Drouths, floods, blizzards, tornadoes, typhoons, and hurricanes have plagued much of the nation and the world in recent years. Most people considered these weather conditions to be abnormal and temporary, but instead, climatologists now believe that the first half of the 20th century was blessed with unusually mild weather and that the global climate has begun returning to a harsher — but more normal — state.

For the long run, there is mounting evidence of a worldwide cooling trend. The average temperature of the world as a whole has dropped by one-third to one-half a degree Centigrade in the last 30 years. “The decline of prevailing temperatures since about 1945 appears to be the longest-continued downward trend since temperature records began,” says Professor Hubert Lamb of the University of East Anglia in Great Britain.

Source: John Hamer, Sunday Journal and Star

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