The Affects of Global Warming on Winter
February 2, 2018
As the holidays come to an end, winter still blasts on at full force. Yet, the strength of the season seems to be depleting, doesn’t it? Winds still blow just as strong, but the bite from the cold just isn’t there anymore. Snow still falls, but it doesn’t stay on the ground long enough to create magnificent snow mountains. Is Jack Frost on vacation, or is there a looming, more dangerous reason? Or maybe you’ve noticed the sudden drop in temperature and extreme snowfall sweeping the nation? Does this mean global warming really is just a hoax?
Global warming has been the controversial subject of countless arguments for the last decade at least. The issue gets thrown back and forth and back again, scientists and skeptics constantly at each other’s throats. But in recent years, the arguments seem to be dying down because of the immense amount of evidence that supports global warming. However, even with people who agree that global warming is happening, new questions are being asked about the issue. Is it a man made thing? How did it start? Can we even stop it? Will this not be worth it in the long run because of the amount of money we’re spending?
New discussions are emerging about the science of global warming and what to do about it, not whether it’s real or a fraud. And still, while the majority of the populations agrees that global warming is happening, some skeptics press on, challenging the science by calling climate change fake or a hoax. Let’s not forget when Senator Jim Inhofe brought a snowball onto the senate floor to try and disprove the issue, saying, “It’s very, very cold out. Very unseasonable.” He made these statements during February of 2015.
The first thing skeptics need to understand is that just because it’s cold in the winter, does not mean climate change is not happening. They are using the weather as an argument.
Weather is the short term changes that come and go with the seasons. It is cold in February because of the weather. Climate is the long term trends that affect large areas. The climate of the desert is hot and humid, and the climate of the Arctic is cold and windy. The climate of the earth is being affected because of the warming of the earth. Because of this, the weather can be changed, but at a much slower rate. We are seeing record high summers with heat waves and droughts. But how does this affect winter?
When the air is warmer, it holds more moisture. Because of the trapped heat in the atmosphere caused by our increasing CO2 emissions, more water is being evaporated and held in the sky. During the winter, if it’s warm enough, it obviously won’t snow. But when it does get cold enough and the excess moisture in the air is released, the snowfall is much, much more intense than normal. This causes strong blizzards and ice storms. This trend is seen in many other weather events such as hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and even just normal rainfall.
Even with all the sudden blizzards and ice storms sweeping through the United States, skeptics still try and use that as an excuse to disprove global warming. Though, it seems they’re ignoring the rest of the world. It is called global warming for a reason. The world is experiencing record heat while North America seems to be getting hit with all the cold. They can’t just ignore other countries and only focus on what kind of weather they’re experiencing. Yes, we are getting hit with all the extreme cold weather, but that does not mean global warming isn’t happening. Take a look at some other countries and notice the droughts, heat waves, and extreme weather. Keep an open mind and look beyond your front door.
Whether it’s snow or sun, rain or blue sky, hurricane or windy, global warming is affecting weather and climate all around the world. Even when you can see your breath and your toes are freezing, it doesn’t mean that global warming is taking a break. It’s still there, and it’s still a big problem. Enjoy the snowy days while they last, because you never know when they might disappear.