September is supposed to be a quiet month weatherwise. Tony shows how the month is going out with a flare for the dramatic.
Wild Weather Week Ahead
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The “Wild” part of tonight’s blog headline is directed at what is going on at the national level. From levee compromising high waters in Minnesota to inundating rains on the eastern seaboard to a stifling heat wave out west, America is indeed a country of weather extremes this first full week of autumn.
Here at home, a soaking rain this Monday evening has quelled the early season forest fire threat. Last week, sadly, rare wildfire conditions in the Buckeye State led to the death of a Vinton County fire fighter who was tending to a blaze in a corn field in Londonderry, Ross County.
As for the US perspective, torrential September rains in the High Plains have sent rivers into flood and are compromising what was a month ago expected to be a bumper summer harvest season of corn and soybeans in Minnesota and North Dakota. FEMA is on hand in 35 counties in southern Minnesota alone.
Out west, don't tell Angelinos that Global Warming is a fallacy. Today's high in LA of 113 was the hottest in recorded history in LA LA land. It has not been hotter in Los Angeles since records began in the late 1800s.
Both these events lend credence to the prediction made more than a decade ago by the best scientists meteorology has to offer; namely, ... "on a globally warmed Earth, weather extremes (drought, floods, heat waves etc) will be more common”. I would say that was a spot on prediction.
And earlier this year, Milwaukee and Nashville and Olive Hill all witnessed flooding not seen in 100 years.
Overseas too, the horrible flooding in Pakistan is the worst in almost a century in that country and consistent with what the global warming experts had predicted.
Mind you, I am not an expert in global warming. AND I AM ADAMANT THAT NO ONE EVENT OR SEASON’S WEATHER CAN BE BLAMED ON GLOBAL WARMING. But weather events like these should occur more frequently on a globally warmed planet.
I can only tell you the society I belong to, the AMS (American Meteorological Society), has a taken a stance on Greenhouse Warming, based on the findings of the finest scientists in my field (of which I am not one).
Those scientists are in stark agreement that Global Warming is real, a large part man induced and if left unchecked will alter life on the planet later this century.
How might life be affected?
Here are two ways.
First, on a globally warmed Earth, there is apt to be a higher incidence of kidney stones and disease, so say doctors (source, JAMA).
Why you ask? Well, if the climate is hotter, we will perspire more and that will lead to the need for more water intake. Those who don’t or can’t hydrate themselves will put more stress on their kidneys.
Secondly, if water will be more in demand on Earth due to global warming, what do you think will happen in countries that are ‘water deprived’? They will try to steal it from countries that have water. That my friends is the way wars start.
So the next time someone scoffs about global warming being a fallacy, stop and think for a second. Are you really an expert to disprove that thesis? I am not, but when faced with a quandry, I seek professional advice.
In the short term, our dry spell has ended with the current rain storm. Still, fall is the dry time of year in Appalachia so odds favor more brush fires before wet snows arrive around Thanksgiving to end the fire season.