Climate Change: A Midwesterner’s Take

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  1. No. I don’t think humans have enough power to be the sole contributor to the weather, but I, like you, am not quick to dismiss the fact that 5 billion humans must have SOME effect. However, I’m having a hard time explaining the weather over here: We’ve had a record number (my guess, not a scientific fact) of 60-degree days in January and February, while the rest of the country has been buried in snow for a month now. I really can’t explain that at all. Can you?

    1. Personally, I just think it is part of a much larger cycle that we just don’t see yet…since intelligent homo sapiens have been keeping weather records for a reasonably short time and the rest is just archeological hypothesis…

      1. I was contemplating your blog the other day when driving to visit my parents 4 hours away. When you leave my town you go through major farm country covered in fields, silos, tractors, bales of hay, the whole nine yards. My sister was traveling with me and we started talking about weather for some reason. When I mentioned to her that coming out to the country was a GREAT way to escape the nasty after-heat of summer evenings, it started to hit me that humans may have a greater effect on weather and climate than I had originally thought.

        Why is it nice to leave the city on a summer evening and enjoy the countryside? Because it’s as much as 10 degrees (in my estimation) cooler out in the fields than it is on Main Street downtown. Why is that? Because the paved roads, cement and steel buildings, and brick facades suck heat from the sun and then radiate it for hours after the sun disappears for the night. Out in the country, that doesn’t happen. Plants don’t radiate heat, really. And to add to that, often farmers spend afternoons and evenings watering their crops. The water sprayed into the air cools it down, and if you’re lucky, you might get a mist on your face.

        Humans build the roads, buildings and facades. So perhaps it IS our doing when it is unbearably hot even after the sun goes down, eh? Just a thought….

      2. It is true that in the cities we generate a lot of our own heat…but when you consider how little space these cities occupy in relation to the rest of the planet…well…I’m just not sure how much “global” impact these zones have (although I am sure is is significant)

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