Winter storm Juno has shut down New York. Yet again, this most prominent and resilient city has ground to a halt due to adverse weather. Is this just New York living, or is it something more sinister?
Winter storm Juno was promised to be a big one, with up to 76cm of snow in certain areas of North East USA. Words like, historic, crippling, or unprecedented have been bandied around. Phrases such as ‘worst in history’ are being used, making it all sound very ominous indeed.
In preparation for the heavy blizzard conditions, driving in the city has been banned, and people scrambled home as quickly as they could before public transport was shut down. With 60 million people in the firing line for this storm, the number of ambulances on call has been increased, and panic shopping got into full swing. In fact, a state of emergency was declared in places such as Massachusetts. It’s not only New York either, Boston has also pretty much shut down.
Well, it’s all happened before, back in 2006 – so it’s nothing new then? Not true unfortunately. According to data from climate change agency NOAA, the last 15 years has seen a spike in global warming, with a lot of weather changes occurring during this time. 2006 is not that long ago, and it falls within the 15 years. It might be a few years ago, but in the grand scale of things, it’s a little too close for comfort.
It’s a freak weather event, but if the experts are right, it’s the type of thing we can expect to see more of in the coming years. Either we make a change or we brace ourselves for how the climate will impact our lives in the future. Each and every one of us needs to take a step, make a few small changes to how we live, and try to ensure that events like winter storm Juno do not become an everyday thing. It benefits us all to do so.