Climate News In A February Gone Crazy
Here’s the good news: Donald Trump has not decommissioned Climate.gov yet.
Here’s the bad news: The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration is forecasting on Climate.gov that, by the end of this century, most of the United States will see a reduction in the number of days with pleasant weather (warm but not hot temperature and not too much rain) in the years to come due to climate change.
That’s important to remember, as the United States experiences a February with weather gone crazy. This month in Buffalo, New York, a city on the border with Canada, there will be more days with highs in the 50s than days with highs in the 20s. Not once this February will Buffalo have dipped below 10 degrees. New York City by the end of this February will have seen 6 days above 60 degrees. These are lovely days to spend outside in the northern United States, basking without a coat on. However, with warming temperatures, we will on the average pay the price for mild winters with baking hot summers.
All signs are that the pace of change in the planet’s climate is accelerating. The surface area of sea ice in the Arctic has been well below all previously seen record low records. Only 19.1 percent of the country is currently covered in snow. Typically, between 30 and 50 percent of the the USA has snow cover on this date.
While all this is going on, Donald Trump has yet to reverse his assertions that anthropogenic climate change is a hoax. Trump has expressed his determination to have America burn more coal, even though it’s not economical to do so, and is preparing a series of executive orders that will eliminate the small advances made in dealing with climate change under Barack Obama.