Extreme Cold Does Not Mean Climate Change Isn’t Happening!

The next person who tells me this arctic freeze is proof that the globe is not getting hotter is likely to get a snow shovel slammed over his head.

For one, climate and weather are different things. For another, there is actually some pretty good evidence that climate change is actually triggering colder, more extreme weather, not disproving itself.

I think Randall Monroe sums it up the best, however.

ETA: Alaska is warmer than New England today.

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I look at this and think, well this future indeed sucks…

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…but maybe some other futures will be better.

Billy Dan lives in Texas and runs our Facebook page. He’s kind of quiet at first, but once you get to know him he’s downright chatty!  😉

Seriously though, I’ve been talking to Billy Dan recently about the water crisis in his state. We’ve heard the voicemails that talk about water shortages in the future, and we know it’s only going to get worse. This is just one of those messages, and that date is a bit concerning. That’s only six years from now!

2020 Unknown

Brownouts and power shortages are already happening globally, and there’s actually some danger in Billy Dan’s state as well. He’s a good man to stay in touch with, as we explore these messages from possible futures, and wait for the next Chronofall in just a few weeks!

Alex lives in…Illinois? Indiana?  I always get those fly-over states mixed up.  😉 She keeps the FutureCoast tumblr running, and manages to raise 2 children and a run an antique store business in her “spare” time. Working moms FTW!

Alex and I talk on the phone more than we communicate online. We’ve become pretty close these last two months due to those calls, and our discussions cover more than just the latest cryptic comment from pKnot or Alex’s seemingly supernatural ability to tweak the chronofact decoder.  We talk about our kids, our career paths (and lack thereof), and our hopes for the future. We’ve even exchanged a few recipes! Without the twins around, I find myself tinkering in the kitchen a bit more, trying things I’ve never really had the time to play with before, like baking bread. I’m just happy I can use a real oven, and not have to resort to some modified cooking surface:

2024 The Lobby

Although, if I had to I could probably make do too.

Sam is a 20-something student who lives in Minnesota, I think. (Right, Sam?) You can find her online at  tumblr and YouTube, mostly. Sam is lucky to have three of her very own chronofacts:

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One of Sam’s chronofacts was decoded to the following message from Oklahoma:

2064 Oklahoma

The fear and worry in the man’s voice is unmistakable. Here’s a possible future where tornadoes are so frequent and devastating that people are forced to live permanently in some kind of shelter where they can’t even see what’s going on outside. While current science is still trying to figure out the relationship between climate change and violent weather events like tornadoes, there is no denying the effect on weather in general.

Life in a permanent storm cellar brings to my mind the Cold War panic, when people built bomb shelters in their backyards and prepared for what many assumed was an inevitable nuclear apocalypse.

We survived the Cold War, and I feel hopeful that we’ll survive Climate Change as well.