California is experiencing a cold snap which may have impacts on it's local
Zookeepers, farmers, and the homeless
. This trend seems to
be the case as of late. Since the drought that dried up much of the mid west throughout last year, these random weather events appear to be
SAN DIEGO — The bright sun and clear skies were routine, but the cold was not, as Californians bundled up with sweaters and gloves and stocked
up on firewood Friday to brace for several nights of freezing temperatures.
Zookeepers turned up the heat for chimpanzees in San Diego, and tourists covered their hands on Hollywood walking tours. Still, the cold snap wasn't
enough to throw many off their strides.
Now I can't suggest that there due to one another, but it does appear that what is happening climatically ,at least in the U.S., would suggest a
dynamic correlation or chain of events; that transpired due to short rainfalls and low precipitation during hot summer months last year.
These impacts have already IMO begun to manifest themselves in several key agricultural areas, disrupting one of our nations key pathways of
transportation for international exports and crop production along the Missouri and the Mississippi River.
Water releases from dams on the upper Missouri River are planned to be significantly scaled back later this month and these reductions are
expected to negatively impact the Mississippi River water level between St. Louis and Cairo, IL beginning December 1. Of particular concern are
hazardous rock formations near Thebes and Grand Tower, IL, which threaten navigation when water levels drop to anticipated, near historic lows. The
rock formations, combined with the reduced flows from the Missouri River, will prohibit the transport of essential goods along this critical point in
the river, effectively stopping barge transportation on the middle Mississippi River around December 10.
The ramifications of the transportation problems are yet to be known. And unless we get significant amounts of moisture this winter and spring in the
right places, I can't foresee the situation getting better. Now to compound the issue even further, there may also be a significant event happening in
California as you read and I type, that could create a problem for it's agricultural industry.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - An Arctic air mass sent temperatures plunging across California, forcing the 17-hour closure of a key interstate highway
through the mountains north of Los Angeles and threatening citrus crops in the state's vast central valleys, authorities said on Friday. Temperatures
throughout the state fell by as much as 20 degrees Fahrenheit (11 degrees Celsius) below normal, allowing snow to accumulate at elevations as low as
1,500 feet, the National Weather Service reported.
As I browsed through this material I thought to myself, where was this information coming from and who are the authorities as mentioned in the above
source which provided the info. As I popped up a few links I came across an interesting article that provided a source of authority to look up and
research. Apparently there is a consensus amongst scientists that the U.S. is experiencing an increasing threat to it's vital infrastructure, and
unless we act the affects may be dramatic.
WASHINGTON — The impacts of climate change driven by human activity are spreading through the United States faster than had been predicted,
increasingly threatening infrastructure, water supplies, crops and shorelines, according to a federal advisory committee.
If your interested in reading where this information was drawn from and collected, you can view a draft climate assessment report available to the
. I haven't read the report yet, if there are inaccuracies between what the sources say compared
to the assessment feel free to share.
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