Frozen pipes, icy roads, and blackouts. I have seen wild weather, but this is a first for Louisiana. Climate change is not just global warming pertaining to temperature rise, it appears to be weather extremes — such as the polar ice storms — shocking us across the nation.
Al Roker, the weatherman for NBC’s Today show, helps explain on his program how climate change effects the weather and can cause extreme weather events. This ice storm across the United States is evidence along with the polar ice caps freezing, oceans warming and acidifying, and sea levels rising. We know the Earth is changing.
Winter is my least favorite season because I live in the deep south and experience hot weather. I hope to live in the mountains and experience the winter culture. For now, I stay away from the northern draw to trade for the long summers. With that being said, summers have become longer, ice storms occur that nobody could prepare for, and temperatures break record lows.
We were not prepared for this ice storm because we have not seen this in southern Louisiana during Mardi Gras. We usually take to the streets, eat king cake, and watch floats drive by with music blaring as a celebration. Now, we are witnessing icicles beginning to melt and another freeze on the way. For some, power has not been restored since the start of the storm. One of the main effects of climate change is weather extremes. This involves frequent storms and damages. There have been more hurricanes, tornadoes, and possibly more snow than one can recall to a prior year.
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It seems the people of New Orleans came to embrace Mardi Gras in their own fashion. Weather-related events such as this one is a byproduct of being unaware of the long-term benefits of taking care of the Earth. You can even make it a goal for some to challenge each other with composting, reduction of waste, or plastic use. There are many things we can do without the needed pressure of ice storms during Mardi Gras.
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Lastly, Texas is in the thick of a humanitarian crisis. I do not want to write an article about the ice storm without including our fellow southern neighbor. Loss of power for more than a week, no water, and carbon monoxide poisoning paint a grim picture of what happens to a region without a diversified power grid. I hope to see recovery soon in Texas.
I hope to raise awareness, not proselytize. Scientists are trying to explain this phenomenon of climate change and here is more evidence.