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  •  Tornadoes in January/February???? (1+ / 0-)
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    Here’s my theory:

    The Earth (or Gaia or the Flying Spaghetti Monster or God, whatever you call her) is suffering from Global Warming and is getting hot around the collar and decided that Republican states must be punished. That’s the explanation for people who believe in magical (and emotional) sky gods.

    If you believe in science, here’s my other theory:

    There’s warming, which means more energy, which means the molecules in the atmosphere are moving faster. So there’s more energy feeding the tornadoes and hurricanes. More heat in the water cycle means more snow in some places and more drought in other places. Then the water falls into the river systems, so maybe more floods. And the ice caps and glaciers are melting.

    Either way, we need to do something about it.

    “If you misspell some words, it’s not plagiarism.” – Some Writer

    by Dbug on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 07:45:41 PM PST

    •  there have been several tornado outbreaks in (1+ / 0-)
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      Jan. Feb.  they're uncommon, but they're well known.

      no one has really shown much of a link between cyclonic activity (that goes for tornadoes AND hurricanes) and AGW--much stronger evidence is in things like droughts, some major flooding events, etc.  

      Things like Sandy may point to the hazards of sea level rise--the sea level around Battery Park, for example, is I think a foot or so higher than it was last century (probably have my number off)

      but the hurricane itself doesn't really show all that much.

      In general, any perception in increased tornadic activity is really a result of improved tracking--I think it has held fairly constant over the past century.  You can find several Jan. outbreaks in Wikipedia, etc...

      •  You're right (0+ / 0-)

        Weather isn't climate.

        But we're seeing that anthropogenic climate change is affecting the weather.

        So, are you saying it's all God's work? That was my first theory.

        “If you misspell some words, it’s not plagiarism.” – Some Writer

        by Dbug on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 08:51:41 PM PST

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