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Most of North America has seen a remarkable paucity of precipitation this summer. While this has been heaven for sun bathers, it has been a disaster for crops across the continent. Expect food prices to sky rocket this fall!

Another effect of dry weather are increased numbers and the intensity of forest fires. I found this awesome map of the USA that grimly and dramatically illustrates the extent of the fires between 2001 and 2010.

Extreme weather, llike the present drought, is a direct consequence of climate change. And the extremes will become more frequent and more “extreme” over the coming decades.

I don’t think our species is ready for this.

Of course, if you believe this continent’s conservative politicians, there is absolutely nothing to worry about; the notion that the climate is changing as a result of human activity is just a liberal conspiracy, right?


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  1. Allan Wood says:

    I think we tend to look for too many explanations under too many rocks. The weather has been like this before in recent history as well as a little further back. History tells us of a temperate climate in Greenland that ended in a mini iceage.

  2. Allan Wood says:

    This weather reminds of the summers we had in southern Ontario back in the late 50′ s.

    1. trashee says:

      Hi Allan! I hope you’re enjoying your summer!
      I was speaking with my Mom along those lines as she grew up on an apple farm in Missassauga (Erindale, at the time) and would have been keenly aware of the weather and how it affected crops. She is still this way! And she agrees that there were some summers in the late ’50’s and early ’60’s like the one we are seeing this year. The data support this.
      Extreme weather, by itself, is not “proof” of climate change. But if one combines it with other obervable trends such as a decrease in glacial mass balance, the disappearance of permafrost, temperature and precipitation patterns, it quickly becomes apparent that somthing is going on.

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