Thursday, February 3, 2011

Weather, Weather, Everywhere

Queensland, Australia, has had a brutal summer - relentless rains caused massive flooding in Brisbane and most of Southeast Queensland during January.  End of January into the first part of February, two cyclones hit the Tropical North.  The first, Cyclone Anthony, was fairly small.  The second of these, Cyclone Yasi, was roughly the size of Italy. 

Cyclone Yasi

And while Queensland cleans up, roughly 2/3rds of the United States is in the throes of a blizzard for the decade.  Images of automobiles and busses stranded on Chicago's Lake Shore Drive are stunning to see.  Lake Shore Drive APKiichiro Sato

Grounded planes, frigid temperatures make this a winter for the books.  The sheer size of this blizzard is mind-boggling, from Texas to Maine. 

Travel has been strong so far this year.  Really strong.  Bookings to Australia have been up (thank you, Ms. Winfrey), Costa Rica has been strong, and Eastern Europe has been making tremendous strides.  People from the frozed heart of the USA want to go someplace warm, right now.  I'm here to help.

So, that being said, I have to ask:  does anyone still question that we're experiencing Climate Change? 
“A rise in global temperature can create all sorts of havoc, ranging from hotter dry spells to colder winters, along with increasingly violent storms, flooding, forest fires and loss of endangered species.”

We must do better. 

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