..No mastodons yet, I spent the last 2 days working nearly nonstop, snow plowing, shoveling snow and other global warming delights. We had a very major blizzard and I assure everyone, I was snowplowing at 1am in near zero visibility and I wasn’t wearing a bikini, I was in a snow suit. Imagine that!
ΩΩThe point here is, finally my mountain joined all the other places with lots and lots of fresh snow. And as always, the elements that created this ‘weather’ have been the usual suspects: volcanic eruptions and the phase of the ENSO Atlantic Ocean oscillation coupled with a very strong La Nina in the Pacific. What is really annoying about all of this is the need to shovel snow off of roofs. Dangerous work!
ΩΩAnd even more amusing is the wind. Lots of that, too. All mere weather. Things are getting rather hysterical lately as the push to convince us that we are going to be roasting to death is faltering in the face of vast, icy, wintery weather so of course, the media works very hard to tell us otherwise: Is the world really getting warmer? | Environment | guardian.co.uk is a fine example of ‘don’t look out the window!’ type of reassuring us that we will be wearing bikinis and not mukluks. The latest missive is, the weather is changing even faster. Wow, I can’t wait!
ΩΩPerhaps I should expect some robins to come bobbing to my mountain next week. The Guardian article does mention the ENSO and La Nina effect and even volcanoes but assures us these are coincidental and we should all tremble in our snow boots for fear it might not snow another 10 inches. For the last two days, we had snow an inch or more an hour for many hours and now have around 30 inches and thankfully, it stopped. By the way, in the photo, I am standing on snow, not the ground. Holding a shovel.
ΩΩHere is another amusing article: British wildlife benefits from return to ‘traditional’ seasonal weather. Ah, the weather is now traditional again! That is a false story. Of course, the present life forms conform to present conditions but the climate has changed greatly over the last few million years. Nearly all of Britain as well as significant parts of the US and Canada and Europe have been under miles of ice. When the first Neanderthals and then humans came to these places, virtually nothing was the same species or environment as we are now accustomed to having today. It was tremendously different. Ask any Giant Ground Sloth or Mastodon!
ΩΩThere is still some debate about what caused the Ice Ages and why they ended (hint: no one really knows totally, we mostly guess about this but I am betting this has a great deal to do with our frivolous sun and its changing character as it ages). Indeed, thinking about an elderly sun not functioning quite right due to too much helium and not enough hydrogen brings up really, really, REALLY scary thoughts.
ΩΩFor if we think we control the weather and thus, the earth, we are nuts. But it makes us feel really good as we struggle to control things we can never control. We do impact nature tremendously but our best efforts just might be mercilessly brushed aside by the sun as it pops us abruptly into another Ice Age. History tells us, this is much more likely than global warming. That is, every interglacial has been short (ours is already less than 12,000 years old which is about the time limit for interglacials) and we may end up in another nasty cold cycle (the cold phases last over 120,000 years each!).
ΩΩAs I keep saying, human vanity can be most amusing. Anyway, tonight it will be near 0 degrees. Rats. I keep waiting and waiting for the warm weather. Where is it? I am curious.
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