Wetter Falls and Drier Summers
Some of the last winters have been very warm. A scientist with the Climate Change Institute thinks this may be due to the loss of Arctic ice. The ice has shrunk by 40% since 1979. The ice in the Arctic is now one meter thick. It used to be many meters thick. One thing that happens with less snow cover is the sun doesn’t reflect off the snow, rather it warms the earth. What does this indicate for our weather patterns and gardens? We may have wetter Falls and drier, early summers. Some of the biggest changes may be winter conditions. We may have warmer nights in the winter and generally warmer winters.
Rise in Seas Fastest in 28 Centuries!
The oceans are rising faster than at any point in the last 28 centuries, and human emission of greenhouse gases are primarily responsible, scientists reported on February 22, 2016. Oceans could rise by as much as 3 feet by 2100 as ocean water expands and the great ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica begin to collapse. A climate change group called, Climate Central, used the new findings to calculate that roughly three quarters of the tidal floods now occurring in towns along the East Coast would not be happening in the absence of sea-level rise caused by human emissions. New York Times on February 22 2016. The Guardian Febuary 23, 2016