Thursday, April 21, 2011

Is Tornado Alley Moving?

"Climate change is an unproven science."

Admittedly, I am a tree hugging progressive, attempting to garden my way into a greener world, and encourage others to do so, as well.  I have always tried to be connected to the land on which I lived, trying to grow whatever I can where ever I live.  When there is good growing weather, predictable patterns, I can get my crop(s) in safely.  In my youth, I was told that living in north Texas meant that we were right in the middle of "Tornado Alley", which continued up into Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska.  Most of the tornados occurred in this area.

There was a tornado in Vermont last year.  Tornados east of the Mississippi were once a rare thing, but not anymore.  Just a few days ago tornados killed 45 people in North Carolina.  The weather is becoming more unpredictable.

As tornados march east, the lack of rain and humidity have left western states like Texas in a tinder-box condition, resulting in over 1 million acres burned by wildfires.  With over 125,000 acres burning at once, several reporters described Texas as burning from border to border.

While easterly tornados and western wildfires are not unheard of, both are occurring on a more regular basis and with greater intensities.  Granted, these observations are anecdotal and based on a period of only 30 years, but when one addresses even broader historical data, the same inferences are drawn.

Our climate is changing, this is not in question.  Whether or not this change is caused by our own hands, or is simply part of our planet's natural process, might be.  Given that the global market has seen no indisputable proof that it is man-made, all broad sweeping efforts to alter made-man CO2 emissions standards were halted or outrightly discarded.  So, if our world is changing again, and there is nothing we are doing to cause the change, nor anything we are willing to do to avert the change...then expect to see drought areas get wider, while some storms in other areas get more severe.

The Earth's climate is changing, and we are ushering it forward.

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