Severe Weather on the Rise in North America

Tornadoes and fires have been terrible! How many people think beyond, “Oh my God, that was CRAZY!”? There has been a higher increases in weather-related losses in North America than any other continent. Look at this graph:

upward trends in weather-related lossCould it be explained scientifically? Maybe. Are the powers-that-be picking on (or punishing) North America? Interesting thought that might be plausible depending on your beliefs.

Nowhere in the world is the rising number of natural catastrophes more evident than in North America. The study shows a nearly quintupled number of weather-related loss events in North America for the past three decades, compared with an increase factor of 4 in Asia, 2.5 in Africa, 2 in Europe and 1.5 in South America. Anthropogenic climate change is believed to contribute to this trend, though it influences various perils in different ways. Climate change particularly affects formation of heat-waves, droughts, intense precipitation events … (read more)

And still, we North Americans continue to be prideful, greedy, arrogant, and boastful. I’m not saying that the weather is a direct result of those things, but the possibility of some connection is something to ponder.

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