Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Wild and Wacky Weather

Last week I was bundled up in scarves, mittens, long underwear, and fuzzy boots. Yesterday I wore flip-flops. To say that the weather lately has been crazy would be a total understatement.

What I want to know is when did the weather get so out of whack? I mean, I know there have always been storms and harsh winters and Indian summers and such. But isn't this just ... more?

I have come up with some theories on the source of our wild weather.

Climate Change
I dare not call it global warming because, hello, it was like negative two hundred degrees last week. But it does seem like something significant in our Climate is sure Changing. Whether humans are the main/sole/contributing cause is up for debate.

Planetary Cycles
Throughout history, Planet Earth has gone through different climate phases, without help from chlorofluorocarbons, greenhouse gases, and depleted ozone. Case in point: The Little Ice Age, a period of unusually cold and rainy weather that affected Europe and the eastern United States in the early 1800s.

Population Overload
If you've ever been at a party that started off freezing but, after a few hours of dancing and chatting and crowds of people, turned into a sweatfest you know that the human body is a high caliber furnace. Maybe all the extra billions of people swarming the planet are messing with the Earth's temperature regulation.

Mother Nature's Wrath
We humans haven't always treated her with utmost respect. Maybe she's getting a little revenge.

The Mayan doomsday day is looming closer and humanity might have less than two years left until the end of the world (or the calendar restarts or whatever). Maybe this is a sign of bigger troubles to come.

Okay, those are my theories. What do you think? Have a theory of your own to share? And, more importantly, are there any solutions in sight?




TinaFerraro said...

Hey, TLC, no theories necessarily, but our weather has flip-flopped. Two days ago it was 80 degrees and I was in shorts. It rained last night, and today it's so cool that I am in my cozy sweats. Crazy!

nymfaux said...

while I'm not a big fan of the flip-flopping, I kind of wished I was back home...because everyone but me got snow days!!!---the weather reminds me more of the big winters I remember when I was a kid, as oppose to the wimpy ones of late.

but then again, I don't think my vote counts, because I don't live in a place that believes in winter.

stephhale said...

The seasons are completely different here now. We are very hot well into October most years and winter can last until April. We had a blizzard two weeks ago and today I got away with just wearing a sweatshirt outside. It's crazy. I really hope the Mayans are wrong because I'm going to be upset that I didn't spend the next two years touring the world and charging up my credit cards if they are right. :)

nymfaux said...

about the Mayan stuff, I remember hearing an interpretation more like "the end of the world AS WE KNOW IT."

so it's more like some kind of unfathomable CHANGE.

which gives me a little more comfort
[likes to pretend there is no impending doom]

Heather Davis said...

The weather is crazy, that's for sure, TLC. I have no theories other than what you mentioned about the effect of humans on the planet. Still cold here in the NW. No 70 degrees for us...