A large mass of cold air is moving out of the northwest and will cross the midsection of the United States and Canada later this week. This cold air mass will collide with another surge of warm, humid air moving up from the Gulf of Mexico, with the result that there could once again be a substantial development of storms. There is no way to tell in advance if the number and intensity of storms will reach levels seen recently, but there are likely to be a number of days late this week with severe weather alerts in the southern plains and the Ohio and Mississippi valleys. If this activity develops, it will move across the mid-Atlantic states, and possibly down into the southeast. It may also bring much-needed rain to parts of Texas–hopefully without accompanying violent storms.
Can we make a New Year’s resolution that will help save our climate?
The January 2nd edition of the Independent asked this question of various climate experts and got a wide variety of replies. Jim Lovelock, the author of the Gaia theory, says he never had any faith that the Kyoto agreement would work. The Independent quotes him as saying, “I strongly agree that we now need a ‘plan B,’ where a geoengineering strategy is drawn up in parallel with other measures to curb CO2 emissions. However, climate change is an earth system problem and the UN is not a suitable body to host or organize it.”
Researcher Steve Siems disagrees and says, “We need to try Plan A over and over and over again before even contemplating Plan B.”
Want to help track climate change in YOUR area? A nationwide initiative starting Feb. 15 will enable volunteers to do this by observing the timing of flowers and foliage. Project BudBurst allows students, gardeners, and other citizen scientists in every state to enter their observations into an online database that will give researchers a detailed picture of our warming climate. You can’t be fooled by political rhetoric once you’ve seen the truth for yourself!
I am sitting here stunned. I have just found out that the climate is changing much faster than scientists used to think. The extraordinary process of sudden climate change is not somewhere down the road. It is staring us right in the face. What is worse, we are absolutely unprepared. A large minority of the public actually believes the loopy idea that nothing is wrong with the climate. This silliness goes on, despite the warnings of science and the very visible–and violent– deterioration of the weather. Last summer was one of the warmest on record. This winter, the northern hemisphere– especially Siberia and Mongolia–have experienced terrifying cold, almost record-breaking cold.