“Normal” Weather: A Thing of the Past

By Veronica Rarick

Weather, for the most part, is predictable –normal– but that’s starting to change.

“Normal weather” is becoming a thing of the past, and it’s because of society. We have set records that aren’t meant for us – or anybody – to break, giving cause to El Niño and hot temperatures, delayed snow/too much snow, extended rainy seasons, and diseases like the Zika virus to thrive.

Increased global temperatures have caused the glaciers to shrink, higher oceans, and

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Prediction of sea level in Miami Coastline in the year 2030 after rising 1 meter. Image credit: 2007 2030, Inc / Architecture 2030 and 2007 Google, Inc.

 

plant and animals ranges to shift. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) forecast global temperature to increase 2.5 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit over the next century.

 

Though, with temperatures rising, the growing season for crops will be longer since there will be no frost covering the ground. Longer growing seasons affects the ecosystems and agriculture.

Changes in precipitation patterns will occur all over the U.S. In the north NASA predicts more rain and in the Southwest less. Warmer,

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Picture of “current” Miami coastline. Image Credit: 2007 Google, Inc.

and higher waters will cause stronger hurricanes. The less land there is via rising waters the less likely the hurricane can break up before hitting coastal cities like Miami.

 

Coastal cities will erode because of rising sea levels. The sea has already risen 8 inches since 1880. It is projected to rise another 1 to 4 feet by 2100. Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach all could be partly submerged or worse within a lifetime.

Global warming is real and affecting us locally, hence Miami’s lake sized puddles and beach erosion. If nothing is done our homes will be gone, the history of our cultures a memory – a fairytale like the underwater city of Atlantis.   

 

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