Much of the world has been experiencing extreme weather conditions. It seems to be getting more severe every year.
January and February experienced some of the coldest temperatures and large snowstorms in several parts of the United states, Europe and Asia. Many parts of the US, especially the midwest, and northeast had record breaking low temperatures. People were advised to stay warm and indoors to avoid frostbites. Several places had school closures due to the snowstorms and cold.
The severe cold has even caused parts of the Niagara falls to freeze along the way down into spectacular ice floes and icicles.
A new record was created for the coldest game ever played at the NFL playoff game between the Green Bay Packers and SF 49ers that was played at Lambeau Field in Wisconsin. The game was played at a temperature of 4 degrees Fahrenheit and as low as minus 14 (-14) degrees Fahrenheit with the wind chill.
The cold weather is being attributed to a weather phenomenon known as the “polar vortex”. A “polar vortex” is not especially unusual - it brings cold air from the Arctic to the south. However, it is much larger in size this year. Scientists theorize that this may be due to the warmer air on the arctic, a result of climate change. Warmer air on the arctic can cause the polar vortex to expand in size and as a result bring more severe cold waves.
While the northern hemisphere is reeling under the severe cold weather, countries in the southern hemisphere are seeing an extreme heatwave. Even though it’s summer there, when it’s winter here, Australians are preparing for forest fires and people are being told to stay away from beaches.
The heat there was so bad that players and ball-boys at the recent Australian Open tennis championships were treated for hallucination. It was so bad that even water bottles were melting!
Climate change seems to be effecting weather patterns severely everywhere. The snowstorms and blizzards, severe hurricanes, severe heat and cold waves and drought may become a norm. That is scary!
More effort needs to be made to reduce climate change. Everyone needs to ride more bikes, carpool, waste less and recycle more. Every little bit helps.
wind chill: it is a measure of how cold it feels when factoring in the wind.
hallucination: an experience involving the seeing or experiencing something not present or real.