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This particular El Nino cycle is releasing huge stores of heat, and unleashing things that were previously unheard of in some parts of the world. It was responsible for tropical cyclones in places that had never experienced them before, where the population wasn't prepared. Hurricane Winston, for example, a Category 5 storm hit Fiji and wiped out a significant portion of the island nation's infrastructure. Entire villages were destroyed, along with roughly 10 percent of the country's gross domestic product (GDP). If there was a Category 6 (there isn't), then Winston might have been one.
What does all this mean? In practical terms, it means the Arctic region saw temperature spikes as much as 18 degrees Fahrenheit above normal during its "winter" season. It means the northern hemisphere had no winter, so they had to truck snow in for the Iditarod race in Alaska. It means that the allergy season has already started in parts of the United States – in February.
But, in the bigger picture, it means (quite ominously) that world and business leaders who are mostly ignoring the problem and hoping that they can wait 10 or 20 years to "deal" with climate change may be very, very wrong. Things could go badly, quite quickly, when feedback loops start to cross wires and systemic changes in one part of the world start to dramatically affect other parts of the world.
Take the Arctic. It's almost unheard of to see temperatures there so far above normal in the winter. What happens in the Arctic doesn't just stay in the Arctic. It isn't only about polar bears, and whether they're now in real jeopardy (they are). It's more like leaving your refrigerator door open, turning off the air conditioning in your house, and then leaving for summer vacation. All the ice melts, floods your kitchen and short-circuits the wiring in the basement.
Or take the jet stream, which has been stable for hundreds (perhaps thousands) of years. With soaring temperatures in and around the Arctic, the jet stream that holds cold air in and causes changes in the weather in the northern hemisphere may now be both wobbly and unpredictable. An unstable jet stream may usher in mega-storms, or mega-droughts, or mega-God-only-knows-what./
Global Warming Warningedit on 16-3-2016 by ReadLeader because: sa
originally posted by: ReadLeader
a reply to: ketsuko
My concern are those dang bugs, ticks, etc. We need a good week of below freezing to kill all the pests
We have actually seen mosquitoes all winter; we saw monarchs in January; the robins are as fat as pigeons in February and it seems like all of the creatures are discombobulated.
Thanks for posting Ket!
originally posted by: Nathan-D
I think people need to calm down and get a sense of proportion.
Even the IPCC themselves in AR5 2013 acknowledged that the earth had only warmed at the rate 0.05C/decade over the lst 15 years despite humans emitting 30% of all their CO2 since 1850.
Then we have one hot El Nino and everyone starts freaking out about global warming. It's ridiculous.
Eh, we had one of those before