Blog #1 Markham’s weather is getting weird…
Hey, we are students from Milliken Mills High School and our names are Thuvarakan, Shamar, Keason, and Tayjon. We’re trying to figure out what climate change looks like in Markham and how it is having an impact on our city. We have looked at examples of climate change events around the world and in some places in Canada that are more easily attributable to climate change and global warming, but what we must say up front is that we are not suffering much here, at least not suffering much in a consistent way that we could readily attribute to climate change.
Our Inquiry question that has been driving our research is focused around looking for the impacts of climate change in our own backyard and trying to determine if these are climate related or just historical weather patterns that are happening. The media in Markham has not really spent much ink on climate change but you would have to be living under a rock not to notice some strange things that have been happening here. The Toronto Star had this to say the other day - February 18th:
Toronto breaks 1984 record for highest temperature
The 33-year-old record high of 14.9C was broken on Thursday after temperatures hit 15.1C at 11 a.m. The temperature high for the afternoon is expected to reach 18C.
And on February 7th Blog TO wrote:
Freezing rain wreaks havoc on Toronto
These headlines come with a not so subtle message that may not be translating directly to the public: Climate Change is causing all of this. People on the ground are feeling the impacts but maybe still not connecting these weather events to GHG reductions. Note some of the tweets from the “ice storm” on the 7th of February:
Freezing Rain Warning remains in Effect: At this time many surface routes continue to experience delays due to icy road conditions.#TTC
- Toronto Hydro
- We're experiencing an outage in the Bloor West Village area: Bloor/Lake/Humber River/Park Side Drive. ETOR is approx. 1.5hrs. #darkTO
- the ultimate @trixxybits
- Dude. Have you seen Toronto. At least for you its rain, we're under a freezing rain ice storm alert here. This rain hurts like hell.. https://twitter.com/DOMtheB0MB/status/829042161102393344 …
- Freezing Rain Covered The Trees