As families attempt to reunite for the holidays, we are awash in bad weather across the US. And while we are enjoying wonderful weather down here in Texas at the moment, the rest of the country is not so fortunate. My friends in the Pacific Northwest are dealing with snow and ice, and the same storm is causing blizzard conditions from Reno to Denver. One of my friends in Utah referred to their blizzard as the “Snowpocalypse.” Much of the Midwest is faring as badly, with delays at some of our biggest hub airports– Chicago, Denver, and Atlanta, etc– because of weather.
Wait, wait– I thought we were talking about “global warming”– you know? Shouldn’t that mean that that in Seattle and Portland they should be wearing shorts and sipping frozen beverages instead of battling frozen roads? Au contraire, mon frere. A warming Arctic has pushed colder air south to the US and Europe, and warmer oceans are putting more water vapor into the atmosphere, causing more extreme weather. (more…)