As we think of Climate Change, perhaps too much emphasis is placed on temperature. Will it be warmer than we expect? Will it be colder than we expect? But that's not the whole story.
Temperature will always vary from point to point, from season to season. As we all know, the southern hemisphere of the Earth experiences summer and winter at the opposite times of year from the northern hemisphere. This naturally implies that heat is unevenly distributed. That difference keeps the seasons apart. It makes one vacation destination different than another. But it doesn't mean the system can't get overall warmer or cooler.
Consider for a moment the question of whether you're getting richer or poorer. It doesn't have to do with what's in your bank account or whether you've just received a paycheck or not. You might be cash rich on one day and poor on another, but if the rate at which you're taking money in is not as high as the rate at which money is going out, you have a problem.
We have the reverse problem with Climate Change. Scientists are keeping track. Overall it's getting warmer. If heat were riches, our planet would have a happy future ahead. We've got plenty of heat—an excess of it. It's not what we need.
And it's not just a rise in temperature that comes of the heat, it's the swirl, both metaphorical and sometimes literal, created by the differences in distribution of that heat. Heat gets absorbed and moved unevenly. This creates stresses in the air, and turbulence. It is from these stresses that storms are born.
Climate Change is not just about whether to wear a jacket or a swim suit. It's about increased energy in the system. More heat means more energy. More energy means more storms.
We've been having a lot of new storms that seem unusual. We'll have more, and worse. Whether they are hurricanes or tornadoes, whether they bring rain or snow, they're part of the change.
It's time we took this seriously. It will get worse.
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