I keep thinking about a meteorology class I took 20 years ago in college. The instructor was a thin energetic, intense guy who advocated getting up at 4 am each day. He was likeable, intelligent, just the littlest bit
I don't remember much from that class. My idea of watching the weather is generally along the lines of looking out the window. However, I keep thinking back to one lecture that really did stick with me all of these twenty years, perhaps because of the intense passion with which it was delivered. He said...
"People think global warming is no big deal. It sounds sort of warm and fuzzy and harmless. So the temperature goes up a couple of degrees, no big deal right? Wrong. Wait, just wait twenty years. When we see drought as bad as the dust bowl, when half of New York City gets wrecked by a hurricane, when upstate NY is worried about tornadoes, when the weather gets so erratic that you see snow one week and overbearing heat the next, when half the country is burning up and the other half is drowning, when 100 year floods happen twice in five years and tornadoes are leveling whole cities, all of that within a few years, that's when people will start to believe that this is real. They'll still be arguing and denying, but just wait twenty years. The weather is gonna get a whole lot more interesting."
I keep thinking about this and I keep wondering what that guy might have to say today. I sure would like to ask him what he thinks the weather will be like in another twenty years.