Global warming and wacky weather
It’s official – scientists have finally confirmed what we’ve known/suspected for a while: climate change is causing some very odd weather patterns.
While this might not sound all that groundbreaking, it is the first time scientists have been able to conclusively link weather oddities with mankind’s impact on the global climate.
To establish these findings, scientists examined six bizarre that occurred in 2011: higher overall higher temperatures in Europe, the Texas droughts, the warm November in the UK and following freezing winter weather, and the droughts at east Africa.
While the droughts and warmer temperatures were attributed to climate change – with the Texas drought being 20 times more likely to occur than in 1960 – the cold winter weather and Bangkok floods could not be connected to human impact.
So what are the takeaways for preppers? First off, it makes climate change much more likely to be the cause of the apocalypse. We’ll be returning to this shortly in our series on the 10 flavors of the apocalypse.
Second, the findings indicate that even if the apocalypse is a ways off, weird weather is here to stay. These “mini-pocalypse” events, such as extreme droughts or the recent heat wave and severe thunderstorms in the US, may not end society as we know it but they are certainly likely to continue disrupting it. Making sure you’re adequately prepared for these events will not only make your life more comfortable (particularly if you’re the only one with AC when the temperature hits 100), but will also make your chances of surviving the big one much higher. Consider these a chance to practice and hone your survival skills.
Finally, the report also serves as a good reminder that we don’t know everything. Even though the scientists are confident that global warming is having a significant impact on severe weather events, it’s still a percentages game. Nothing is certain other than these weather events will still occur, just as they always have. No one can predict the frequency, location, or type of event with any certainty. Thus, the best plan of attack is to use your limited resources (time and money) to address the issues that are most likely and most dangerous where you live. If it’s on the coast, this may be preparing for hurricanes and flooding. Those in the mountains may be most concerned with forest fires. City dwellers have an entirely different set of needs than their rural counterparts. Calculate what’s most probably for your neck of the woods and act accordingly. It’s about all we can do in these bizarre times.