Saturday :: Mar 3, 2012

Bigger Storms


by Mary

Yesterday dKos' GreenMother posted a diary that explains why global warming is a huge problem for humanity. Climate change is affecting gardening and agriculture. As she puts it:

You see it everywhere. Back to the land, have a garden. Why if things go really bad, we can live off the fat of the land. And you know that was true 100 year ago, but not any more.

Not with our new extreme weather patterns.

But Climate Change Deniers haven't made the connection yet.

Successful gardening is more difficult than some realize even under the best of circumstances. Growing enough to feed just one family isn't easy.

One major problem for growing plants in the south eastern part of the United States comes from the deadly tornadoes that are cropping up more frequently. Again, from GreenMother:

I note that Tornado Season has changed. More, and more deadly, tornadoes are occurring further East. Those deadly December and February Tornadoes aren't as rare as they used to be.

Ever wonder why they had to create the "Enhanced" Fujita Scale? I do. Like the old Fujita scale was no longer enough to categorize the destructive power of tornadoes after May 3rd 1999.

We get more hail and it is highly destructive hail, driven by more violent winds that also make more violent tornadoes. The tornado doesn't even have to land on your property to destroy your crops or garden. The high winds and the hail can make it look like everything was ran through a paper shredder and then water logged. And while this is always a potential hazard in Tornado alley, it seems more prevalent and damaging lately.

Leafy greens can come back from that. But don't expect much from tomatoes or tomatillos or peppers. Especially if these plants are buried in hail like it's sleet. They just cannot take that chill.

The hail also does a number on Fruit trees as well. All my apples for 2 years in a row, looked like someone shot each one several times with a pellet gun. They rotted before they could ripen because of the bruising and tearing.

Add to that Jeff Master's post about the deadly swarm of tornadoes that hit yesterday killing 31 people.

A massive tornado outbreak of stunning violence swept through the nation's midsection yesterday, spawning deadly tornadoes that killed at least 31. Hardest hit were Kentucky and Southern Indiana, which suffered 13 and 14 dead, respectively. Three were killed in Ohio, and one in Alabama. The scale of the outbreak was truly exceptional, with a preliminary total of 81 tornadoes touching down in eleven states, from southern Ohio to southern Georgia. At one point, 31 separate tornado warnings were in effect during the outbreak. An area larger than Nebraska--81,000 square miles--received tornado warnings, and tornado watches were posted for 300,000 square miles--an area larger than Texas.

And the hail came too. This is a picture from Mt. Joliet, TN.

Our carbon habit is destroying the stable climate in which humans have evolved. The storms and the droughts are just starting.

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