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Visitor Submit by Willis Eschenbach

I preserve studying that the freezing chilly climate in Houston, Dallas, and the central US is the results of “international warming”.

After I heard that, my first thought was, … “Whaaa?? How would that work, that getting hotter would make it colder?”

Following up on that logic, my subsequent thought was, “I’m wondering simply how a lot colder the world must get to ensure that Houston to by no means freeze once more?”

That appeared like a terrific factor to me, no extra ice and snow, as a result of I’m a tropical boy. After twenty years of dwelling on beautiful heat Pacific islands, once I see the ice leaping out of my good drink with the little umbrella in it and working round overlaying up the panorama, I name that “Water behaving badly!”.

So I believed I’d have a look and see simply how chilly the globe must get for the US to remain heat on a regular basis. I figured I’d see what number of days of the yr it’s been freezing in Houston, to see simply how a lot “international warming” was rising ice and snow there. Right here’s that graph:

Hmmm … doesn’t seem like “international warming” has elevated freezing in Houston. However undeterred, I saved trying. I figured that Dallas should present some signal of the dreaded “international warming” making icy streets and frozen pipes extra frequent …

Properly, it was beginning to look like the idea that “international warming” makes issues colder wasn’t trying all that good. However I reckoned that certainly, within the coronary heart of the US this thriller phenomenon could possibly be discovered. So I seemed to Oklahoma Metropolis to point out me the reality …

Sixty days a yr beneath freezing? As a tropical boy, I can solely say YIKES! However I digress …

Now, to be clear, that is simply three cities. So I suppose it’s attainable that “international warming” is making some metropolis someplace icier, making frost and burst pipes extra frequent someplace … however it certain isn’t occurring in Houston, Dallas, or Oklahoma Metropolis.

Right here on our Northern California hillside with a tiny little bit of the Pacific seen in a spot between the hills, I reside in a local weather anomaly. The world between about 600 to 800 toes (180 – 240 m) elevation on the western face of the primary vary of hills in from the ocean on this stretch of the coast known as the “Banana Belt” as a result of it stays heat. We’re at about 700 ft elevation, and we are able to develop guavas and avocados on our land.

However a mere quarter-mile (half a kilometre) from my home, on the japanese facet of the ridge, it routinely freezes yearly. Me, I can’t recall the final time it froze the place I reside … go determine. The world of local weather is a strange place.

My warmest and least icy regards to all, and good will and prayers for the people in Texas.

w.

PS—Misunderstandings are rife on the internet. So if you remark, PLEASE quote the precise worlds you might be referring to, so we are able to all perceive who and what you’re discussing.

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