They always say that right after one, and then anxiously repeat it near 9 mos. later. And I’m sure that some percentage of maternity wards will have an increase (widely reported), but I’m also sure that the same number will have a decrease (unreported), and the vast majority will laugh at the idea (unreported).
Any scientific debunking in the literature that I can cite to people who will be telling me that tale for the next few years?
I’m still saying yes to this one, at least to people ‘being together’ more. I lost power last month here in Memphis for 8 days along with 300,000 other people (of course it didn’t even make national news). Let me tell you, it is BORING without power, we didn’t have much to do other than play guitar and enjoy each other’s company. Will we have a baby in 8 months? Probably not, but there was an increase in time we spent together.
Ancient thread, I know, but I was searching this topic and found an article that points out flaws in the 1970 study cited on snopes and does a more thorough and scientific study on fertility and storm warnings. Their findings? For mild storms, there was a significant increase in fertility. For more serious storm warnings there was a significant decrease in fertility.
Well, the occluded sun from the storm helps. But my experience is that full blackouts occur more in the colder months. Broad ice coverage shuts down more places than lighting or light rain, and thus it takes longer to put it back on.
Lack of heat would be one reason to huddle together.
Depends on the place. Seville doesn’t get ice except in soda glasses; in recent years, it has been getting blackouts in the summer due to the growth in A/C and to people using it incorrectly. Being the biggest city in Andalusia, power gets restored ASAP, but sometimes there have been blackouts on several consecutive days, to the point of the power company and the government agreeing on a procedure to shut down parts of the network if they were draining too much, before that drain could manage to bring down the whole area.
“48C in the shadow” is considered “normal summer weather” in much of southern Spain (that’s 118F). With that kind of temperatures, people tend to avoid touching.
I say yes but not by any significant amount. You have to factor in how many couples are in their house when the power goes out. Are they alone? Do they even want to mingle? Even if they do there is only X ammount of days in a month when a women can get pregnant. Adding the life of sperm gives you 3 days in either direction i think. So while a few babies may have been concieved during the blackout I doubt it was a big burst if you will