…and no I don’t mean that in terms of what you say when you’re at your local bar trolling around for a date on a Saturday night. Rather, it is the result of extensive weather data review (which summarized) states the following:
If you’re 27 or younger, you’re never experienced a colder than average month.
Wow; that’s heavy.
Think about it: this says that temperatures have already been gradually increasing for some time now – nearly thirty years now – to the point where nearly two generations of humans haven’t experienced any major cold snaps. Every land surface in the world saw warmer-than-average temperatures except Alaska and the eastern tip of Russia. The continental United States has been blanketed with record warmth — and the seas just off the East Coast have been much warmer than average (for which hurricanes like Sandy love to feed off of).
The report, issued by NOAA (that’s the National Oceanic Atmosphere Administration – the folks who bring you the official weather report) goes on to state:
* The average temperature across land and ocean surfaces during October was 14.63°C (58.23°F). This is 0.63°C (1.13°F) above the 20th century average and ties with 2008 as the fifth warmest October on record.
* The record warmest October occurred in 2003 and the record coldest October occurred in 1912.
* This is the 332nd consecutive month with an above-average temperature.
Bad weather costs money – big money. Bad weather is bad for business. Period. And while Hurricane Sandy’s damages of around $50 billion (give or take an odd $100 million or so) was certainly big and expensive, these damages will likely be overshadowed by the huge costs of the great drought of 2012.
Drought of 2012?
Yes, indeed: experts have been busy comparing elements of 2012’s drought to that of the Great Dust Bowl of the 1930’s, and while it will be several months before the costs of one of America’s worst drought will be tallied, the 2012 drought is expected to cut America’s GDP (Gross Domestic Product) by 0.5 – 1 percentage points, analysts from Deutsche Bank Securities announced this week.
Now that’s a big cut – and talk about bad timing: just as when things are starting to turn around economically, we get hit with this.
Nor is this just about money. Hurricane Sandy was involved in the deaths of over 113 souls, but the deaths associated with drought and heat waves are even higher, as (according to NOAA) the heat waves associated with the U.S. droughts of 1980 and 1988 had death tolls of 10,000 and 7,500 respectively, and the heat wave associated with the $12 billion (in damages) 2011 Texas drought killed 95 Americans.
As for those who denounce the numbers, suggesting that global warming is merely some sort of liberal-minded anti-business conspiracy, well, that’s your choice (and frankly, try telling that to the insurance carriers!). But just like baseball and politics, the numbers don’t lie. Something serious is going on, and for those folks who don’t want to acknowledge it, that’s their choice. It’s worth noting, however, that a number of these folk who denounce all of this as some sort of weird conspiracy are also among the very same folk who are going to refuse acknowledging those polling numbers and data from the last election – and with the aftermath of the last election, a lot of those folk are out of a job or no longer collecting on their contracts.
In Las Vegas (or any other casino town), the numbers are just that: numbers. But unless you know the numbers, odds are you’re the one who’s going to be standing outside looking in, wandering about, seeking a place to crash on the Strip.
In this case of understanding what’s happening to our climate, however, we’re looking at placing ourselves in a very unforgiving position: Earth is the only one planet we have – and without it, we’re dead.
There are just some things I won’t bet against the house on – and where I live is one of them.
Maybe it’s time we all started thinking this way.
For more, check this out: http://grist.org/news/if-youre-27-or-younger-youve-never-experienced-a-colder-than-average-month/