It’s forty degrees in Florida and fifty in Vermont. All my snow has melted and I’m thinking about gardening but it’s March. I’ve never gardened in March.
I find myself worrying about the earthquakes in Haiti and Chile. They are predicting a third one in the North West hemisphere due to those shifts. That means Alaska, California, or Hawaii. The Chile one may have shifted the Earth’s axis and shortened the day according to NASA by 3 seconds. Earthquakes can involve shifting hundreds of kilometers of rock by several meters, changing the distribution of mass on the planet. This affects the Earth’s rotation much like an ice skater spinning and holding out there arms. The further from their bodies the slower the spin, the same thing applies to our planet.
I understand these new changes are not affecting the weather today but how will it change in the long run?
Global temperatures increased for twenty years from the late 1970s to the late 1990s but have been cooling the last eleven years. The global warming and subsequent cooling were predictable due to hundreds of years of trends and observation of the impact of variations in solar activity on global temperature.
Did you know that the Roman Period and Medieval Period were both several degrees warmer than today's temperature. The world then cooled at least four degrees from 1450 to 1850. This period was called the Little Ice Age (a period of glacial advance, the same glaciers that are in retreat today). These temperature variations were not caused by man. They were caused entirely by natural forces.
Nothing is within our control and we can adapt. I’ve spent hours researching weather patterns, trends, and earthquakes. What did I learn?
Shit happens. Deal.
The things I worry about today, people worried about them twenty years ago. I read articles about odd weather in France where the amount of rain that down poured on them poisoned the Seine and the river got clogged by three tons of dead fish. *gasp* I checked the date. It happened over a decade ago. *sigh* Weird things happen. I wish they didn’t but I’ll stop obsessing about it now and go plan my garden.