FARGO — It still gets bitterly cold in winter here, just not as often as it used to. Is that such a bad thing? Probably not! But warm and sticky summer nights are on the increase, too, and so is the frequency of very heavy, warm season rainfalls. Even though last fall’s record rainfall turned harvest season into a disaster, the general trend of warmer nights and a longer growing season has crop yields generally headed up. Crops love a warm summer if there’s enough rain and contemporary crop science has been more than enough to help crops evolve.
But the Global Climate Models are telling us there will be at least another 4-degree rise, and possibly more, by 2100. That’s more than double the rise of the last hundred years. At some point, the increased humidity and rainfall will lose out to increased evaporation rates, and the natural wet-dry cycle will surely go dry again making a long-term, devastating drought seemingly inevitable at some point this century.
The oceans are a long way from here, but more than half the U.S. population lives within 50 miles of the coasts, so rising sea levels will cost all Americans in increasing flood mitigation and disaster clean-ups.
Remember, climate change is not a hot day or a mild winter. It isn’t a drought or a storm. It’s a change in the frequency and perhaps the intensity of these things over time. And much of the climate change of the last 40-50 years has been caused by a chemical change to Earth’s atmosphere for which humans are responsible.
On this topic, the internet is full of misinformation alongside lots of well-intended material that suffers either from an incomplete perspective or a political bias.
To read more, you can find parts one and two below: