Unprecedented October Snowstorm, say the news reports. True. Watching snow melt to reveal fully leafed-out or turning trees is a stunning visual non sequitur. I’ve never seen it before.
The climate has been really weird, and got suddenly weirder the last year and a half. We’ve had the most snow and rain ever recorded in the Northeast U.S. It’s been cold and cloudy. Those who would deny Global Warming (a/k/a Climate Change) have ammunition in their ongoing battle for public skepticism.
But, it’s not so simple as that…
Remember the volcanic eruption shutting down the airports all over Europe the summer before last?
This article on the aftereffects of the Mount Pinatubo eruption in 1991 shows that radical climatic disruption is an aftereffect of volcanic eruption. The aberrations of the last two years have a mitigating explanation; we are suffering the aftereffects of many major volcanic eruptions the last two years, including those in Eyjafjallajokull, Iceland, and Kirishima, Japan. Volcanic activity is continuous and ongoing.
What are the effects of Global Warming on geology? We know that matter expands when heated. If the Earth is getting warmer, it’s reasonable to theorize that it is expanding – so what are some possible effects on the geology? Heightened earthquake, tidal, and volcanic activity, accompanied by even more bizarre meteorological phenomena? It seems that cataclysmic natural disasters are proliferating: earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, wildfires, Nor’easters, blizzards, typhoons. There have been tornadoes in lower Westchester County, NY, and in the Bronx and Long Island, for the first time ever. Are these all the result of human activity such as deforestation, the use of automobiles and burning of fossil fuels, and the raising of livestock for food?
Maybe this is the Earth’s immune system, trying to protect it from the Human threat. Earth expands, volcanoes erupt blocking sunlight, and earth cools down again for a little while.
This post is speculation and hypothesis, not complete science. But asking the right questions based on known facts are the beginning of scientific inquiry.