Ed Kluska’s Astrology Newsletter
Below are some interesting notes from various news sources which you may not have read. A separate newsletter will cover my astrological perspective on Hurricane Irma.
~ New York Times: Houston’s unchecked urban sprawl contributed to the devastation. Developers have paved over the low-lying wetlands and prairies that once allowed flood water to seep into the ground. Climate change probably also made this storm worse. While global warming can’t be blamed for causing a specific storm, rising temperature heat the oceans – and ocean warmth intensifies hurricanes. Warmer air also causes more evaporation, more moisture in the atmosphere, and heavy rainfall.
~ Politico.com: Hurricane Harvey is what climate change looks like. The storm drew its energy from the Gulf of Mexico, where sea–surface temperatures were as much a 7.2° above average. The storm likely stalled in one location because climate change has reduced the strength of prevailing winds that normally push weather systems on. One climatologist estimates as much 30% of Harvey’s rainfall is attributed to global warming. And Houston will likely suffer more extremes weather in the future. The city has seen four 100-year flooding events since the spring of 2015.
~ Washington Post: Harvey has been a reminder that we can still bridge our “tribal divisions” when life is at stake. In Houston, thousands of volunteers set off in boats to help people they never met before, with whites rescuing African-Americans, Hispanics rescuing whites, human beings risking their lives for one another. Color, creed, politics – none of that mattered. As devastating as this storm has been, it offered a glimpse of the United States as we should strive to be.
~ USA TODAY: Hurricanes are the atmosphere’s attempt to move heat from the warm equatorial regions toward the cold polar regions ... It’s one of the ways the atmosphere keeps its heat budget balanced ... The tropics near the equator supply the key ingredients needed for tropical cyclones: wide expanses of warm ocean water, air that’s both warm and humid, and normally weak upper-air winds blowing from the same direction as winds near the surface ... Hurricanes also tend to be most intense and frequent in the late summer and early fall, when ocean water is at its hottest ... From a physics standpoint, a hurricane is a “heat engine”. It’s a massive, natural machine for converting heat energy into mechanical energy — the mechanical energy being the energy of the wind ... In addition, hurricanes don’t just transport heat to the poles. They also help radiate that heat out of the tropics into space ... The storms also provide a small percentage — around 2% — of global rainfall during the peak months of the hurricane season.
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