Today is Monday, and in Chicago the sky is clear and cloudless blue. It's 56 degrees, and people are wearing jackets and hoodies. Everywhere there are colors of orange and red--mums, pumpkins, colored leaves, and spooky Halloween stuff.
But in the UK, people were greeted with a dull yellow sky and a red sun.
The photo above is courtesy of the paper, the SUN. The sky was eerie, unsettling. There was something ominous about it. Birds and animals were acting strangely. The wind was rising.
Is this the world of Blade Runner? Is this the Apocalypse?
— NASA Earth (@NASAEarth) October 16, 2017
No, according to science and meteorologists. You can read more here and here. This is part of the effect of ex-Hurricane Ophelia. It will be the strongest storm to hit Ireland in over 50 years. The winds from the storm have picked up ash from wildfires in Portugal and sand from the Sahara desert, blocking the blue light, making the sky appear murky and the sun more red!
There have been red suns in Seattle, too, this summer, from wildfires in Washington and western Canada.
There are red suns in California, also caused by smoke and wildfires.
And there have been floods in Texas and Florida and Pueto Rico, floods in India and Nepal. In Chicago, Saturday October 14 was the most rain ever in one day in October, and the most rain in one day since July 23, 2011, according to the National Weather Service.
But it's not the apocalypse. It's the weather. This is what climate change looks like. It is global, and local, and it is happening right now.