This can be a challenging time for good honest Americans who understand the truth about climate change. Sometimes it’s difficult to view your YouTube videos or Infowars posts through the sweat dripping into your eyes, the floodwaters lapping at your door, or the fires on the horizon. Here are just a few of the frightening weather events popping up around us that are definitely unrelated to climate change.
Cool, foggy San Francisco hit 106 degrees over Labor Day weekend. Eight of the ten hottest days in San Francisco history have happened in the past thirty years. Four of them since 2000. Two of them were last week.
Hurricane Harvey was the largest rain event in US history, but that’s perhaps not the most remarkable fact about the storm. Over the winter meteorologists warned about unusual heat in the Gulf of Mexico. For the first winter in recorded history water temperatures there never dipped below 73 degrees. From November to February, Galveston experienced 31 record highs. Temps were so high that scientists worried about errors in their equipment. This map of ocean surface temperatures in the days leading up to Harvey shows the remarkable heat in the Gulf, but look at the deviations from normal farther north, toward the Arctic!
There was practically no winter over the Upper Midwest, with Chicago experiencing only a single significant snowfall over the whole season. For the first time in the city’s history, there was no snow on the ground in January and February.
Earlier this year Antarctica experienced its highest temperatures ever recorded. In August, Greenland caught fire. That’s right, Greenland. For two weeks in August peat fires from an unknown source burned out of control in a remote section of tundra. The fire was extinguished last week by a torrential rain event. Wildfires were put out by Arctic thunderstorms.
While Houston was reeling from Harvey, Los Angeles was fighting the largest wildfires in its history. Fires crested the hills over Burbank, creating a spectacular scene.
Smoke from wildfires blanketing Montana spread across the Great Lakes, creating beautiful sunsets and haze. Fires stretch from the southern Rockies far into Alberta and British Columbia.
Europe has been crippled by a heat wave stretching from France to Siberia. Triple-digit temps in Paris left the city struggling, as few residences and businesses use air conditioning.
Record monsoons have killed more than a thousand people in South Asia. Floods stretched from Nepal to Southern India. Almost a million homes have been destroyed in Bangladesh alone.
Death Valley set a record in July for the hottest month ever recorded. Congratulations America, We’re #1 again!
This year marked the fourth mass coral bleaching event on the Great Barrier Reef since 1998. Two thirds of the reef are now impacted. Continuing, concentrated cycles of bleaching threaten to kill off much of the northern zone of the reef. A lethal combination of heat, and acidity from rising carbon levels is threatening reefs all over the world, but Florida is particularly vulnerable. The economy of the Keys faces devastation from the accelerating decline of the only major coral reefs in the continental US. Voters in the Keys’ supported Donald Trump by a 51-44 margin.
As a pure coincidence, CO2 levels have been consistently above 400ppm since late in 2015. In April we breached the 410ppm mark for the first time in history.
Republican politicians tell me that climate change is a hoax. We have to believe them because they love Jesus and get all their data through prayer. It should be noted, however, that climate change is a particularly elaborate hoax, one so devious that it seems to be impacting our weather. Just more evidence of the danger of liberal lies.
Remember to ignore anything you witness that conflicts with your bigoted beliefs, and Have a Blessed Day.