It's not the apocalypse, according to science

It's not the apocalypse, according to science
image--The Sun UK

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?

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.






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  • Great post, we need reminders about climate change!

  • In reply to Kathy Mathews:

    Thanks so much for reading, Kathy!

  • Ophelia? Will Hamlet be a hurricane too? Or will he not? That is the question.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Ha, ha, thanks for reading, AW. I think Hamlet was Harvey this year...

  • There were red suns here too. I was in as grocery store where the clerk pointed out an especially red sunset, but the radio said about 5 minutes later it was due to Canadian wildfires.

    I'm somewhat surprised that a postropical storm in Ireland sucked stuff from Portugal and Africa.

  • In reply to jack:

    Thanks for reading, Jack. Yes, red suns here, too. Ophelia is massive--that tail end reached North Africa, and winds added fuel to the wildfires in Spain and Portugal. I am also surprised that the North Atlantic is warm enough to sustain this storm.

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    There were stories that the remnants of Hurricane Maria hit Ireland. I don't think Ophelia was mentioned on this side of the pond until now.

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