have been able to stop the oil leak.
But he can't stop.
VELSHI: This is--this is not related to global warming, this is an unrelated phenomenon entirely.
MYERS Correct. Except that the sun because the sun hasn't been shooting out energy pockets in different direction, has been a little but warmer that
was just proved last week. But the sun has just a touch warmer the past couple of years so maybe that's why we're seeing our warmest years ever. We
get some of these shooting out maybe toward Mars, maybe Mars will have some global warming.
VELSHI: If you weren't right as much as you are, you would be one crazy cat. You come up with crazy stuff. But I'm glad you tell us about this. This
is what off the radar is. Chad knows crazy stuff. And he's right most of the time. Good to see you my friend.
MYERS: Good to see you. Good to be back.