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The chill of global warming
by Travus T. Hipp
Feb 09, 2008 | 866 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sometimes we make the mistake of taking too large a view of things to get the details of the problem. For instance, the inescapable reality of increasing temperatures around the planet is generally seen in terms of growing deserts and flooded coastal cities. That may well be true in the long run, but for the moment I advise you to get a warm jacket.

Now I am not a climatolological scientist, nor do I play one on TV like your local weather bimbo on the evening news, but it seems to me that the rugged winter weather we are currently suffering through might just have something to do with the larger warming changes. It would seem foolish to ignore the pattern of horrific storms that have marked this season from European flooding and storms, to the blizzards crippling China and our own rash of unseasonable tornadoes in the southeast and white-out snow storms in the Midwest. It would seem that the weather is more intense than the norm we have observed for the past half-century or so.

Now the way I understand it, water is the universal solvent that slowly erodes the earth from mountain-top snows to the global septic system that is our ocean. At sea,the minerals and salts in the water settle out as the heat from the sun evaporates the surface water, which rises into the atmosphere where it cools into clouds of humid vapor. The rotation of the earth causes winds, which blow clouds ashore on the land masses where we live, and as they do so they are heated by the solar gain rising higher and cooling until they condense into rain or snow.

Now, if the earth is warming, it stands to reason that the oceans are evaporating more water than usual, making more clouds and thus more storms and heavier precipitation. The weather becomes extreme. In spring the deep snow packs melt, causing downstream flooding from Minnesota to Texas, the Yangtse to the Ganges and even the war-torn Euphrates, which experienced rare snow this past year.

If this pattern establishes itself as the new norm, at least in the Northern Hemisphere, we may expect cold winters as the planet warms, ground water re-charge as floods sink in and an overall temperature drop for at least the cold seasons of the year. It’s all speculation, but considering science’s record of ignoring the obvious in favor of the big picture, it might be a good idea to keep a scarf and gloves handy.

Travus T. Hipp” is a 40-year veteran radio commentator with six stations in California carrying his daily version of the news and opinions. "The Poor Hippy’s Paul Harvey,” Travus is a member of the Nevada Broadcasters Hall of Fame, but unemployable in the Silver State due to his eclectic political views.

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