Friday, January 06, 2006

Arizona's global warming winter of 06

TUCSON -- It is a warm and dry 'winter' in the Sonoran Desert this year. Very warm and dry. 81 on Christmas. A global warming winter.

05 was the hottest year on record and 06 may go higher. Summer (and Spring & Fall) this year may be killers, superhot, especially more at night with 'urban heat island' effect.

Global warming is a big threat to Arizona. Some places could become virtually unlivable much of the year. Water is already very limited, and more heat, agriculture, people and sprawl mean we'll use more precious H2O. Rivers will further suffer.

We are in for a wild hot ride in the future. At some point we won't be able to turn the A/C up high enough to escape.

7 comments:

Jeneiene Schaffer said...

That's why we need to sell our house NOW, Daniel and move north. Anyone interested in buying a great house? Comes with my husband's pain in the ass dog and six chickens...just in time for bird flu!

LOL, Jeneiene (Mrs. P)

DRP said...

Not for sale

Anonymous said...

the sky is falling.... the sky is falling....

DRP said...

Ignore the reality of global warming at your own peril, 'anonymous'. But stop dragging down the world and all of us with your bad polluting habits.

laura said...

Don't move North... its fucking cold!!!! I so enjoy the change of seasons but winter seems to take a longer period of time nowadays.... I am ready for spring.

Eli Blake said...

We've already seen very plain pictorial evidence of the polar icecaps shrinking (And shipping companies are well aware of it, spending money to improve port facilities and railroad access to ports along the Siberian arctic coast and Hudson Bay in preparation for the day when the fabled 'northwest passage' will become a reality cutting shipping costs between Asia and North America.) The snows that Hemingway wrote about on top of Mt. Kilimanjaro will be only photographic memories by 2020; it's crater is now visible for the first time in 11,000 years. Sea levels are rising and will rise 2-4 feet next century (that is an estimate according to NASA and NOAA, not some wild group of environmental fanatics), inundating coastal areas of continents (so don't buy that retirement home on a beachfront) and submerging island nations like the Maldives and Tonga.

Meanwhile, the southwestern U.S. gets hotter and drier as the jet (the boundary between hot and cool air, and also the stormtrack) moves northward, and higher water surface temperatures result in more and larger hurricanes-- both forecast by global warming models as early as the 1970's.

There will always be people who deny that there is global warming, or when confronted with the evidence, will deny that people have anything to do with it. But they are like the people who deny that smoking causes cancer, claim that the Apollo landings were filmed in a Hollywood studio, or who insist that there is an empty casket buried under Elvis' tombstone. They are a bunch of nuts, and it's not worth arguing with screwballs.

Eli Blake said...

And by the way, the highs in Winslow (the cooler, northern part of AZ) have been unseasonably warm as well, in the sixties.

Lucky we are underpopulated here and have a good aquifer, which makes us the luckiest people in Arizona.