Signs 62 – Blip or Gap?

| March 8, 2022

Signs 62 – Blip or Gap?When J.P. Jones sent me the final numbers for February 2022, I was surprised by the huge event data subset results.

It left me wondering, are we seeing the beginning of a new gap in the Nemesis Cloud or is this a passing blip?

If a new gap, then 2022 will be a calmer year, but if it is a blip, who can say where it goes?   So, I asked J.P. about it, and here was his response.

“I am starting to look at it like winter weather, sometimes you get an Alberta Clipper (quicker hitter) sometimes it is a passing flurry and sometimes it is a full-fledged blizzard.”

What can we make of this data and is there a real difference for us between a blip or a gap?  Let’s get into the numbers and see what we see.

February 2022 Fireballs

Fireballs are reported worldwide, and the American Meteor Society which is the primary source for North America, for this dataset.

AMS Multistate / Country Fireballs

Multistate/country fireballs cross the borders of multiple states and countries. For this reason, this is a critical category in the dataset because of the distance these fireballs must travel to receive reports from across large geographic areas.

AMS Multistate Fireballs for 1/2017 to 2/2022

February 2022 is close behind 2021 but far ahead of 2019 and 2020.  January remains the highest for that month in recorded history.  Given the small difference for this month between this year and last, this data subset remains pretty much the same.

AMS Huge Event Fireballs

It is a commonplace occurrence for Multistate / Country Fireballs to be reported as huge events because a huge event occurs when 100 or more eyewitness observers report a huge fireball event.

AMS Huge Event Fireballs for 1/2017 to 2/2022This is the data subset that surprised us.  In February 2022, there we no reported huge events.   If this indicates a broader trend, it could signal the possibility that we’re seeing a new gap between the bands of the Nemesis Cloud.  Or, it’s a one-trick pony blip on the radar.   Time will tell.

As reported in Signs 60, we use the huge event data subset for testing J.P. Jone’s Nemesis Ring Theory.   Specially, we’re looking for the gaps between the rings as illustrated below.

J.P. Jones Nemesis Cloud Data

AMS Monthly Total Fireballs

The monthly total fireballs are the most critical category in this dataset. When we look at the monthly total of fireballs for February 2022 the results, are not statistically significant.

AMS Total Monthly Fireballs for 1/2017 to 2/2022

This tells us is that we continue to be in an area of space that is unusually dense with Earth-crossing objects.

Yearly AMS Fireball Totals

The inner ring of the Nemesis Cloud is bolting upward through the ecliptic into the Northern skies as Nemesis begins accelerating toward aphelion, its closest point to Sol.   This brings us to the annual totals.

AMS Yearly Fireballs for 1/2017 to 2/2022

On one hand, some may want to celebrate the drop last month in key categories.  However, the overall number of fireballs on a multi-basis is still way too high.  In March, we will likely see 2022 top 2011 and 2012.

Earthquakes Since 1997

At the outset of our Signs series, J. P. Jones created a dataset spreadsheet that tracks the total number of earthquakes each month beginning with 1997.  The updated table below now includes February 2022 with the data reported by the USGS for the month.

Earthquakes of All Magnitudes 1/1997 to 2/2022

At 9,957 earthquakes of all magnitudes, February 2022 is now the second consecutive 5-digit month for 2022 as reported by the USGS.

Monthly Earthquakes 1/2019 to 2/2022

When we look at annual global earthquakes for February, we see the same overall trend since January 2021.  The numbers track previous years but with a flatter range.

Earthquakes of All Magnitudes 1/2019 to 2/2022For those with an untrained eye, it would be simple to assume that shows a broad lowering trend.  For example, the USGS did not report earthquakes during the La Palma eruption.

USGS Jiggerning 1/2008 to 7/2021

At this point, the data we harvested during the Trump administration is consistent and reliable, whereas we see clear evidence of jiggering during the Obama administration and resumption of that tactic during the Biden administration.

The sad truth is that thanks to anomalous earthquake reporting, we have to consider the reality that we’re flying blind with the USGS now.  We will continue reporting the data though it is now highly suspect.


The absence of AMS huge event report for February 2022 is curious.  If this is a blip on the radar so to speak, that brings us back to what J. P. Jones said it could be.  An Alberta Clipper (quicker hitter) sometimes it is a passing flurry or it could be a full-fledged blizzard storm.

Either way, it is way too early to say for certain what this means as it could also be a reporting fluke.  We could have been so busy watching the news, folks forgot to look up.  So let’s call this the Alberta Clipper option.

What about the full-fledged blizzard storm?  If this is not a blip, but the lull before a full-fledged blizzard storm, what could we see in the coming months?   We could be entering a gap between the gap we’ve been in and another deeper inside the Nemesis Cloud, which no doubt be the highest density region band of the Nemesis Cloud yet encountered.   In that event, we’re could find ourselves inching closer to a catastrophic impact event.

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