Stormy Weather Ahead
We’re sitting here tonight waiting for yet another major storm to hit the coast. According to the local news, we normally see about 2 major storms in an entire winter, but so far this year we’ve had 9, and it’s not even the new year yet.
I have never seen such devastation to the city’s trees. The snow storm we had almost a month ago did many of them in due to the sheer weight of the snow, with major limbs or whole trees crashing to the ground.
Last Friday we experienced another devastating storm with hurricane-force winds that took down thousands more trees within Vancouver alone. Stanley park, our city’s jewel known for its stands of beautiful old cedars and hemlocks, was severely damaged, with an estimated 3, 000 trees down in the park. Logging crews are being brought in to handle the clean up, which could take up to a year, and it will take generations for the forest to return to its previous state.
The thing that really gets me is that people only seem to be concerned about the inconvenience of having no power, or having to boil their water, and are ignoring the fact that our weather has gone completely berserk this year. Jim over at Earth Home Garden has been noticing similar disturbing trends with his local weather in California. Ours certainly isn’t any warmer than it normally is this time of year, but it’s intensely wet and windy, which is exactly what scientists are predicting for this area in the wake of climate change (we’ve had at least one wind or rain warning a week for the last couple of months).
Granted, weather sometimes does strange things, and every little blip can’t be blamed on global warming. But when these things start happening with increasing frequency, we should probably sit up and pay attention.
To learn more about global warming and our effect on it, check out some of the free online videos that I posted here.
What scares me is the prospect that most of North America thinks like this guy does (this is from a comment that someone wrote in response to that post):