Global Warming Means More Snow and More Record Cold
For all you “non technical” people, or in the case of some like Rush Limbaugh who have absolutely no understanding of science, let me explain why global warming means that we will experience more snow and more record cold spells.
Global warming means that the overall temperature of the planet is warmer. This means that every molecule and every atom on our planet is moving faster. The best graphic I have seen on this scientific fact is in the article about “absolute Zero temperatures” where all molecules stop moving.
As you can see in this graphic, as the temperatures get warmer, the molecules become more active. They move faster and they have more energy. This means that everything they come in contact with (which is everything on our planet) will become less stable and more dynamic.
Here is where the miscommunication between scientists and non-scientists happens. When scientists say “warmer temperatures” they are saying that the “energy state” of the molecules are higher. This does also mean that the thermometer will read a higher number as well, but if you only understand that the higher number on the thermometer means that it is “warmer outside”, then you will not understand the danger of global warming.
The best way to give you a visual picture of the difference between “Low Energy” molecules and “High Energy” molecules is a pot of boiling water.
When water hits its boiling temperature the visual presentation gives you a good idea about how much power there is in a higher temperature.
So that brings us to the question of how global warming will bring more snow and more record cold spells.
Global warming means that molecules will be at a higher energy state. This means that every form of weather will become more active. We will have more powerful hurricanes. We will have more lightning and thunder. We will have more rain.
Not all of our planet is above the freezing temperature of water. In areas below the freezing temperature of water, this will result in more snow, and more blizzards.
All of the storms and weather fronts will become larger and more active because all of the molecules on our planet now have a higher state of energy. They are moving more and moving faster. When they create a front that is changing the pressure in certain areas, they will move faster and farther than before. This means that when a cold front rushes down from the arctic, it will go further south than before. The freezing cold air of the arctic will reach further south and create record low temperatures. It will also be able to carry more moisture with it so there will be incredible winter storms that are the direct result of global warming.
In fact, we can even take it many steps further than the weather. Global warming is tied to all of our planet’s mechanisms. It effects our sea levels, and global warming is even going to effect volcanoes.
Tia Ghose, LiveScience Staff Writer | LiveScience.com writes : The study, published in the journal Geology, found that during periods of rapid climate change over the last million years, the rapid melting of continental glaciers and the resulting sea-level rise eventually increased volcanic eruptions as much as fold.
So there is your basic education in the REALITY of global warming. Next time you hear Rush Limbaugh claim that a snowstorm is proof that global warming is a hoax, you can mutter in a quiet tone (like I do), “what an idiot”.