Location: Wellington, New Zealand. Temperate, coastal, sandy, windy,
posted 6 years ago
It's such a biggie, that ironically md might be the best place to post
I know the USA had a drought last season. What's happening this year for you guys? Europe? Asia?
Australia's already challenging climate seems to have gone bonkers.
NZs in a frightening dry spell: the last rain Wellington had was Feb 4, and there's a nationwide fireban for the first time since 1950something.
Next year's rumoured to be worse.
Greywater, tank storage and water waste reduction are lfinally looking like practical options for not just envirohippieextremists.
About time. Nothing like a apocalypse on your doorstep to get things moving along!
Here in NE USA in the past 30 days I have gotten two winter storm that dropped around 2ft each, with wind gust at 60mph. I think monday coming is suppose to be 60F and just last week was 10F. I would not be surprise if there was a drought for the next 9+ month coming either.
The following represents my opinion, and in no way should be interpreted as suggesting anyone on this site is in any way less than perfect!
While I find the idea of human induced climate change totally plausible (CO2 traps water, water traps heat, exhibit A - Venus), I don't know that we can really point to particular things (like a drought, or storms) and say "See! That's it, right there!" Given the total global temperature variation at any given time (from super freezing to very hot) I don't see that relatively small increases (like a few degrees on average, based on worst case projections?) are likely to cause the Weathapocalypse. I find the likelihood that we destroy ourselves (through super dooper flawless totally well thought through science like GMOs) long before we see globally significant changes to weather patterns.
Location: North Georgia / Appalachian mountains , Zone 7A
posted 6 years ago
I'm no scientist, so I won't say this is "climate change", my local conditions might be the cause of normal cyclical weather conditions, El niño/La niña patterns,etc.
But the last few winters have been pretty mild. The last decade has had much less snow than before. I can remember lows down to the single digits 5-10 years ago but in the last handful of years, 11F/-12C was the lowest, and in the last two, 18F/-8F has been the lowest.
hard freezes have been rare generally.
Thunderstorms in the middle of Winter is something I don't remember happening ever until the last five years or so.