The way January is shaping up, people might just remember 2013 as a calm year in weather. That is a phenomenon called creeping normalcy, which at The Global Warming Foundation, we aim to fight. It is basically a trick of memory, as we remember sharply demarcated changes better than gradual ones. In the news this week, floodwaters have inundated the Philippines and Indonesia, while in North America the polar vortex, the “hole” in the jet stream letting through tons of freezing arctic air, is causing temperatures as low as -40ºC (ºF). Meanwhile, unprecedented drought spawned fires in California are raging out of control. The drought threatens to cause “explosive fires” for at least the next few months.
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