Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Signals of climate change in Florida ... by gimleteye

Watch this spectacular NOVA episode on the "Earth From Space". I vote, yes, for all the satellites we can put up to provide us data, science, and information to inform public policies on climate change. Of course, part of the resistance in Congress to investing in NASA is the same as what causes Republicans in Florida to support the elimination of science capacity in state environmental agencies. US Senator Marco Rubio still has not met with climate change scientists.

I had an interesting exchange with a Florida mango grower from Palm Beach county yesterday:

Hi Alan,

We have been having a difficult season this summer as is all of South Florida. Rather than having one big crop for our season, we (along with everyone) either had none or several small crops all spread out. That is the way it is here for us. We had three very small crops and very quickly went through the first two crops with mostly our local customers and now we are waiting for the third and last crop to grow and be ready. We thank you for your support and understanding.

On Tue, Jul 2, 2013 at 8:02 PM, I replied:

Thanks for the note, Marilynn. Much appreciated. I wonder if this is a sign of climate change ...

On Jul 2, 2013, at 7:59 PM, Marilynn wrote:

YES!! It's definitely because the weather has changed. Everything is confused. When this began happening this year, I checked with other mango growers in South Florida online and everyone was talking about it. They all agreed it was because of the changes in the weather. While I was doing that someone came on from a northern state and said it is that way everywhere, no matter what you are growing. THEN, a man came on from India. He said he raises mangoes and ship thousands of tons of mangoes each year all over the world. He described his grove this year and it is doing the same as ours in South Florida. How can someone say it is not climate change? It does seem that way . . . Even those straight line winds that came here the past two summers, blowing our mangoes off the trees at 60 mph ending our season . . . .we never had them here before like that. The weather is definitely going through changes.


Anonymous said...

Do charter schools in Florida require the teaching of creationism?

Ross said...

Eugene Flinn's blog always reports the first sighting of local mangoes, and he had an unusually early report this May.

We are still harvesting at my place -- a series of mini harvests. The squirrels are happy but I bet the bees are confused.

Anonymous said...

I usually have bees colonize in the spring around the eaves of my house. This year the bees also came, but they were all staggering around like they were drunk, then fell on the ground and died and the hive never materialized.