“What’s that it says in Revelations?” Wanda asked today at work. “‘You will be unable to tell the difference in the seasons’?”
So yeah, it’s like, 80°.
Apparently that’s strange even for Augusta.
Weirdness is occurring elsewhere, too…it’s so warm in Russia that bears aren’t even hibernating properly, while Venice’s waterways are too dry for boating.
While I’m sure this has more to do with global climate change than it does with the tsunami-inflicting earthquakes, it has been calculated that the quakes changed the Earth’s orbit. Of course,
Dr. Richard Gross of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., and Dr. Benjamin Fong Chao, of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md., said all earthquakes have some affect on Earth’s rotation. It’s just they are usually barely noticeable.
“Any worldly event that involves the movement of mass affects the Earth’s rotation, from seasonal weather down to driving a car,” Chao said.
The world’s pretty resilient, in other words. (The more important question is whether or not humans are.)