WASHINGTON (AP) — Freakish weather disasters — from the sudden October snowstorm in the Northeast U.S. to the record floods in Thailand — are striking more often. And global warming is likely to spawn more similar weather extremes at a huge cost, says a draft summary of an international climate report obtained by The Associated Press.
The final draft of the report from a panel of the world's top climate scientists paints a wild future for a world already weary of weather catastrophes costing billions of dollars. The report says costs will rise and perhaps some locations will become "increasingly marginal as places to live." end quote.
This actually makes sense when you consider what is happening to the oceans from the North Pole starting to get to the point where it melts out almost completely now every fall. There is a story of what happens on a summer day when you have a soft drink cup with ice in it. You will notice that while there is any ice still left in the cup it stays fairly cool and stable. But if you notice as soon as the last little bit of ice melts the whole cup suddenly warms up to air temperature very fast. A similar effect comes from when the North Polar region suddenly melts out all the way in the Fall of every year around September and October. The normal white of the snow and ice reflects the sunlight. But the blue water of the ocean absorbs the heat instead and increases the solar heating by the sun exponentially. This in turn is going to change the weather as this happens worldwide. The effect so far is that all the melting ice is reducing the temperature of the ocean and raising its levels worldwide the past few years. However, eventually the water will fairly suddenly one of these years start to exponentially start to warm up (relatively speaking) and then every year get warmer and warmer. So this will affect all climates on earth in various ways ongoing.
For example, last year I went to Maui and noticed that the water was colder and higher than I had ever seen it before during this time of year. I noticed the same thing last year and this year from the Northern California coast where I live all the way down to La Jolla and San Diego. So, the ice melting is changing and lowering water temperatures throughout the Pacific Ocean region and also raising water levels everywhere for now. But eventually as the oceans in the north absorb more heat from no ice being there much of the year oceans all over will begin to raise in temperatures which likely will increase the power and strength of Hurricanes worldwide and increase wind speeds in storms etc.