January 19th, 2013 22:55 EST
NASA Scientists Say Hotter Years Ahead?
As you sit in your frozen log cabin in nowhere land in the woods of Minnesota on a January winter`s day you begin to nod off and dream about one of the greatest words to anyone that hates cold weather especially `frigid` cold weather and who loves to be able to walk outside wearing nothing more than a pair of shorts and sandals. Those type of people know the word I am talking about very well but if you are one of the other few that are part polar bear and don`t have anything more in your vocabulary but a list of adjectives like cold, numb, frigid, or frozen, the word I am talking about is warm, Ah! That sweet sounding word that makes you think of the beaches in Florida or sitting next to a cactus in the Arizona Desert, the word that excites the mind and stimulates the senses because in the middle of January, the people that love the warm climates are already looking forward to spring that is just around the corner because yes, warm temperatures will finally arrive.
I know I hate cold weather. Maybe because I am part beach bum from the beautiful Southern, California beaches like Malibu, Santa Monica, and where anyone who loves bodybuilding while looking at the rolling tides, hearing sea gulls cry out for their next meal and love the feel of that ocean breeze on your tan skin, Venice Beach.
Of course I think the whole time I lived there the temperature didn`t dip below fifty-degrees. Southern, California is not only well-known for heavy metal music, parties, beautiful women, movie stars but is also for that warm California year-round sunshine. That warm weather not only in California but also all over the large globe we all share may go from warm to extremely hot in the years to come and global warming is being said to be the main culprit for this occurring.
We all know about global warming and the effects that it has had on our many ecosystems and environments around the world. NASA has said that last year, 2012 was the ninth warmest year of any year since 1880. Our global temperatures have been steadily rising since then and over that 132-year span of weather the other years that even came close to how warm last year was were the years of 1988, 2000, 2005 and 2010 which were also ranked by NASA to be the hottest years on record.
I have noticed while I have been living in the Deep South over the last ten years that the spring and summer months have been just about unbearable when it comes to heat and it seems that every spring and summer here gets hotter and hotter each year and the humidity levels go from a mist to a raging waterfall with the hotter temperatures each year bringing more and more moist air inland form the Gulf of Mexico. So I know first hand there is and has definitely been a big warming trend here in the Deep South and around the world.
The shift in the Fahrenheit thermometer since 1880 hasn`t been an all at once extreme variation but has been a gradual shift in hotter temperature but when it comes to temperature and climate even the least amount in the rise in temperature can be felt whether it is a one degree increase or a ten degree increase as we probably felt in 2012.
NASA has said that the average temperature in 2012 was about 58.3 degrees Fahrenheit (14.6 Celsius), which is 1.0 F (0.6 C) warmer than the mid-20th century baseline. The average global temperature has risen about 1.4 degrees F (0.8 C) since 1880, according to the new analysis (nasa.com)
Global warming is on the increase and because of the effects of it has destroyed our ozone layer. The main gas that has been like a huge destructive force to our ozone layer and environment has been the effects of greenhouse gases. Greenhouse gases are Carbon-Dioxide which traps heats and largely controls our Earth`s climate. It occurs naturally and also is emitted by the burning of fossil fuels for energy but has become a big issue with the increase of man-made emission which has driven the levels of greenhouse gases off the charts.
Gavin Schmidt who is a GISS climatologist commented on this, "One more year of numbers isn`t in itself significant. What matters is this decade is warmer than the last decade, and that decade was warmer than the decade before. The planet is warming. The reason it`s warming is because we are pumping increasing amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere." (Schmidt, G.)
I think at this point even if we continue to instill stricter law regulating the amounts of greenhouse gases a company can pollute the air with the damage has been done. What we need to be experimenting with and focusing our attention on his how to fix the damage if possible. This is something you and I probably won`t have to worry about in our lifetime but our kids and grandkids will.
To give you an idea of how much the carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere have been steadily increasing over the years; in 1880 the carbon dioxide level in the atmosphere measured about 285 parts per million. The year 1880 was also the first year that the GISS temperature was recorded on record. In 1960 the carbon dioxide levels measured at 315 parts per million and today the measurement exceeds over 390 parts per million.
NASA has said that last year, 2012 has been the new extreme when it comes to hotter temperatures. "The U.S. temperatures in the summer of 2012 are an example of a new trend of outlying seasonal extremes that are warmer than the hottest seasonal temperatures of the mid-20th century, said James E. Hansen who is the GISS Director. "The climate dice are now loaded. Some seasons still will be cooler than the long-term average, but the perceptive person should notice that the frequency of unusually warm extremes is increasing. It is the extremes that have the most impact on people and other life on the planet." (Hansen, J.)
And yes it does. Anytime you have an extreme in weather or temperatures it is like someone that suddenly experiences a huge hormonal change in their body. It throws the normal balance into a whack of frenzy and creates an extreme of emotions (with a person) or a weird effect on the environment (with the science aspect). In one of my past articles on Global Warming an example of an extreme effect of warmer global temperature on our environment and the living species behavior was when I mentioned that a trucker who was East Bound and Down on one of our major highways way up North reported seeing a herd of Armadillos strutting down the side of the highway. He looked over and almost jack knifed his rig with a burst of surprise has he had to see what in the world those crazy looking creatures were that were acting as normal as the breeze blowing on a warm, spring day in the South.
If anyone knows about Armadillos, their normal habitat is in the South like Texas and especially not in the Northern United States. So, I said that either the effects of global warming is really throwing our ecosystems and environment way out of whack or this herd of Armadillos were on crack and took a wrong turn somewhere off Interstate 10 heading North. I think the answer is global warming is like the crack that is killing off the brain cells of our ecosystems and environment and having such an adverse effect on our wildlife that it is making that wildlife act like two hippies passing the peace pipe (so to speak) at a Janice Joplin concert (back in the 1960s)
So, as you snore away while sitting in your log cabin in the Minnesota woods on a frigid January day don`t just dream about the warm beaches of Florida or that Southwestern warm breeze that inhibits the Arizona Desert. Just be patient and wait a few years because if the global temperature continues to increase over the future years you won`t have to be dreaming about Arizona or Florida while sitting in Minnesota, heck, you won`t have to leave your front porch from your log cabin because cold places in January like Minnesota will more than likely become the new tourist spots to visit in January because there will not be any more adjectives like Frigid when you think of those types of cold places. Global warming and the rise in temperatures will turn those places into the new Florida and Arizona.
NASA FINDS 2012 SUSTAINED LONG-TERM CLIMATE WARMING TREND, http://go.nasa.gov)
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