Snow, snow, and more snow! In some places the snow is setting records along with freezing temperatures. For example, the snowpack in the California mountains is already 200% above average for this time of year with more snow on the way this week! The LA Times ran a story warning that the biggest storm in years is about to hit the state complete with mudslides, rainfall, and flooding. Looks like the drought is over. The National Weather Service has been warning of “crippling snow” an urged residence to stock up on food and fuel. They’ve been telling residence to stock up as in preparation for being stranded at home for several days! Power outages, roof failures, and avalanches have also been warned about.
If that isn’t enough here’s this….SNOW IN THE SAHARA! Yes I’m talking the Sahara Desert! Some places have accumulations of 3 ft. This desert hasn’t seen snow since 1979 and it’s kind of weird to see snow covering the red sands of one of the hottest places on earth! Check out the links below to see the photos.
In Europe the Danube River has ice 13 feet thick! Six cities in Serbia have declared states of emergency. The ice is mainly at the Dalj Bend area and 2 Hungarian icebreakers have been called in to bust up some of the growing ice. Two Serbian icebreakers are also on the river trying to bust up the thick ice.
Snow is also covering Spanish beaches, Greek Isles, Morocco, Turkey, Algeria, and elsewhere. Some of these locations have never seen snow while others haven’t seen it in a long while in any significant measure.
So what is going on?
For at least the past 12,000 years we have been in a warming period (interglacial) and that period encompasses recorded human history. Anything before that is deemed as “prehistory” generally. This warming period is the Holocene period which we are in today which began about 11,700 years ago. The Holocene is part of a period known as the “Quaternary Period.” During this Quaternary Period there have been ice ages (glaciations), animal extinction events, and other events. This period began about 2.58 mya and continues to the present day. This period has also seen warming periods (no ours is not the first). One thing that the Quaternary Period has shown us is that warming periods ALWAYS end and the ice returns! Is this what is happening now?
We’ve spent years now preparing for global warming but should we be preparing for global cooling instead? Some of the warming periods in the past have been warmer than today. Is our present warming period almost over? Is the ice soon to return? One thing is 100% certain and that is that CLIMATE CHANGE IS REAL AND IT IS HAPPENING NOW!! Question is is it global warming OR global COOLING!
Either way the growing climate change is going to spell disaster for our way of life. Climate changes have resulted in several mass extinction events in prehistory. If significant cooling or heating happened rather suddenly it would spell absolute disaster for modern society. There would be crop failures, extinction events, and may other changes on this planet that WOULD affect every living human being today. I know the argument has been over whether it is global heating or cooling but the bottom line is that CLIMATE CHANGE is happening one way or the other!
Here’s something else that bothers me about climate change. We know from ice core samples that something happens in terms of climate on this planet ever so often and we know that it happens rather suddenly. Question is what is it? Tribal stories speak of all kinds of things happening such as the Navajo story speaking of the Earth turning over 3 times and the Mayan story of the sun setting on the horizon but never rising for slightly over a day and then suddenly setting and rising in the opposite direction! Oral traditions all over the world are full of such stories but, sadly, we don’t take them seriously for the most part! Perhaps we should start taking them VERY SERIOUSLY!! They just might save many lives!!
All kinds of theories have been put forth over the years about what that “something” is but the fact is we don’t really know what happens. We do know that some areas that are not polar areas were once in tropical zones. What caused this massive change is unknown.
I have noticed over the past several years that winters have gotten longer and colder in many places. I’ve also noticed that in some places summers have gotten hotter and hotter. Is this heating part of global cooling or visa versa? We can argue about that until hell freezes over but it solves nothing in my opinion. Perhaps we should start preparing for BOTH global warming and global cooling.
Snow in the Sahara: https://www.iceagenow.info/sahara-desert-biggest-snowfall-living-memory/
Snow on Spanish Beaches: https://www.iceagenow.info/photos-snow-covering-spain-beaches/
Quaternary Period: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quaternary