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Kay
01-06-2011, 11:49 PM
http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/01/06/magnetic-north-pole-shifts-forces-closure-florida-airport/

Magnetic North Pole Shifts, Forces Runway Closures at Florida Airport
By Jeremy A. Kaplan
Published January 06, 2011
FoxNews.com

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The planet's northern magnetic pole is drifting slowly but steadily towards Russia -- and it's throwing off planes in Florida.

Tampa International Airport was forced to readjust its runways Thursday to account for the movement of the Earth's magnetic fields, information that pilots rely upon to navigate planes. Thanks to the fluctuations in the force, the airport has closed its primary runway until Jan. 13 to change taxiway signs to account for the shift, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

Gary A. Glatzmaier / UCSCA computer simulation shows the Earth's magnetic field lines and two poles, with blue lines directed inward and yellow lines directed outward. The planet's northern magnetic pole is drifting slowly but steadily towards Russia -- and it's throwing off planes in Florida.

Tampa International Airport was forced to readjust its runways Thursday to account for the movement of the Earth's magnetic fields, information that pilots rely upon to navigate planes. Thanks to the fluctuations in the force, the airport has closed its primary runway until Jan. 13 to change taxiway signs to account for the shift, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

The poles are generated by movements within the Earth's inner and outer cores, though the exact process isn't exactly understood. They're also constantly in flux, moving a few degrees every year, but the changes are almost never of such a magnitude that runways require adjusting, said Paul Takemoto, a spokesman for the FAA.

The magnetic fields vary from place to place. Adjustments are needed now at airports in Tampa, but they aren't immediately required at all airports across the country. So just how often is something like this necessary? "It happens so infrequently that they wouldn't venture a guess," Takemoto told FoxNews.com. "In fact, you're the first journalist to ever ask me about it."

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It wasn't immediately clear when or even if changes would be required at other airports. And even the rate of change is inconsistent, McKee said, noting that it's changing much more quickly at the poles themselves.

Beyond just sliding around the planet, the magnetic north and south poles have been known to completely flip as well; these reversals, recorded in the magnetism of ancient rocks, are unpredictable. The last one was 780,000 years ago. Are we overdue for another? No one knows.

FoxNews.com's Jana Winter contributed to this report.

Articulate_Ape
01-06-2011, 11:51 PM
All is going according to plan.


Shit, did I say that out loud.


Never mind. Really. Never mind.

m00
01-06-2011, 11:52 PM
Thanks to the fluctuations in the force

Did SR blow up Alderaan again?

Kay
01-06-2011, 11:56 PM
Uhuh....dead birds falling from the sky, fish boiling up dead in Florida,
crabs freezing to death on the England shores. This is the run up to
12-21-2012. I'm telling ya! Those Mayans knew what they were talking
about. Polar shift is coming to an earth near you.

Novaheart
01-07-2011, 12:03 AM
All is going according to plan.


Shit, did I say that out loud.


Never mind. Really. Never mind.

The Consolidation is near.

Rockntractor
01-07-2011, 12:06 AM
Those Mayans knew what they were talking
about. Polar shift is coming to an earth near you.

http://i686.photobucket.com/albums/vv230/upyourstruly/wayans-brother.jpg

Kay
01-07-2011, 12:24 AM
Uhuh....dead birds falling from the sky, fish boiling up dead in Florida,
crabs freezing to death on the England shores. This is the run up to
12-21-2012. I'm telling ya! Those Mayans knew what they were talking
about. Polar shift is coming to an earth near you.

Oh and 46 tornadoes on New Year's Eve.....
and the sudden death of Michael Jackson.

Kay
01-07-2011, 09:25 AM
Now 8,000 turtle doves in Italy...... :eek:

http://innovation-for-better-world.com/2012cartoon.jpg

Rockntractor
01-07-2011, 09:33 AM
I counted 4 dead possums flattened on the road this morning, cut down in the prime of their lives for no apparent reason!:(

Gingersnap
01-07-2011, 11:03 AM
I chased 4 coyotes off the end of my driveway this morning. Good thing I'm square with Jesus. :p