Weather Worries

Concerns Over Odd Fall Temperatures


Alex Johnston

Rising Temps Signal Climate Change

Hunter Watson

As you may have noticed, the weather has been unseasonably warm this year. Here in Ava, we’ve had averages of up to 80 degrees in September, and even October! People are taking notice of the warmer weather, and most people know it’s not normal for this region. It’s an unfortunate but clear sign that global warming is knocking on our front door.

Recently, scientists have found that the level of carbon dioxide has been increasing steadily in the last 1,800 years. This increase causes greenhouse gasses to get caught in the atmosphere, which makes the earth warm in response. This causes several negative side effects, like the growing sea levels and lack of large amounts of snow in the past few years. This has been proven several times by scientists over the years, though many people still refuse to acknowledge it. “Scientific evidence for warming of the climate system is unequivocal,” says the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Scientific evidence for warming of the climate system is unequivocal.”

— Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Even in our small town, there is evidence of climate change. This fall alone has reached record highs, especially in our area, though this summer wasn’t the hottest on record. Some people are, even still, using their air conditioning as late as November. Something to think about is if this trend continues. We might not even see snow this year if the temperatures continue to be in the upper spectrum.