Global Storming

Good morning everyone and happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Canadians.

I want to extend sympathies to our suffering next-door-neighbours in the province of Manitoba, as residents there recover from a major snowstorm. They took quite a bashing at the end of last week.

News reports say that heavy wet snow, up to 60 mm of precipitation, fell across the province, leaving 32,000 residents without power, including most of the city of Portage-la-Prairie and 2000 in Winnipeg. Manitoba is asking for help from utilities in their neighbouring provinces and the state of Minnesota to help restore their system after power lines and pylons were damaged or downed.

The Mayor of Winnipeg and the provincial premier, Brian Pallister, both declared a state of emergency yesterday, according to today’s Winnipeg Free Press. This gives city employees and Manitoba Hydro work crews more authority to enter private property for assessment and repairs as well as and giving both governments access to additional support.

In addition to lack of power, Winnipeg’s emergency response manager Jason Shaw reported that, “At least 30,000 city-owned trees have been impacted by the storm, with a significant portion completely felled or damaged to the point where they may need to be cut down. There is no estimate how many non-city-owned trees have been damaged.”

Twenty years ago we were hearing so much about Global Warming, and since then we here on the prairies have seen some of the coolest, wettest summers in memory. My husband and his relatives were talking not long ago about the hot summers they remembered when they were young, back in the late 50s – early 60s and I can recall summers in the late 60s that daytime temps over 100 degrees F were common. In our old age none of us want to go back there, so we were giving thanks that climate change has been good for the prairies, with our cooler summers and more abundant rainfall. 🙂

I also recall that when I was a teen, weather forecasters were predicting a coming ice age, since globally temperatures were dropping. Considering that they had the 1930s stats factored in, that’s not so surprising. Summers on the great plains of North America were fiercely hot, winters fiercely cold, and all seasons fiercely dry. Temps had moderated a lot by the 1950s. As I recall, the idea of global warming swept in around the late 1980s. The world would get hotter and drier.

I’ve since read that the “proof” for global warming came from juggling weather statistics and omitting those that didn’t fit the theory. While I have a very small — and very regional — understanding of  world climate, from what I gather the globe really hasn’t gotten much warmer. Consequently the concept has been replaced by “climate change” — supposedly being responsible for the increase in severe hurricanes and storms we’re seeing in the news nowadays. Considering what our neighbours in Manitoba have just been through, “global storming” might be a more apt expression.

Weather history includes some really wild storms, like the freak thunder storm in July of 1935 that left a good strip of southern Alberta covered with 20 cm, or 8″, of hail.

I’m definitely against polluting the environment, but whether there are actually more — or more severe storms — in our day, I just can’t say.

7 thoughts on “Global Storming

  1. You’re brave, Christine. These days, you’re practically considered a dangerous criminal if you don’t swallow the whole global warming theme without blinking.

    There have been massive weather/climate changes over the entire history of the earth. This is not a new thing. I’m not against being a good steward of our lovely planet, but I think it’s a shame that our young people are so terrified that the planet will implode in only 12 more years unless we adopt radical changes as proposed by AOC, and which would wipe out the economy of our country.

    Moderation is the path of wisdom.

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    1. Thanks for your comment. I agree with moderation, and consumer action rather than waiting for the government to do what we need to do ourselves.

      Yes, there have been massive weather changes all through time. My thinking comes largely from studying history. Here I come, beating my favorite drum: history is an important — even vital — subject. We should all know more; it’s a great deterrent to fear and panic. If you don’t know history, then anyone can tell you, “It’s worse now that it ever has been,” and you don’t have the information to refute that statement.

      I recall reading about a European “ice age” that lasted ten years, the 1530s, when Europe saw severely cold winters, dry summers, and bizarre weather much like our 1930s. One Dutch harbor completely silted up; crops failed; famine was rampant; people starved. The Iconoclastic movement was born from the severity of that time. It seems that for every severe situation some movement has sprung up to “fix” the problem as best they knew how. The Flagellants attempting to turn away the wrath of God and end the Bubonic Plague, for example.

      Now we have another situation where some say the world is toast. (I hadn’t heard that the planet is supposed to implode in twelve years.) And again we have an elite group wanting to step in, take control and fix things. Too bad if the peasants are collateral damage. That’s as old as history, too.

      I see a problem with the current proposed cure: the Western world is so sold on it and the elite are ready to turn their countries inside out to bring this about, while many other countries — the ones where we buy so much stuff — are going to do zip about western concerns. I think this needs to be a grass-roots consumer thing: if folks here are really alarmed, they could start buying things made in North America, where pollution controls are in place. And be willing to pay the price.

      Rather, one reads about “well oiled” people saying, “The government should…or MUST…do something about pollution,” meanwhile buying good made in Win-Lang by next-to-slave labour. Or driving, jetting, yachting, cruising, across the globe, burning how much fossil fuel to do so. If we are serious about conserving fossil fuel, we best pony up to improve the situation.

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  2. You’re bang on. No warming, but cooling, we’re going into a Grand Solar Minimum when conditions similar to the so-called Mini Ice Age will prevail. This includes outbreaks of extreme weather. Note, caused by solar conditions not by we insignificant but arrogant humans. And BTW there has been a decrease in severity and frequency of hurricanes. But the media don’t report that. As to climate change, it’s in the nature of climate to change. There is nothing new.

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    1. Thanks for your encouraging comment. Solar conditions do indeed affect weather. In fact some historians feel that it was solar storms in 1816 that caused “the year with no summer.” Apparently these storms produced sunspots visible to the human eye. Others claim the eruption of a volcano altered the earth’s atmosphere for a time. By this time we can only guess which.

      Another mini ice age I don’t really want to see, either — though no one in “weather control” has asked my opinion. 🙂

      Some of our acquaintances claim this whole climate change, as it’s being advanced today, is motivated by a political agenda. I’ll leave that for others to figure out, but I do know statistics are very contradictory and subject to manipulation, depending on the agenda. We dare not ignore pollution, but in the western world the environment has been cleaned up a lot from what they were in 1900 or 1950. I’m very thankful for that.

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