Exploding Transformers – More than meets the eye?
Between the mass animal deaths, the deadly earthquakes and tsunamis in the Pacific rim, the record-settingextreme weather across the US, and the once meandering gulf-stream nowshutting down, clearly something is up on the big blue marble this year. And now we may have a new one to add to the list: exploding transformers.
In the last couple weeks numerous electrical transformers have malfunctioned or exploded, in some cases causing major fires. Many of these are not your usual explosions either; some consisted of an almost fireworks-like display of electrical arcing as shown in some of the videos below. Given the sheer number of out-of-control transformers, this appears to be a new phenomena, or perhaps a sign of things to come.
With the connections we’ve noted between electrical activity in space and major events such as tornadoes, cyclones, volcanoes and earthquakes, one might suspect that the same electrical phenomena responsible for these displays of nature’s fury could be responsible for these exploding transformers too. Typically large spikes in electrical current are the cause of transformer explosions. It seems that, like the exploding transformers, our planet is being electrically overloaded in ways it can’t properly handle either, causing all manner of weather and ground-shaking chaos. Perhaps what we’ve seen so far this year in terms of crazy weather and earthquakes is only the start of things to come.
Here’s a sample of 9 different exploding transformer stories gathered from the news over the past two weeks:
Connecticut: Transformer fire knocks out power to 1,200+ in Torrington
Texas: Exploding Fort Worth Transformers Caught on Tape
Transformer Fire at Georgia Power Substation
Connecticut: Condo Fire Victims Allowed Inside Building
Transformer Explodes in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin
Missouri: Transformer fire may have tripped tornado sirens across St. Charles County
Nevada: I-15 shut down by Vegas transformer fire
Pennsylvania: Upper Providence home damaged by fire
Virginia: Transformer fire shuts down power to half of Lee High
Now I’m sure there are those people out there thinking, “Gee, I thought transformer explosions happen all the time, how is this so important?” There’s certainly some truth to this, but there is also reason to suspect things may be different now.
There does seem to be a noted increase in significant “transformer explosions” since the beginning of the year. Although this is by no means a scientific survey, a cursory search on Google News for the phrase “transformer explosion” from the first of the year till the present returns a hearty 24 results. The same search on the entire year of 2010 returns 25 resultsand then only 20 results for 2009. So, if this search is any indication, we’re well on pace to double the number of stories about transformer explosions this year compared to the last two years. A similar trend can be seen with the search phrase “transformer fire” too.
Now there is the possibility of older stories getting dumped from the news sites, as well as the fact that this search is limited to US stories too, so one must take these factors (and probably others) into consideration. But for a “transformer explosion” to make the news, it would have to be significant in some way; either causing a large fire, starting a major power-outage, or creating a lively public scene. Most garden-variety transformer explosions do not make the news; electrical companies are called into fix exploded transformer boxes on power lines every day.
In any case, when looking at the big picture, one can definitely see an increase in earth-changing events across the board since the beginning of this year. Focusing on transformer explosions alone isn’t the point. The most likely scenario that I can see is that the number or power of lightning strikes has increased, thus causing an increase in the power surges that trigger these transformer fires. But whether lightning is the actual cause of these fires or if there is some larger phenomena to take into account, it is hard to say at this point. Even if lightning is all there is to it, the exploding transformers are still noteworthy. The main point to consider is that something big is happening, or about to happen, and changes in the electrical environment of our planet may play a larger role than most suspect.
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