Strategies of Communication on Climate Change

Thursday, January 9, 2014

From the other side of the polar vortex

While everyone in the US is freezing, here in Italy we are still waiting for winter to arrive. I am seeing mosquitoes flying in my house - never seen mosquitoes in Florence in January in all my life. Today it was a 15 degrees C (almost 60 F). Italy is not Nebraska, but in January we were supposed to have snow, once! Instead, it was raining; almost tropical weather. I was expecting to see a T-Rex walking in the garden, in turn transformed into a Jurassic swamp.

It reminds to me the movie "The Secret of the Wings" - maybe you have seen it (OK, it is not for adults, but I loved it). It tells the story of a world sharply divided in two parts: in one it is always winter, in the other it is always spring. It seems that we are seeing something similar in the real word: the Polar Vortex has sharply divided Europe in two: a Winter World and a Spring World - you see below how we are standing in Europe (from MeteoGiuliacci):

They say that next week everything should change and that temperatures should drop of even 15 deg. C. It really looks like a fantasy movie.


  1. Maybe a good way to view where one fits on "the graph" would be to construct one with four poles (like East, West, South and North on a simple compass)....and those poles would be HOT, COLD, WET and DRY. If one wanted to get "more sophisticated" one could also add a Z axis whose two additional poles would be MODERATELY AND EXTREMELY. Each physical place on planet earth could then be plotted and claim its rightful place in the XYZ three dimensional volume. (N-dimensional tensor methods could be applied later as increasing sophistication in space-time differentiation may be required)....But I can already envision a "fourth dimension" that would go from "highly catastrophic frequent and intense events" to slightly less catastrophic and slightly less frequent and intense events". An free download i-phone App also could be developed which automatically reads the user's GPS coordinates (spatially) and determines the season of the year (temporally) (for the given latitude) based on the date, so that travelers can know what weather to expect at any given moment anywhere on the globe. And will know whether to pack an umbrella, a light sweater or just swimming trunks or a winter coat made of materials specially designed by NASA to keep warm on the moon or for how to survive a 300 degree celsius blaze. In other words, appropriate technologies will easily solve the problems.

    1. Max, why an app only for IPhone? I need the same app for my smartphone...