A powerful cyclone that originated off the coast of Mexico, to gain strength, covered the Midwest of the USA. The wind speed in some areas up to 80 kilometers per hour. Powerful snowfall has covered almost half of the U.S., covered over some areas of the Midwest under 60-cm layer of snow.
According to authorities, wind and icing caused breakage of the transmission lines in the area from Texas to the States of New England.
Freezing rain and a sharp decrease in temperature resulted in the breakage of the transmission lines, but also to the failure of several substations.
On the East coast of the U.S. interrupted train service between new York, Philadelphia and Boston. In Boston because of the snowfall does not work public transport.
‘S national weather service warns that the fallen snow cyclone makes moving around the country almost «impossible» and «life threatening» so the inhabitants of the country it is best to wait out the storm at home. As expected, snow cyclone will linger over the country, at least three days.
Disaster struck in France, USA and Japan
Natural disasters have covered several parts of the world. Freezing rain paralyzed traffic in France. Fifty cars collided near Paris Roissy airport. Suffered about forty people. To release the roadway, police took several hours. In the French capital has sharply increased the number of patients in the emergency room.
Catastrophic weather events are becoming the new norm on the planet – are we ready for such a life?
In the last two decades, we have ignored the impassioned pleas of scientists to realize that the continuous burning of fossil fuels is harmful to the Earth. Now we will be forced to pay higher price for our mistakes.
If readers were yesterday in the satellite flying over America, they would have seen some truly amazing, even the terrible spectacle. A large part of North America was closed spread over two thousand miles from Texas to Maine – storm, dropping from heaven to earth a huge amount of snow. Between the howling wind and squalls of snow, meteorologists described the storm as \”probably the worst ever happened in Chicago, and said that on lake Michigan waves reached a height of 8 meters.
Meanwhile, extensive cyclone Jcpd came on the coast of Queensland in Australia. Although the storm was at low tide, the weather service of the country warned that «its impact is likely to be more dangerous to humans than any of the storms that have been tested over the last 3-4 decades». Especially considering the fact that his heavy rains will now fall to the ground, already flooded previous storms.
The year has just started, and again such disasters? Well, welcome to the planet of 2011, which, like a naughty teenager, decided to test the limits. For two centuries we fearlessly burning coal, oil and gas, releasing carbon into the atmosphere; within two decades, we have ignored more and more fervent prayers of scientists to pay attention to the situation. And last year, nature decided to turn to us some other place. So it’s only the beginning!
Of course, were before the storms, storms and cyclones – our planet was always ready to entertain us emergency events. But, by definition, extreme events should happen rarely, and then suddenly they became frequent. In 2010, nineteen countries have established unprecedented new temperature records (a record in itself!), and when in early June, the thermometer reached 53.3 degrees Celsius on the land along the Indus, the entire Asian continent broke the previous temperature records. Russia caught fire; Pakistan drowned. Munich Re, the biggest insurance company on earth, last month summed up the terrible years of such clinical phrase: «the high number of weather-related natural catastrophes and record temperatures recorded both in the world and in some regions, indicates future future climate change on the planet».
No need to be a Ph.D. to understand what is happening. The carbon, which we poured into the atmosphere, now holds more of the sun’s heat around the planet. And this extra energy is manifested thousand ways – from ice melt to monstrous storms. Because warm air can hold more water vapor than cold, it is not surprising that the atmosphere was 4% rawer than 40 years ago. It «The 4-percent additional moisture activates the storms, it provides a whole cloud of moisture for these storms», \”says Kevin Trenberth, head of section climate analysis at the National Center for atmospheric research U.S. government (NCAR). That is, someone puts a glass of bones on record rains, snow, and other cataclysms on the Earth shakes, and throws. Now, the day before yesterday, the bones fell to the Midwest in the States and Queensland. And the year has only just begun…
The point of all the above is simple: the laws of chemistry and physics really work. We don’t just live in a suburb, or in a democracy, the free market; we live on the earth, which has its own defined rules. Physics and chemistry are not interested in what he thinks Vladimir Putin; they do not touch the questions of Barack Obama. Unfortunately, they don’t care even the price of gasoline and bread in Egypt. More carbon (specifically, carbon dioxide) means that the Earth’s temperature to rise again, which means new troubles for humans – and these troubles had just begun.
So far, we have raised the planet’s temperature per degree, which was already enough to melt the Arctic. The consensus prediction for this century says that without decisive action to eliminate the use of fossil fuels – what needs to be done much faster than it is convenient from a political or economic point of view, we will see how in the twenty-first century, the average temperature will rise by five degrees. Taking into account the information that one degree allows you to melt the Arctic, should we consider ourselves an awful lucky?
George D. Fedoseev, Journalist BCM.ru