"No matter how devastating the damage may be, just remember to keep repeating..."this has nothing to do with climate change..."
LOL...Did man-made climate change bring about the warmer weather and drought here in East Tennessee or did the warm weather and drought occur as a result of La Nina and the jet stream?
"BACKGROUND: DROUGHT & LA NINA
"The record-breaking heat and dry conditions this year play a role in Todd's winter prediction. So does a pool of cool water off the coast of South American known as La Nina.
The record-breaking heat and dry conditions this year play a role in Todd's winter prediction. So does a pool of cool water off the coast of South American known as La Nina.
"La Nina is the opposite of last year, when a really strong El Nino with lots of warm water was off the coast of South America. That energy sent us on a rollercoaster of warm and cold weather week-to-week with lots of storms. Overall, last winter was a little colder and wetter than usual in East Tennessee," said Howell.
Switching gears from El Nino, Howell says La Nina generally means slightly warmer-than-average conditions and a little bit drier than normal in East Tennessee. However, the jet stream can still dip down low enough to deliver an icy punch.
"What we do know is we are in a severe drought. It is extremely dry. The drought is expected to possibly hang around into the next few months. That would mean these bone-dry conditions get even worse and soil moisture can affect the weather," said Howell. With all of the aforementioned factors in mind, Todd says it appears winter will arrive rather slowly with slightly warmer and drier conditions than usual, especially early on."
I gotta go with meteorologist Todd Howell's prediction.
There were some 14 fires all around us here in Sevier County and the one closest to me on English Mountain was the one in Jones Cove. It was a nervous night. We had high winds which brought down trees which brought down power lines which inginited dry tinder on the ground. The winds spread the fires rapidly. some may have been caused by arson. BUT...nobody here as yet has blamed it on global warming...except you. Thanks for your expert prognostication but I still have to remain with the local experts.