Climate change has become a sort of synonym for “global warming.”
When climatologists talk about the warming of Planet Earth, they drop the term “climate change,” as if the conditions are interchangeable.
I’ve been thinking just a bit about that. I am not so sure we can bind them together.
Out here on the High Plains of Texas, we’ve been battered over the course of several days by high wind. It’s been dry, too.
I bring this up because for the past 23 years my wife and I have called the Texas Panhandle home, we have welcomed those reliable “March winds.” This year, March arrived about, oh, two months early.
For much of January we have been battling the wind that is supposed to arrive just in time for spring. The wind brings with it those threatening clouds, the downpours, the occasional hail storms.
This year it’s just the wind. Fifty mph gusts have followed sustained wind of about 20 to 30 mph.
Is it mere coincidence that the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration reported that 2017 was the second-warmest year on record? Has the worldwide warming produced some of the windblown consequence we’re experiencing in early 2018 out here on what I call the Texas Tundra?
And is climate change generally synonymous with global warming? Does one event mean the existence of the other?
I believe the climate is changing. I also believe the planet is getting warmer. I am not yet willing to link the two conditions together.