Sunday, April 13, 2014

"Years of Living Dangerously"

Climate change is a complex topic and even some of the experts have a difficult time grasping all of the implications.  As the climate changes so does the society and world in which we live.  The most recent findings of the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) point out what the science knows and the risks ahead.

Now a documentary series tries to bring the knowledge of climate change to the ordinary person.  It does this by telling the stories of people affected by climate change.  How does degrading the environment affect the world and the food you eat?  How does drought relate to climate change?  What are the risks involved in our future?

These are some of the questions addressed in a new Showtime series airing Sunday, April 13, 2014, at 10 p.m. called “Years of Living Dangerously”.  It is a nine-part series that will address a number of topics related to climate change.

The first episode is already available on the internet at the website .  If you do not get Showtime, you can watch it here.  Below is a discussion on the documentary and climate change from two of the participants in the program on a recent Face The Nation on CBS:

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Time to Plant

I have been advising gardeners to delay planting tender plants this year due to a weather pattern that has been in place since late October, 2013.  The pattern made it more likely for a late freeze.  Normally the last freeze would occur in the Midlands by late March.  Most would simply wait until Easter, but Easter is quite late this year.  The latest freeze was on March 27th and it was a hard freeze with a low of 28° F.  It was very close to freezing on March 31st with a low of 33° F, but there was frost that morning.

Another cold, dry air mass is making its way south and computer models have been suggesting that a frost or freeze might occur on Thursday, April 10th.  High pressure will settle over the area with clear skies, light winds, and dry air for Thursday morning.  The forecast for Columbia is for a low near 40° F that morning, but outlying areas may drop into the mid 30s.  This would be enough for a light frost in low-lying protected areas due to radiational cooling at night.

This will likely be the last chance of a frost or freeze.  If it does not happen then the previous dates will be the last freeze or frost.  The chance of a frost or freeze on April 10th was strong enough to advise gardeners to wait.  The seven-day forecast reveals that it will be time to plant this weekend.

The 7-day forecast made Wednesday, April 9, 2014 for Columbia, SC.  Click on the image for a larger view.  Image Credit: WLTX-TV.