Hurricane Michael: Another Monster of Climate Change

With the three most devastating Hurricanes in the Atlantic hurricane season, Harvey, Irma, and Maria wrecking, Texas, Rico, Florida and the US Virgin Islands in 2017, the changes of the climate is increasing more vivid. It has also been 13 years and people are still trying to recover from Katrina. There has been more earthquakes worldwide and other streams of natural disasters such as tsunamis and tornadoes. It is very unlikely that we are experiencing these extremely severe climatic conditions due to natural external causes of global warming alone. By the cutting down of trees, burning of fossils and biomass, aerosol emissions; humans are contributing greatly and are causing our own demise indirectly.

Hurricane Michael’s damage

Michael is the strongest tropical cyclone to make landfall in the United States since Andrew in 1992. The total death toll across the states of Florida, Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia has risen to 17. Thousands have been reported missing. The hurricane brought vast flooding to the cities of the Florida Panhandle, with beaches overflowing savaging houses and commercial buildings. Rooting some up from there foundation. Survivors are reported to be left only with ” the clothes on their back”. While they baffle to find food and salvage the remains to what is left of houses after the devastating Category 4 passed .We must brace ourselves for more hurricanes, as we have almost a month remaining in the Atlantic hurricane season; the billions that the country will need to spend to rectify the damages and time it will take to restore normality.

Extreme climatic changes

Temperature rise

The period 1906-2005, has brought an increase in the temperatures, mainly because of the burning of fossil fuels. With warmer days and nights. Fewer cool day and fewer cool nights. 1998 and 2005 were the warmest years. Lower diurnal temperature range is experienced and also a steadily decreasing Intra-Annual extreme temperature range

Rainfall Variations

The Northern latitudes have become increasingly wetter and the Tropics drier. Droughts are more severe, however when there is rainfall it is heavier than per usual causing massive floods. Hurricanes have become intensely dangerous and their effects extremely devastating.

Rise in Sea Levels

The melting of mountain glacier and ice caps, warmer ocean temperatures that causes the expansion of the ocean waters and to a lesser extent the melting of the Greenland and Antarctic Ice sheets has caused a great increase in the current sea levels across the Pacific, Atlantic and Caribbean basins.

The effects of climate change on the economy

The economy of countries severely affected by the change in climate is staggering. Amplified natural disasters not only affect the basic living conditions of residents, but the country on a whole that has to spend millions and even billion to rebuild infrastructures. Agriculture suffers greatly, tourism is hampered and health is compromised. In some cases complete mayhem is experienced as a result of these horrific disasters. Disasters which are seemingly uncontrollable. We cannot ignore the fact that great focus and subsequently increasing mitigating measures will need to be put in place to combats the issues of climate change.

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