This is the next thread in a series of threads featuring chapters of my book, Fever Rising. This chapter deals with extreme weather caused by
increasing methane gas...climate change. To read the other threads, check out this link and follow the other links to earlier threads at the beginning
of this link to the last chapter Burrr...it's so cold! Where's the Global
Chapter 26: Extreme Weather Events just Getting Started
The extreme weather events have been picking up steam over the past few years, literally. It was hard for anyone to not take notice to the crazy
winter weather patterns that struck the United States over the winter of 2013-14. November arrived and so did Old Man Winter, and it never relented
for most of North America. The jet stream dipped far south over the country’s midsection bringing frigid cold temperatures as far south as Atlanta
while causing much warmer than normal temperatures in Alaska. The pattern began and never looked back until the middle of March, when temperatures
finally shot back up to balmy normal temperatures…right around freezing at 32 degrees.
The weather extremes are becoming the new normal, from super storms such as Sandy, to tropical tornadoes, snow in the desert, hurricane-force winds in
the UK, heatwaves shattering records in the southern hemisphere, to freak hail storms that rain down ice boulders. Most parts of the world are
experiencing some type of weather pattern that’s out of the ordinary.
I’m going to provide a brief summary of the why’s because I’ve gone into great detail on the causes of extreme weather in relation to the
dangerous gas theory throughout this book. Here’s a recap, in brief, step-by-step.
The temperatures are increasing due to rising methane levels trapping the sun’s heat;
The rising temperature is causing the moisture content and storm energy to increase;
More moisture results in much heavier rain, snow and flooding events;
The rising temperature has also caused an escalation of volcanic activity;
Rising volcanic activity in Indonesia is causing the jet stream to fluctuate;
The jet stream is causing dangerously warm weather to increase over Arctic ice;
The jet stream has also pulled frigid Arctic air deep into southern climate zones;
These clashing warm and cold fronts are causing extreme storm events;
The warm air over Arctic ice is causing an alarming amount of land ice to melt;
This land ice melting off Greenland is bringing extreme weather to northern Europe.
Here is an article from January of 2013 that talks about the wild weather that was the year 2012. It was extreme throughout that year, the United
States’ hottest year on record, and the severity of events continued to escalate throughout 2013.
Heat, flood or icy cold; extreme weather rages world wide
The New York Times, Jan. 10, 2013
By Sarah Lyall
WORCESTER, England — Britons may remember 2012 as the year the weather spun off its rails in a chaotic concoction of drought, deluge and
flooding, but the unpredictability of it all turns out to have been all too predictable: Around the world, extreme has become the new commonplace.
Especially lately. China is enduring its coldest winter in nearly 30 years. Brazil is in the grip of a dreadful heat spell. Eastern Russia is so
freezing — minus 50 degrees Fahrenheit, and counting — that the traffic lights recently stopped working in the city of Yakutsk.
Bush fires are raging across Australia, fueled by a record-shattering heat wave. Pakistan was inundated by unexpected flooding in September. A vicious
storm bringing rain, snow and floods just struck the Middle East. And in the United States, scientists confirmed this week what people could have
figured out simply by going outside: last year was the hottest since records began.
“Each year we have extreme weather, but it’s unusual to have so many extreme events around the world at once,” said Omar Baddour, chief of the
data management applications division at the World Meteorological Organization, in Geneva. “The heat wave in Australia; the flooding in the U.K.,
and most recently the flooding and extensive snowstorm in the Middle East — it’s already a big year in terms of extreme weather calamity.”
Such events are increasing in intensity as well as frequency, Mr. Baddour said, a sign that climate change is not just about rising temperatures, but
also about intense, unpleasant, anomalous weather of all kinds.
Over the past two years, the U.K. has been battered by biblical rains producing floods. Three different times there were floods in the U.K. These
floods followed the floods of 2007 and 2009. Since the MET Office (Great Britian’s weather service) began keeping records over 100 years ago, they
declared 2012 the second wettest year and the single wettest year for England. Four of the five wettest years were in the last decade. This is a very
The flooding was so bad in some areas, a pub owner in Mevagissey, Cornwall, closed his business for good after he flooded 11 times in two months.
According to the NY Times article above, “The biggest change, said Charles Powell, a spokesman for the Met Office, is the frequency in Britain of
“extreme weather events” — defined as rainfall reaching the top 1 percent of the average amount for that time of year. Fifty years ago, such
episodes used to happen every 100 days; now they happen every 70 days, he said.”
Australia experienced two of their wettest years ever, as well. The heat extremes in Australia are epic, with extreme heat waves hammering the nation
over the past few years. I previously mentioned how their weather service added two more colors to their temperature gauge. According to the
Commonwealth Scientific and industrial Research Organization, every decade since the 1950’s has been hotter than the one before (in Australia).
As most of the United States suffered harsh winters, so has China. The jet stream fluctuation brought frigid Arctic air far south into warmer climate
zones. The winter of 2012-13 was one of the worst in recent memory for China. According to the NY Times article, in the western region of Xinjiang,
more than 1,000 houses collapsed under a relentless onslaught of snow, while in Inner Mongolia, 180,000 livestock froze to death. The cold has wreaked
havoc with crops, sending the price of vegetables soaring.
In South America, it was relentless heat. Brazil had to ration electricity because of a heat wave and lack of rain. Rio de Janeiro broke a temperature
record reaching to 110 degrees on December 26, 2012, the hottest day since records began in 1915.
Jerusalem experienced intense rain, cold winds, followed by an 8-inch snow storm, right there in the desert and palm trees. These weather patterns
persisted all over the Middle East, hammering countries such as Jordan, with torrential rains and hail storms. The floods paralyzed cities and washed
away cars and roads.
Smashing waves have also been the headlines from the U.K to Portugal all the way over to the Mediterranean shores of Beirut. Shorelines have been
forever altered by the waves, sometimes as high as 60 feet, but averaging 30 feet.