Category Archives: disaster relief

Climate Change: 2010 Most Extreme Weather Perhaps On Record

I came across a great article by Dr. Jeff Masters, a world-leading meteorologist of 30 years, in which he details the very extreme weather documented from 2010, and I want to share his findings with you. 

Dr. Masters’ introduction: 

Every year extraordinary weather events rock the Earth. Records that have stood centuries are broken. Great floods, droughts, and storms affect millions of people, and truly exceptional weather events unprecedented in human history may occur.

But the wild roller-coaster ride of incredible weather events during 2010, in my mind, makes that year the planet’s most extraordinary year for extreme weather since reliable global upper-air data began in the late 1940s. Never in my 30 years as a meteorologist have I witnessed a year like 2010–the astonishing number of weather disasters and unprecedented wild swings in Earth’s atmospheric circulation were like nothing I’ve seen.

The pace of incredible extreme weather events in the U.S. over the past few months have kept me so busy that I’ve been unable to write-up a retrospective look at the weather events of 2010. But I’ve finally managed to finish, so fasten your seat belts for a tour through the top twenty most remarkable weather events of 2010. 

  1. Earth’s hottest year on record. 
  2. Most extreme winter Arctic atmospheric circulation on record; “Snowmageddon” results. 
  3. Arctic sea ice: lowest volume on record, 3rd lowest extent. 
  4. Record melting in Greenland, and a massive calving event. 
  5. Second most extreme shift from El Niño to La Niña. 
  6. Second worst coral bleaching year. 
  7. Wettest year over land. 
  8. Amazon rainforest experiences its 2nd 100-year drought in 5 years. 
  9. Global tropical cyclone activity lowest on record. 
  10. A hyperactive Atlantic hurricane season: 3rd busiest on record. 
  11. A rare tropical storm in the South Atlantic. 
  12. Strongest storm in Southwestern U.S. history. 
  13. Strongest non-coastal storm in U.S. history. 
  14. Weakest and latest-ending East Asian monsoon on record. 
  15. No monsoon depressions in India’s Southwest Monsoon for 2nd time in 134 years. 
  16. The Pakistani flood: most expensive natural disaster in Pakistan’s history, 
  17. The Russian heat wave and drought: deadliest heat wave in human history. 
  18. Record rains trigger Australia’s most expensive natural disaster in history. 
  19. Heaviest rains on record trigger Colombia’s worst flooding disaster in history. 
  20. Tennessee’s 1-in-1000 year flood kills 30, does $2.4 billion in damage. 

Source: Planetsave (http://s.tt/12J9w)

What’s Next On GOP Agenda, That Pesky Disaster Aid Thing

All you people living in hurricane, tornado, or earthquake-prone areas or your area suffers from an act of terrorism, hope you’re not counting on federal, state, or local government to come to your aid when a disaster strikes your town. The GOP’s new plan to curb “big-government spending” is to declare that disasters will no longer be considered “emergencies.”

If GOP gets their way, when a disaster occurs, before money can be sent to state and local governments to help with relief efforts, you know those little things like searching for the missing or community clean up or providing for people left homeless, the federal government would be required to off-set the money needed by cutting money from other places in the federal government, i.e., education, Medicare and Social Security, etc.

GOP tried to do this when hurricanes Katrina and Rita hit Louisiana and Mississippi but at that time there were still some level-headed conservative representatives who quickly shut this down. However, as has been very apparent since Obama was elected, all civility and common sense has left the GOP and has been taking over by the radical right, anti-government wing of the party.

In regards to the recent tornado’s in the midwest, a senator from my home state as well as Congressman Cantor responded to the reasoning behind this move.

“I appreciate more than most the damage and difficulties the people of Missouri are going through. I know there will be emergency funding for that,” Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions, who hails from tornado-damaged Alabama, said on the Senate floor Wednesday. “There is a legitimate question as to whether we ought to not find that emergency spending someplace in our budget where it can be recovered that is not so important.”

On Monday, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) made clear that offsets would be part of the discussion for any aid package in the wake of a tornado that killed more than 100 people in Missouri.

I have to wonder what is next on their list of big government programs to alter or just completely get rid of. Unfortunately, I can only imagine what their very cold hearts will cut next.