Hey, thanks for that Margie ! I'm very familiar with NOAA of course, they did an awful lot of oceanic research a while back - not so sure about
now, they were about
to cut the monitoring programs last I heard. But we know that the oceans are now more acidic because of the extra dissolved carbon in them that isn't disappearing any more, so I pretty much consider it a deathbed watch kind of thing there, I haven't the heart to keep up to date on the ever increasing list of anoxic dead zones, etc. But my word, the oceanic conveyer belts decide just about
everything weatherwise in the world !
I heard just today about
the "rare winter tornado" that was on the go - was that in your area ?
My particular interest now is in tornadoes, because the way the atmosphere absorbs heat and the way moisture helps distribute it is actually changing as a result of the increase in greenhouse gases. To humans this will mean that eventually, if CO2 concentrations continue to rise, sweating will no longer be so effective a cooling system for our bodies. (
Naturists rejoice !
) The burning thought in my mind is, if heat is dissipating less effectively, won't that mean smaller scale, more violent storm systems, like a pan that is suddenly boiling more furiously ? Doesn't that mean more tornadoes ? If so, where, what size, and how frequently ? People think that the UK doesn't get tornadoes, but actually we do - usually only smaller ones, but because we are so densely populated, they more often hit built up areas. Should they get more violent....not a good scenario, how do you equip all of London with tornado proof shelters ?
You spend a little time looking at the atmospheric weather systems that other planets have, and you suddenly get a real sick in the pit of the stomach feeling. At the end of the day, if extra energy stays in the global system due to greenhouse gases, that translates to turbulence....and there is no theoretical maximum speed limit to wind velocity that I know of, and certainly no guarantee that weather need be survivable. It used to be I had all sorts of caveats and but ifs when discussing climate change, hopeful we don't knows...now, I just think that anyone who isn't scared yet, just doesn't appreciate the situation. North America is going to have forest fires bigger than anything the Aussies ever have as the forests continue to dry out. Bonfire Earth.... ?
On the plus side of course, there is going to be some spectacular photography in the next few years, and of course veggie gardeners like me are going to have a fun time growing different plants that never used to survive !