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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.

http://climateprogress.org/2011/05/16/nasa-hottest-april-record-colombia/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+climateprogress%2FlCrX+%28Climate+Progress%29

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  1. May 16, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    Thanks to La Nina, we’ve been told that here in the northeast, to expect a lot of rainy weather. So far it has kept its end of the deal.

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    • May 16, 2011 at 2:52 pm

      We’ve had virtually non-stop rain here in South-West Ohio for almost three months now. The severe changes to our weather patterns are not cyclical, nor temporary. Unless we can reduce our carbon footprint drastically, we’re all screwed. I don’t care what any dissenter tells me!

      On Mon May 16th, 2011 2:38 PM EDT

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  2. May 16, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    Wasn’t it also the coldest Winter too? We could completely stop all pollution here in the states and it wouldn’t make a dent compared to the pollution being generated in China and other un-regulated countries that could care less about pollution.
    http://www.chinahush.com/2009/10/21/amazing-pictures-pollution-in-china/

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    • May 26, 2011 at 8:38 pm

      Yuck! There’s no question that China is a global leader in pollution. They have been for a long time. Pollution however is a global problem that should be of the highest priority to address. I don’t know if this was the coldest winter or not, but I do know this: our weather patterns are fucked, and the primary reason is environmental degradation and global warming. The amount of CO2 and Methane pumped into our atmosphere is staggering, and it is wreaking havoc with our planet. If we don’t do something drastic soon, there won’t be many people left to be able to point fingers at who’s to blame.

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  3. May 17, 2011 at 8:25 am

    Normal yearly rainfall in Cincinnati is 36″ … and we have already had 29+”. Then again, it’s all cyclical as last summer and fall was brutally dry for us. There is only so much water to go around, thus I always say that if an area is getting more than normal, another area is getting less than normal.

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