Sunday, April 30, 2017

Mother Nature Makes Her Point Clear During Saturday's Climate Marches

Thousands marched in Washington DC against the Trump
administration's policies on climate change. The march
went on amid record early season  heat
Demonstrations protesting President Trump's and many GOP members' climate denial took place as scheduled in hundreds of cities Saturday and the weather cooperated.

I'm not saying the weather was nice. It just helped drive demonstrators' point home.

The main march was in Washington DC, where temperatures soared to a record-tying 91 degrees. That weather was combined with stifling humidity.

Nothing like that kind of weather to drive home the point that global warming is an issue, no?

I sometimes like to refer to global warming as "global weirding" because a lot of what is happening with the climate is not only warmth, but weather extremes.

Things like bigger storms, floods, droughts, wildly swinging temperatures and the like.

The weather this weekend across the nation demonstrated that point perfectly.

It's true that an individual weather event on one day in any given city or country, even one as big as the United States, neither proves nor disproves climate change.

But the Washington DC heat, and the totally off the rails weather in much of the United States Saturday certainly has all the hallmarks of global climate change.

The East Coast heat is only the most obvious one.

But, as noted, climate change most likely creates more extreme weather and boy, we've had that this weekend.

The most dangerous piece of this is the widespread flash flooding going on in Missouri, Oklahoma and on into the places like Illinois and Indiana.

Places like Springfield, Missouri and other areas of that state were under a flash flood emergency as ten or more inches of rain poured down in persistent thunderstorms. Some areas had record flooding.

Again, you can't say that one weather event is global warming, but extreme rainfall and extreme floods have become more common in recent years and decades.

It seems like every month, or even every week, features a new, devastating local flood.

The storm - and this weekend's weather is absolutely bonkers in another respect, too. As April closes and May begins, a blizzard warning was in effect for northwestern Kansas. Yes. A blizzard warning in mid-spring.

Temperature contrasts were wild, too, on Saturday.

Depending on where you were in Texas Saturday, the high temperature in different parts of the state ranged from 35 to 110 degrees.

It seems like Mother Nature was participating in Saturday's climate marches, too.

The Trump EPA can scrub climate change off its web site, but it can't make "global weirding" go away.

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