Climate change results in rainier Vancouver spring
We have already managed to significantly change how it rains on our planet with less than one degree C warming so far. The sponge is going to get a whole lot bigger on the fossil fuel path we are heading down. The weather system is going to get a lot more energetic.
Tar sands, fracking and coal mining all increase rainfall and the energy in our weather. Sad, but true. If we choose to keep expanding these industries we are also choosing to leave the world a rainier and more dangerous place for our kids.
Personally, I wish we would all try something more hopeful -- and soon.
Note: In my chart and calculations I used Environment Canada rainfall data for the official Vancouver weather station at YVR. Climate trends are usually based on 30 year averages. I compared the average rainfall for earliest three decades in the records (1940's, 1950's and 1960's) to the most recent 30 years.
- Climate “catastrophe” of 6C dead ahead: IEA : "The world is perfectly on track for a six-degree Celsius increase in temperature. Everybody, even the schoolchildren, knows this is a catastrophe for all of us." And that is without climate tipping points kicking in.
- NASA: it rained so hard the oceans fell : Worldwide rainfall and snowfall were so extreme, in so many places last year, that sea levels fell dramatically. What role did global warming play and where are we headed from here?
- Spring forecast: increasingly cloudy...for decades : The latest climate simulations say increasing CO2 emissions will make our area increasingly cloudy during spring.
- Global warming increasing by 400,000 atomic bombs every day : We are hitting an extreme weather tipping point.
- Climate change giving birth to new cohort of carbon victims: "Generation Hot" : If you're under 30 you've never seen a cooler-than-normal year on Earth. The latest science shows heat is on and lots more is “locked in”.