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Kennedy: Do something about this weather

It was Charles Dudley Warner, although often misattributed to Mark Twain, who said “Everyone talks about the weather but nobody does anything about it.” Well, we certainly have had a lot to talk about over the last several months.

We had late March’s normal temperatures in early February which caused my “daffeydills” and “two lips” to sprout. Then there was the spate of nor’easters that raked across the entire East Coast one after the other bringing cold, wind and rain to Maryland but massive snowfalls to our north. And last week we had the storm that blasted us with the two-day snowstorm before it too moved on to dump on coastal areas from Pennsylvania to Maine.

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According to the weather nerds on TV our normal (?) temps this time of year should be highs in the mid-50s and lows well above freezing. But since the February thaw, which had some daytime highs nearing or above 70, we have had to contend with daytime highs 10 or more degrees below the normal and lows well below freezing.

We’re not the only area having to deal with horrendous weather. In Alabama, where my daughter lives, there have been storm-spurned tornadoes with baseball-sized hail. Those storms lifted the roofs off of buildings at Jacksonville University and the hail damaged cars on many dealer’s lots so that those cars cannot be sold. The hail broke the windows and soaked the interiors while denting the bodies and destroying the paint.

Say what you will about climate change or global warming, the changes in the number and severity of storms over the last number of years has deepened my belief that there is something going on. Whether or not such changes are purely or partially a result of human endeavor is for members of the scientific community to determine and most have come down on the side of such change, at the very least, being partially caused by human actions. I have seen with my own eyes the retreating of Alaskan glaciers and on TV the shrinking of Arctic Ocean sea ice, and then there was that Delaware-sized chunk of ice that broke off of Antarctica so those areas must be warming.

Once upon a time, way back in pre-history, these latitudes were covered by a vast rain forest, which was the habitat for dinosaurs. On the other hand, the Great Lakes were carved by glaciers during the ice ages. Is it possible that the climatic pendulum may now be swinging back toward a warmer Earth? Could it be that the increasing use of fossil fuels over the last 150 years may be speeding up that pendulum? Only time will tell, but if that is the case, the use of non-polluting sources of the energy that we all depend on to support our way of life must be increased.

Every nation on this planet, save for the good old U.S. of A., thanks to the Trump administration, is on board with the idea to diminish the air pollution which, according to scientists, is causing this change in our climate. It behooves all of us to support those whose mission is to slow, if not reverse the effects from our use of fossil fuels.

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