How’s The Weather? Not So Good!
As we all know, 2010-2011 has seen some of the most severe weather in centuries. Climate Progress gives a recap of the mayhem, as well as some insight for 2012. As you read the article, make sure you check out the related links. They provide some very sobering articles.
If you don’t want to read the article at Climate Progress, here’s some of the low lights:
This April was the 4th warmest on record, in spite of the cooling effects of La-Nina.
Record droughts are hitting Texas, Alberta Canada, and Central China, causing wildfires, shortages in drinking water, and wreaking havoc on agriculture. In the case of China, almost 1,400 reservoirs have dried up, as well as large portions of the Yangtze River.
In other areas of the world, massive flooding is the worst it’s been in over 300 years. 11 straight months of rainfall has devastated Columbia, South America, displacing over 3 million people. Flooding in Manitoba, Canada has caused 1 billion dollars in damages, while the flooding of the Mississippi and its tributaries is still laying waste to the South and Midwest.
The prediction for 2012 is more dire: With El-Nino expected to be in top form, average global temperatures are expected to climb even higher, with an increase of water vapor by 4% due to evaporation, the highest rate ever! This increase in water vapor will create even more instability in our atmosphere, leading to more severe flooding in some areas, and drought in others.
Of course, Global Warming and Climate Change is not a problem. We should probably go out and burn some more carbon emitting fossil fuels. Maybe we ought to light up a few nukes while we’re at it, just in case our road to environmental destruction isn’t fast enough.
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- Pray for Wisdom (jcwinnie.biz)
- Tornadoes, extreme weather, and climate change – April appears to set record for tornadoes in any month and in any 24-hour period. But why? (climateprogress.org)
- April was wild for U.S. weather from coast to coast (chron.com)
- Stronger Niño cycles likely as climate warms (sfgate.com)