The ocean and atmosphere may be cold, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t hot.
Don’t let cool spring fool you, experts say global warming is a fact
BY MIKE FAULK
YAKIMA, Wash. — With this year’s heavy snowpack and a cool, wet spring that has delayed some harvests, it might be tempting to conclude that global warming isn’t an issue in the Yakima Valley.
But some of the state’s most respected climate experts say the planet is still warming as carbon dioxide levels rise faster than ever, and the results have major implications for the region.
Polar oceanographer Miles McPhee said unusual temperatures, plus the recent increase in tornadoes and storms nationally, indicate of a growing imbalance in the earth’s weather patterns, caused by a rapid increase in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and the oceans.
“You can tie that to the energy we’ve been seeing in these storms,” said McPhee, a Naches resident and graduate of Stanford University and the University of Washington. “The earth has to address this imbalance by moving heat around, and it’s doing it in a way that might not be advantageous for us.”
It’s true that temperatures in the Pacific Northwest have been cooler than average this year, but McPhee said temperatures in the Southwest have been higher than average
That is simply not true.