Spectacularly harsh winter weather events make some people doubt global warming since they don’t understand Earth’s climate, even though we all have models of our climate in our kitchens. I’ll explain. But first, let’s look at the latest big winter event making the news. You probably are experiencing or have heard about The Bomb, right? Here are two news reports about it which you may not have seen:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “US: ‘Bomb cyclone’ slamming US East Coast to bring ice-age cold”)
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Bomb cyclone: brings travel chaos and deaths to US north-east – BBC News”)
Now, some people who don’t know how the climate works see cold winter events as counter proof to climate change since climate change is related to global warming. How can we have such cold temperature events when the Earth is warming up, they wonder. On the surface, this can seem strange, but only when one ignores two important facts:
- The Earth is round, a globe with winter, summer, spring, and fall, as well as non-seasonal climates constantly in play all over it. When we have winter in the northern hemisphere, the southern hemisphere has winter, and vice versa.
- Our atmosphere is like a pot of boiling water. When you apply more heat to a boiling pot you increase the boil. And when the boil revs up, you get stronger movements, larger hot spots, deeper cold spots, more steam… It’s the same with our atmosphere. When it boils more wildly, we get more frequent and stronger storms, hotter heat waves, colder winter events, misplaced floods and droughts, melting ice caps and glaciers, rising seal levels, bleaching corals, milder winters in Europe, tougher blizzards and winter cyclones in the U.S., clusters of violent hurricanes in the Caribbean. Let’s not forget that our very own Puerto Rico is devastated and getting no help…
Welcome to climate change..
Watch the boil:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “NASA’s AIRS Sees Polar Vortex Behind U.S. Big Chill “)
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