April 10, 2016

BW photograph of an iced-over puddle in April 2016.

Copyright 2016 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

Today is April 10, 2016.  As the sun was coming up, it was 26 degrees…

BW photograph of snow pellets laying on leaves and downed wood-April 2016.

Copyright 2016 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

and there was a dusting of snow from the precipitation of yesterday and last night.

Despite that local picture, and it is important to remember that the current below normal temperatures in the Mid-Atlantic and other regions of the United States are indicative of the overall warming of the planet, the Antarctic ice sheets are melting at a rate that would lead to a sea level rise of six feet or more by 2100, as reported here.  That link includes maps of several large U. S. cities that will be inundated by the rising seas-similar effects would occur in other low-laying parts of the world.  The increased melting of the Antarctic ice sheets exacerbates the co-occurring increased melting of the Greenland ice sheets, which are absorbing, rather than reflecting, heat due to the accumulation of soot, as reported here.  Given the decrease in ice mass and the re-distribution of water, there appears to have been an effect on the tilt of the Earth on its axis as well.  Please read the linked article as it also includes another issue affecting Earth’s land masses.

One would think that more than the planet would be on tilt over this information.

Take care.


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