It’s The End Of The World As We Know It

Or is it?

The East Coast is dealing with Hurricane Sandy while the West Coast deals with the after-effects of the 7.7 magnitude earthquake that hit over the weekend.  All of this comes on the heels of the 2012 North American drought, and the Frankenstorms that hit with lightning strikes that lit midnight skies up as if it was midday.

It’s the end of the world as we know it.

Believers of the Mayan prophecy are claiming that the world is in the throes of its final days, and that December 21 will surely see everything fade to black … albeit quite dramatically if we continue with the spectacular weather we’ve had lately.

Truth be told, however, weather is cyclical.  You have wild years, and you have  calm years.  So let’s take a stroll down memory lane, to the winter of 1911-1912 and see if anything sounds familiar.

It was a cold one, that’s for sure, according to Monthly Weather Review.  By the time Christmas 1911 hit, people were shivering and quivering as frigid Arctic air swept across the northern United States, bringing some of the coldest weather seen since about 1886.   It was cold!  Sioux Falls endured the longest stretch of below-zero weather for a single winter, and Niagara Falls froze over … completely.  Yes, Niagara Falls froze so hard that it was possible to people  safely cross Niagara Falls, in vehicles, on any number of ice bridges.

As a side note, don’t forget that in April of 1912, an iceberg was partially responsible for sinking the Titanic.  The rest of the responsibility for the sinking of the Titanic points directly to human pride and simple, straight forward errors.

Getting back on topic:   On July 13, 1910 the Ohinemuri Gazette reported on the “Heat Wave In America.” The news story was from New York City, New York and reported that ten deaths had occurred in New York City and Philadelphia respectively, two in Boston and one in Washington … all as a result of the 1910 North American heatwave. Fast forward 100 years and in beautiful downtown Toronto, eight cooling centers were open to help people cope with the extreme heat caused by the 2010 North American heatwave.

The summer of 1911 was dubbed the 1911 North American Tornado Outbreak. Fast forward 100 years, and the deadly tornado outbreaks across the Midwestern and Southern regions of the United States quickly became the 2011 North American Tornado Outbreak.

We already know what went on in 1912, so the way things are shaping up this month, 2012 is going to be a repeat event.

The experts of the day theorized that since all this crazy weather had happened after the start of the industrial revolution, it was obviously due to society’s use of fossil fuels. According to experts of the day, there were no natural causes that could cause  such extreme temperature swings in the weather.  It had to be caused by fossil fuels.

Experts today theorize that since all this crazy weather has happened after global warming has become an issue, that it’s primarily — and quite obviously — due to society’s use of fossil fuels.  According to experts of the day, there are no natural causes that can cause  such extreme temperature swings in the weather.  It has to be caused primarily by fossil fuels.

Watch out for next year, though, when we get to compete with the 1913 White Hurricane:  a trough of low pressure moving eastward from Minnesota combined with a developing low over the southern Appalachians to create a super-storm over Ohio that will affect the entire continent, but especially in, and around, Lake Erie and Lake Huron.

Sounds worth waiting for, doesn’t it?


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