This summer everyday brings news of bad weather somewhere in the world. Record temperatures in Seattle and Scotland. Record rain falls in Germany and England. A massive heat dome over the West. As part of that record “monsoon” rains in Arizona. Here in Southern California no records yet, but the temperature hovers around 90 degrees day after day with the hot months of August and September ahead of us. Lurking in the background and little commented on is the issue, if we are having record heat waves, is the ocean is getting hotter also and that leads in turn to sea level rise. We will all be reminded of this when the first hurricane slashes on shore somewhere in the southern U.S. Then areas suffering high tides will be vulnerable to larger, more violent storms built by the warmer, higher ocean levels. Eroding sea shores and damaged beach fronts will result.
What is being reported at the moment should help us keep in mind what lurks ahead and will be far more dangerous in the long run.