Dramatic changes in weather could threaten 150 million people living along the coastlines
It’s no big secret that out-of-control weather patterns have become the new norm globally. Harsh weather conditions across the face of the planet are accelerating day by day. And there is not much time to prepare for what’s to come.
Scientists affirm weather conditions are rapidly changing. The drastic changes could leave 150 million people underwater from flooding alone by the year 2050.
Antarctic ice melts are increasing. And it’s a cause for concern.
When land-based ice shelves melt sea levels rise.
When ice that floats on water melts no rise occurs. This can be easily demonstrated by filling a glass of water with ice and then topping it off to the brim with water. As the ice melts the water will not overflow out of the glass. This means that melting ice that sits on top of the water will not cause any rise in levels.
“Antarctica’s northern George VI Ice Shelf experienced record melting during the 2019-2020 summer season compared to 31 previous summers of dramatically lower melt, a new study found,” according to a University of Colorado at Boulder study titled Extreme melt on Antarctica’s George VI ice shelf.
“Using satellite observations that detect meltwater on top of the ice and within near-surface snow, the researchers found the most widespread melt of any season,” the study published in late-February reveals. “Surface meltwater ponding is potentially dangerous to ice shelves because when these lakes drain, the ice fractures and may trigger ice-shelf break-up.”
And if that’s not enough, the Atlantic Ocean conveyor is slowing. The congestion in the ocean current could trigger catastrophic and irreversible effects that may affect weather patterns.
Henrik Praetorius reporting for the European publication Tipes reports that “abrupt shifts of the tropical monsoons, reductions in Northern Hemisphere rainfall, and strengthening of North Atlantic storm tracks” are imminent within decades.
“These are some of the impacts that climate scientists expect if the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC), which redistributes heat from equatorial regions to the Northern Hemisphere, suddenly tips into a dormant state as a result of global warming,” Praetorius writes. “The consequences would drastically alter conditions for agriculture, biodiversity, and the economy in large parts of the World.”
It’s all happening fast. Take the U.S. for example. Just look at the severe weather that Texas and other states in the Southeast endured in Mid-to-late February.
The weather was so severe that statewide grid failures left over 3.5 million customers without power. Power failures eventually led to a loss of pressure in water systems. And parasites found their way into the water supply forcing residents to boil their water.
However, millions without power struggled to boil water because most homes come equipped with electric ranges. Fuel supplies dwindled, adding to the problem.
Making matters worse, people were left without any heat. Some died in their homes.
Fast-forwarding to March 15th, Southern states are bracing for extreme weather this week as the winter theme continues across the U.S.
Meteorologists have warned residents located in the Southern Plains to prepare for thunderstorms, tornadoes, and rounds of flooding.
“Even though these storms may be isolated in nature, they can bring all facets of severe weather ranging from large hail and damaging wind gusts to a couple of tornadoes,” Accuweather reports. “The storms may reach the St. Louis metro area during the evening hours.”
New Orleans and Nashville may see wind speeds of up to 80 miles per hour on Tuesday and Wednesday as things intensify.
All of this is a cause for concern. According to Statista, an agency that tracks various statistics, the number of deaths due to weather conditions and storms in the U.S. in 2019 was in the hundreds.
Ocean rip currents claimed the most number of lives in 2019. Extreme heat was number two on the list, claiming 73 victims. River flooding was number three, causing 49 people to perish. Tornadoes, thunderstorms, and wind trail close behind, garnering 115 deaths.
The 2019 body count conveys a grim message. Being prepared is not only a must–it’s a necessity.
If only the good people of Texas would have been equipped with a backup power source like a solar generator.
If only they would have known how to heat their home without electricity.