What If Global Warming… isn’t Just Warming

A Rare Occurance

If anyone can tell me how hailstones the size of golf balls (thrown at people by hundred-kilometre per hour winds) can form and smash Melbourne during a warmish, humid day, then do so. Now. Okay, so I do have a semi-good idea on how that can happen, but still.

More to the point, be my guest to explain why Melbournian roads were turned into street canals today, when the most water the city ever hears of is ankle-high floods, and even they’re rare. I make no exaggeration. I’m speaking of cars floating down streets and roofs collapsing.

To the person who hypothesized global warming: you didn’t get it completely right. I do not believe this is just about a heating Earth. This is about an Earth who’s weather has gone completely out of control. These parts have gone from 30˚ Celsius right down to 16˚ in the space of a day. And then up again. And down again. And up again. And down again. And it goes on.

It’s been going on like this for weeks.

And, not to mention, we’re not the only ones. Reportedly, places in Europe such as Hungary have been experienced 10˚ drops and rises in the space of 24 hours (not including the middle of the night), as well. Even parts of the Middle East are having odd weather. I’m unsure of what’s going on with the Americas, though, so I won’t comment on that. But there’s no denying that all of this is starting to get a little too odd for my liking.

Anyone who knows me knows I’m a bit of a fanatic when it comes to natural disasters, extreme conditions and weather in general. Year to year, I keep a semi-vigilant eye on this stuff, and I’ve never remembered it to be quite so…

Polar.

At this point, please note that this post may not be completely accurate. I’m going by memory here, but I think I’ve gotten this mostly right (and if it is wrong, it’s not wrong by much). Anyways, I’d like to go on to ask…:

If you live in parts of the world such as Northern Australia, the tropics, Indonesia, Africa or the Americas, tell me what you know (and where you are!) about the weather in your area over the last few weeks. Is it consistent? Are there massive changes in patterns, events and temperature? How extreme are they? It doesn’t have to be detailed; it just needs to be rough (although exact temperatures, either in Celsius or Fahrenheit, would be nice). I’m going to catalogue it for later reference – namely, this time next year.

I want to ride this out and see if things gets worse. I’m no meteorologist, but I do hold a bit of interest in this.

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3 Comments

  1. anassarhenisch said,

    March 6, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    Yeesh, that sounds scary and fun at the same time…

    I think the better term is “climate change” and the theory is that heating the atmosphere throws the climate of everywhere out of whack. Or perhaps that’s my theory, based on my own observations of incredibly violent storms that shouldn’t be happening, and cold summers and warm winters.

    As for my weather: it’s been about on par for the last little while. Maybe a bit drier and sunnier than normal, but not unusually so. However, we only got at most an inch of snow for the whole winter and it was rarely noticeably below freezing, even in my suburb, which is colder than lots. Lots of rain, not much snow. (It’s been spring since Feb. 1, as always.)

    • kyuun said,

      March 6, 2010 at 11:57 pm

      No kidding. I was watching the news, and there was a video of people screaming in pain as the hailstones hit them at about a hundred km/h. There were these two girls who’d been absolutely pelted, and they had all of these lumps and bruises all over their legs and arms…

      Me too, because all evidence is indicating that whatever the greenhouse gases are doing, it’s not just heating the place. For us, well… we’re actually lacking the violent storms. A decade and a bit ago, this place had more than its fair share of summer storms, and there was even light flooding every three years or so. And then… everything, quickly and noticeably, went off. We used to get a violent storm at least eight or nine times in a year, but now we’re lucky to get three, and certainly not at the caliber they used to be.

      Thanks for that, anyways. It has been noted. :) How much snow do you get on a normal year?

      • anassarhenisch said,

        March 7, 2010 at 12:21 am

        Gad. That’s like a bad horror movie. When Mother Nature Attacks!

        Well, in all fairness, Australian weather is notoriously unreliable and skewed. Not trying to belittle your knowledge of local weather patterns. Just saying. ;) Still sucks about the lack of storms and subsequent drought. I’d hope you get the storms back, but given the latest one…

        I don’t know if I’ve been here long enough to be definite, but I think between 6-12 inches? (Sorry, we measure snow in Imperial. Don’t know why.) I know the year we got over 2 feet was very unusual.


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