Does Extreme Weather indicate Climate Change?

We are closing out the third month of 2015. In North America, California is in an extended drought, while Alaskans had to truck in snow and relocate the start of the Iditarod. Ice at the North Pole has thinned, while northeastern states have been slammed repeatedly with bitter cold and record snowfalls. Pacific Ocean temperatures off Washington are said to be seven degrees above normal, while Greenland ice melt has created a pool of cold water in the northwest Atlantic, and critical ocean currents appear to be dying. Chile is drying up, while Antarctica is setting new high temperature records and glacial melting is accelerating.

Now, here’s one more piece of evidence, as posted at Weather Underground.com:

20150331.. Super Typhoon Maysak, sat.view (source.. WxUnderground)

MODIS satellite image of Super Typhoon Maysak taken at 03:55 UTC March 31, 2015. At the time, Maysak was a Category 5 storm with 160 mph winds. Image credit: NASA.

20150331.. Typhoon Maysak forecast map by JTWC

JTWC forecast map estimating a 4/5/2015 landfall in the northern Philippines.

“According to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) database, 2015 is now the only season since records began in 1945 to feature three typhoons during the first three months of the year (January, February, and March), and also the first season to have two major typhoons (Category 3 or stronger) during the first three months of the year.”

Maybe it is time we get our carbon diet under control. Travel less. Live smarter. Consume less fuel. Become more deliberate, and more concerned about the world we will leave behind for the next generation