We need to wake up! We are heating up the planet more and more each year. The fact is that if we keep doing what we are we will be in major trouble and soon.
There was a saying that I grew up with, living in the Seattle Area: ‘A red sky at night meant a sailor delight and a red sky in the morning sailors take warning.’ Now it seems that every night it is red in the sky. Seattle has always been one of the places where we would rust better than we would tan because it would rain a good amount. I grew up in the area and trust me, there were times that it would get warm but never like recently.
Over the last few years, it has been getting warmer, sooner and longer. According to Weatherspark.com the average temperatures are between 37 and 79 degrees. (link below) We would rarely get above 88 degrees.
This is from Seattleweatherblog.com and it shows something that is rather interesting. If you look at the dates, most are from 1990 and above. These are all days that got over 95 degrees. (link below). According the Seattle Times the Seattle area went 56 days in 2017 without rain. There was .02 inches of rain at the Sea-Tac International Airport and that was enough to break the dry streak. (link below) We average about 37.49 inches of precipitation in a year according to Seattleweatherblog.com.
So, you may be wondering why I am using Seattle as my guide for this post, like I said I grew up in the area. I remember when the lawns were green and now they aren’t as green and mostly a sick brownish color. I remember when we could have camp fires now we seem to have burn bans all the time.
When the weather heats up the polar ice melts. This is where the problem hits. The oceans regulate the temperature on the land. There are a series of currents that move the heat from the equator to the polar regions. When the warm water gets closer to places like the British Islands the water releases the heat and they stay warm in the summer and the cold water sinks to the bottom and goes like a giant conveyer belt back to the equator to get warm again.
The ice caps are vital to the process because they reflect sunlight back into space and we need that done. If the ice is gone, then there is no way to cool the water and release the heat. All the ice in the ice caps is fresh water so it would make the oceans less salty and that would cause the food chain to have a problem.
The ice reflects the sun light and the sea water will absorb the sun light. The warmer the water the faster the ice melts, the faster the ice melts the more sea water there is to absorb the sun light.
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