With death and destruction on the Eastern Seaboard of Australia after weeks of torrential rains and more to come, Queensland Australia is now nervously awaiting the landfall of what may be the worst cyclone ever to reach its shores, Brazil is counting almost 1,000 Dead and hundreds still missing as a result of monstrous floods and mudslides from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo, South Africa and neighboring Mozambique have seen floods take thousands of homes and dozens of lives and every country in Southern Africa is on alert for flash flooding as exceptionally heavy rainfall is forecasted until March; heavy monsoons in Sri Lanka, unusually cold in southern and East China, epic rainfall in the Philippines causes death and damage around the island nation; a massive snow and winter storm hitting the Midwest as I’m writing this and major amounts of winter weather, regional flooding and bitter cold around the US, with flood potentials in many areas; a couple of weeks ago Florida was the only state in the Nation that did not have snow on the ground ( the Hawaiian Islands had snow on top of the volcanos. Heavy snowfall in most of Europe, even in Mediterranean areas, which never happened in the 30 years I lived there.
And in the background I hear the ignorami’s snide remark that there is no global warming, it’s just a left wing tree hugger conspiracy.
Others claim La Niña as the natural culprit, neglecting the fact that it is a word I had never even heard of 20 years ago, other than that it is Spanish for girl.
Those of us who stand up and mention Global Warming are now neatly grouped together, identified, classified and tagged as a group of counter productive, potentially dangerous environmentalist, who want to halt human progress and prosperity.
Well, I take offense to that as I have worked very hard all my live not to be pigeon-holed; I have taken extreme precautions to protect the personal freedom and sanctity of the individual and consider fairness and respect towards my fellow humans an essence for peaceful progressive co-habitation. So if these qualifications make me a leftwing tree hugger, that call is your responsibility.
Learn from The Facts
2010 tied the record for the warmest year since data collection started in 1880. Guess what year it tied with? 2005!
Every year since 2000 has ranked as one of the 15 warmest years on record.
Well call me stupid, but if something walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, swims like a duck and waggles like a duck….it’s most probably… a duck. And the Duck says: Global Warming may very well be a reality. So I pay attention and learn about the seeming Paradox of extreme cold and global warming.
Well here is what happens, global warming melts the arctic ice and rising temperatures produce a shrinking of sea ice in the Arctic. As it heats the region up, it starts pushing its usual cold air southwards, especially during the winter. In the southern hemisphere this happens in a reverse direction, obviously.
These are fact and that is what’s happening. So the next question we ask ourself is: Do we close our eyes and let it happen, because:
a. there is nothing we can do or
b. it’s already too late or
c. I need another 8 cylinder SUV and the dealer has such a great sticker price on it.
No I don’t want to curb my lifestyle and I bet you there are thousands of homeowners in Australia who thought the same…until the floods came.
True, I don’t have one clear cut answer, maybe I did 30 years ago, but nobody listened than and nobody does now, but even though no one has the answer, I still strongly support the action scenario that was superbly pictured in “The Most Terrifying Video You’ll Ever See”
Really the problem is not global warming, or Climate Change, or even the yah or nay sayers who love to get rich of the controversy; the problem is destabilization of the global climate. May it’s Earth itself and we won’t be able to stop it, but we can do our part to be prepared as best as we can and eliminate humanity as a contributing factor the destabilization.
California Superstorm Predicted
So while a rainstorm capable of flooding a quarter of the houses in the state of California may be ridiculed as ancient history or legend, the U.S. Geological Survey says such a superstorm hitting California is not only plausible, it’s predictable.
As God warned Noah and Ea to warn Utnapishtim about the upcoming flood, the USGS is warning California officials that the time to plan for the flood is now. Of course California politicians, being in the economic mess the state is in today, shrug and hope that nothing will happen on their watch. A similar scenario is unfolding tonight in Queensland, Australia, already plagued with epic flooding similar to what is described in the California superstorm model in December and January, resulting in three-quarters of that state being declared a disaster zone.
We maybe just a bit too pre-occupied with our lives to pay enough attention to the weather and the world around us or maybe we’re just not ready to accept our new realities.
I wrote this story after I learned over dinner that our friend Dave in Wisconsin had emailed that he has to drive from Milwaukee to Minneapolis on Tuesday in what is possibly (and reportedly) the biggest snow and ice storm of this year’s winter season to hit the Midwest. I hope he’ll balance the importance of the mission of his trip against the potential consequence and realize that a day later does not break the bank. I have always been served well by the question I ask myself: Does it matter 2 days, 2 weeks, 2 months, 2 years or 20 years from now. If it matters 2 to 20 years from now, I’ll put the chains on the tires and take my chances. Anything less than that: Fuggetaboutit.