Does it seem hotter or colder than usual where you live? Are you getting more snow this winter? Did you experience worse flooding last year? These are some of the questions people are asking these days as we all wonder about earth changes.
We often associate changing weather patterns with changes to our planet and it’s true that they are often times related. Weather patterns change for many reasons but just because the weather seems worse than what you may recall, it could just be normal variations and other earth changes happening naturally, as they have for millennia.
When you look at historical weather data it’s sometimes amazing to see the extremes that have occurred. It might make you realize that maybe what you’ve seen in your lifetime, or what you are seeing now, is not that unusual after all.
Below is a chart showing temperatures for several cities on February 1, 2011 and the high and low records for that date. If you see a city you are familiar with, imagine being there on the date of the record. Would that temperature have have seemed strange? In many cities, it probably would have.
We often times look at our weather as some ominous sign of bad things to come. Yes natural disasters and earth changes occur and always have. Severe weather happens and always has. What can you do about that? Use some common sense for starters...
Let’s say you knew that winter was coming, and having no way to predict how much snow you would get, or exactly how cold it would be, you decided to stock the pantry and get batteries and other items just to be prepared. Would that be a good idea? You bet it would! That’s using common sense.
Climates have always experienced change and continue to experience change. Some change is gradual, some is drastic. We’ve seen serious flooding, drought, and years with a record number of storms. Sometimes we saw years with few major events. In short, things are always changing, and we never see exactly the same thing twice. We still have so much to learn and understand about how changes to our environment and atmosphere dramatically affects our climates.
As it relates to the human interpretation, people have always claimed that extreme weather events are a sign of much more ominous things to come, such as ‘end-times’. It may have been a comet or some other incredible event in space that sparked panic, or maybe it’s fear of a cataclysmic ash-spewing volcano, or other disaster. Or it could be the computer generated images you’ve seen on TV showing how Manhattan will someday be under water due to rising sea levels. Maybe the movie "2012" has you worried.
We’ve always been afraid of weather and earth changes. Consider our ancestors and native inhabitants. Imagine what early people must have thought when witnessing a tornado or hurricane… they were most likely scared beyond belief and these events would have been life-changing for them just as they sometimes are for us today.
Let’s look at a few recent headlines such as these…
“Massive Cyclone slams into Australia”
“California Super-Storm predicted”
“Yellowstone set to erupt soon?”
“Tsunami Death Toll Hits 123,000”
“Severe flooding threatens Midwest”
“Nasty Solar Storms ahead”
“The Ten Biggest American Cities That Are Running Out Of Water”
“Lake Mead nearly half empty”
“Big California Quake likely to devastate State”
After seeing these kinds of headlines, it’s no wonder why we get upset or worry about earth changes. Are these things real? Will the predicted catastrophes really happen? Are these things legitimate? Should we really worry about our earth changes?
Take for example all this news on Yellowstone National Park and the Yellowstone caldera that we’ve heard a lot about lately.
The Yellowstone caldera (or basin) is an approximate 28 x 47 mile area that is known to be one of the world’s largest and most active calderas. It has produced three violent volcanic eruptions in the past 2 million years and some say it’s way overdue for more eruptions that will wipe out the United States.
Closer research shows that recent activity may not be increasing, but some of it may actually be decreasing. According to the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory (YVO) “Geological activity over the past five years includes widespread ground uplift and two notable earthquake swarms. Though scientifically interesting, such events are common in large caldera systems like Yellowstone, and are not indicative of an imminent eruption. Moreover, the research described ground uplift that stopped about a year ago”
The YVO also stated on February 1, 2011, “Careful analysis of the Yellowstone GPS data shows that the accelerated Yellowstone Caldera uplift which started in 2004, has stopped.”
So this observatory’s data actually shows that ‘uplift’ has stopped and imminent eruption is NOT expected. We never know when our earth changes may produce violent destruction but there is no need to panic or spend our time worrying about these spectacular what-if’s that we hear about nearly every day. Simply be prepared as best as you can. We can’t stop a natural disaster from happening right?
What about the recent story of a potential Super-Storm devastating California? Perhaps you saw the program on The Weather Channel that featured the possibility of a gigantic storm causing the levees to fail in the Sacramento valley creating an inland sea as happened in 1861.
Many of the worst case scenarios we hear about are simply that – scenarios created by computer models and predictive indices. That doesn’t mean they WILL happen – that means they could happen. We can’t spend all our time worrying about what might happen. Just be prepared as best as you can.
Knowing that earth changes happen should give you reason enough to be prepared for whatever may come your way – just use common sense and don’t get caught up in all the hype because you will surely see and hear a lot more of it in the next few years.
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