Friday, May 3, 2013

All Weather is Local - 4

Damaged by Oil-Qaeda
Are you noticing record breaking cold weather in some southern states such as Texas, record snow in other states such as Arkansas, even as 95 degree temperatures with hot wild fires are burning in California, all of which are happening at the same time?

Do you also remember the past two years when the Army Corps of Engineers was dynamiting levees in the Midwest along the Mississippi River to avoid catastrophic flooding further down river?

"The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers used dynamite to blast open the levee in three locations on May 2 [2011] to relieve flooding in Cairo, IL. As a result, about 200 square miles of fertile farmland was flooded".

Do you also remember that the very next year, 2012, the water level in the same Mississippi River became so low that commercial barge traffic was impaired?

"The worst drought in half a century has brought water levels in the Mississippi close to historic lows and could shut down all shipping ... the second extreme event on the river in 18 months, after flooding in the spring of 2011".

So, one year they are bombing the levees along the banks that restrain the river, but the next year they are bombing the bottom of the river to try to make it deeper.

One year has dangerously high water levels, the next year has dangerously low water levels.

In this Dredd Blog series that links to related posts from time to time (e.g. Parochial Climate & Parochial Mentality) we have been discussing how merely analyzing local weather is not the way to determine whether or not there has been damage to a Global Climate System.

No, the proper way to use local weather in climate system analysis is to notice the global perspective in the global climate system and the "local weather" of other places around the globe.

"Out of sight, out of mind" is a dangerous way to analyze the impact that damage to the global climate system has worldwide:
America’s top military officer in charge of monitoring hostile actions by North Korea, escalating tensions between China and Japan, and a spike in computer attacks traced to China provides an unexpected answer when asked what is the biggest long-term security threat in the Pacific region: climate change.

Navy Admiral Samuel J. Locklear III, in an interview at a Cambridge hotel Friday after he met with scholars at Harvard and Tufts universities, said significant upheaval related to the warming planet “is probably the most likely thing that is going to happen ... that will cripple the security environment, probably more likely than the other scenarios we all often talk about.’’
(The Common Good - 6, emphasis added). An Admiral in the Pentagon heads up the Navy's global planning strategy understands the same vision:
This Navy Admiral even believes that Singapore will no longer be the greatest ocean port, but that a port in Greenland will take that honor, because after the polar ice caps melt in the Arctic, the fabled Northwest Passage will become strategic, and the Panama Canal will become somewhat of a museum piece.
(Has The Navy Fallen For The Greatest Hoax?). Alas, the judicial system seems to have fallen for the same "hoax":
A well-documented rise in global temperatures has coincided with a significant increase in the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Respected scientists believe the two trends are related. For when carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere, it acts like the ceiling of a greenhouse, trapping solar energy and retarding the escape of reflected heat. It is therefore a species—the most important species—of a “greenhouse gas.”

Calling global warming “the most pressing environmental challenge of our time,” a group of States, local governments, and private organizations, alleged in a petition for certiorari that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has abdicated its responsibility under the Clean Air Act to regulate the emissions of four greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide.
(Have Courts Fallen For The Greatest Hoax?, citing Massachusetts v. EPA, 549 U.S. 497, 2007). So, when you hear "snowpocalypse" from the lips of the Luddites in the House of Representatives, remember the parameters of their parochial minds (ibid, Parochial Climate & Parochial Mentality).

Some locals can say "it was the warmest July" while other locals can say "it was the coldest July", and both be correct (Coldest July or Warmest July? - 2).

However, neither would be ultimately correct on the global scale of the global climate system that has been severely damaged and continues to be further damaged year by year.

The previous post in this series is here.

1 comment:

  1. Here is a piece that gives new meaning to parochial: Link