We have someone named Johan at the very south end of South Africa who has been keeping track of the sun as a personal project. I have posted his letters & observations below.
Keeping in mind that Johan’s solar position observations are blocked on one side by mountains; if I can confirm the sun position is truly this bad on June 21st, 2016 that would be a very bad sign. That would confirm a death wobble of the axis at the final stage of slipping. It would also cause the same type of severe record breaking winter & blizzards this winter, as we experienced in the US last year.
However, I caution everyone to wait until I do the June 21st measurements this year because it is quite easy to misread the solar angles when you can only see one side. Johan’s other view is blocked by mountains. I will let everyone know in June (if I’m still around).
If my bad health overwhelms & I fail to post, each of you can take your own measurements in June & compare it to the last two measurements of June 2015 and June 2014. If June 2016 is worse than 2015, that would confirm the death wobble. If it is worse than 2014, then the axis is perched for the final shift onto the Planet’s side unless it decides to do another wobble or two before that last shift. Only the June results will tell us more.
Measurements in Spring & Fall are useless because those equinoxes would be normal no matter how far off the axis might be since that is when the sun travels from one tropic to another, across the equatorial zone.
Also keep in mind should a final axis shift onto the planet’s side ever occur, it would also be accompanied by a massive tsunami far worse than 2004. More like the movie 2012. Hopefully, that will never happen.
Only June 21st will tell us more.
Here are the observations I just received from Johan in South Africa.
Seems you are in luck. I watch the sun, since I have always been interested in the seasons and trying to predict weather, etc.
I have made some strange observations lately and I have been dying to tell someone that will be interested. No one seems to care! Or rather, being able to appreciate the severity of the issue…
I am at the southern end of South Africa. For the past two years Summer Solstice was NOT on the 21st of December but occurred only on the 5th of January. I take the exact time of sunset on the 21st and it kept getting later by roughly 30 seconds every day until the 5th of January, when the days started getting shorter again. The sun also sets more to the south. I cannot check sunrise due to mountains to the east.
I put up a sundial in June at Winter Solstice aligning North/South with the sun and the shadow of the pin on the dial at exactly 12:30 as that is when the sun is exactly north due to me being 7 degrees west of 30 degrees , where South Africa’s time zone is taken from. The sundial is fixed. On the 21st of December at 12: 30 in the afternoon the shadow is still about 30 mins away from being exactly South.
I also cannot check sunrise or sunset on 21st June due to high mountains to the North. So I am stuck to sunsets in December…
To me that means a shift in the angle of the axis. This year I will take photos. Never actually thought of it!
Well, lots of news from South Africa then…
Regarding the clockface method of measuring the setting of the sun , on December 21 it was at 1:30, with 12: 00 being due South. I am on S34:42. I cannot do the sunrise due to mountains to the East.
OK, correction! With 12 o’clock due north the sun set at 7: 30.
We have been having heat waves all summer on the Highveld, which is the Northern part of the country. Temperature records broken in the last few weeks. And a very bad drought. Contrasting that, I live in a supposedly Winter rainfall area, and we have been getting lots of rain. Which is unusual. And when it is not raining it is hot as hell. Two days ago I measured 38 Deg C in the shade and 45 Deg C out in the sun. I heard the next town was 48 Deg C. Some more strange observations. The bay here is a whale nursery. Apparently the biggest in the world. Southern Right whales come here from the Antarctic for the winter. They normally arrive end of May, and depart in October. They give birth to their calves and then leave to go feed in the Antarctic in summer. This year they arrived a month later and departed a month earlier. Which means it is warmer down there in the Antarctic. Our seawater here is also a lot warmer than usual. We normally have about 20 Deg C at this time of year. At the moment it is 24 Deg C and we are catching fish that normally don’t come this far south.
This is Great White Shark territory, and they prefer temperate waters. There is a big shark diving tourist industry here but all the operators are complaining that the sharks are gone. They haven’t seen any for weeks.
On the other hand, a Zambezi shark was caught in the Breede River. You know them as Bull sharks. They are tropical sharks, and they normally hang out on our East coast. This was a first.
I will keep you updated on news as it happens.
Note: Johan may also be adding updates under the comment section of this post so you can easily track his interesting updates of South African conditions.