History: Climate cycle

Tafarah James
FiredUp Network Sports Writer

@jTafarah

Wednesday, December 8, 2021


Climate cycles can be destructive. Heavy rainfalls, heavy snowfalls, tornadoes are just some effects of climate cycles. Now there is a lot of science behind climate cycles, scientists have been trying for years to figure out when does this happens and why this happens. Not many people know that the climate system has four parts to keep it functioning, the four parts are the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, the cryosphere, and the land surface. The sun also plays an important role in the climate cycle as the four parts of the system relies on the sun to function. According to an article written by the IPCC, the atmosphere is the most unstable and fast-changing part of the system because it is constantly changing with the planet. There are a lot of moving parts on how climate is formed and how climate cycles can happen. One cycle that happens every 100,000 years is the Milankovitch cycle, which is when the sun gets too close to the Earth causing a shift in the rotation. Every 100,000 years it changes ever so slightly and causes havoc on the climate system and since the planet is already dealing with global warming it adds fuel to the fire. There is no place on the earth that has the same climate and weather so the cycle can have different effects on regions, countries, and states. Colder temperatures aren’t the only concern when it comes to cycle periods, but causes breaking records of heat in the summer months which we have seen in 2020 and 2021. As we saw heat records causing wildfires in places where it is usually hot, but some parts of the world got the worse of the sun that citizens were suffering from heat strokes and that was only in the summer alone! To follow up with the extreme weather, places that normally don’t experience rain, had downpours of rain to the point where areas were flooded. This is an example of the Milankovitch Cycle. British Columbia just experienced what people are calling the worse storm in centuries in the middle of November! According to an article written by the Supernatural British Columbia Canada, the weather in the region is influenced by latitude, mountains, the Pacific Ocean, and the temperature. Average precipitation is warmer in the south and milder on the coast and the rainfall is heaviest in the coastal communities. Now even though it states this, British Columbia hasn’t really seen that much rain to the point where it destroys land and highways the way it has. Precipitation is brought from the Pacific Ocean and is stored at the top of the mountains for a period of time. From British Columbia to Europe, to South Africa. These places react differently to the Milankovitch cycle. These extreme weathers happened before, and it is repeating itself. It is beneficial to learn about the Climate cycles and to get familiarized with the system and how it affects the weather around you. Even though it happens every 100,000 years it could happen sooner as global warming could cause changes in the cycle as well. Pay attention because this could happen in a town near you. To learn more about the Milankovitch Cycle and the climate system, click on the links below:

https://climate.nasa.gov/news/2948/milankovitch-orbital-cycles-and-their-role-in-earths-climate/

https://www.ipcc.ch/site/assets/uploads/2018/03/TAR-01.pdf

 

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