Saturday, October 12, 2013

"Climate Departure": DC's flight leaves in 2047, for "Cloud Atlas"

After blogging so much about the debt ceiling and terrorism, I’ve let my beady eyes go off climate change. 
There is a concept called “climate departure” which is defined as the point where the average temperature of the coolest year is warmer than the warmest year average between 1960 and 2005. The Washington Post has a story here. Generally, climate change seems to raise temperatures in polar regions faster.  But climate departure seems to occur in lower latitudes first.  It would hit Washington DC in 2047, when I would be 104.

Could the mid Atlantics become like Florida some day?  Not clear.  But the heat waves will get longer and storms, while not necessarily more frequent, more intense.  2013 has been a light year for storms in the DC area.  

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