Lewis W. Diuguid

Climate change could make snow-mageddon a permanent fixture in the South

Updated: 2014-02-16T00:09:50Z

By Lewis W. Diuguid

The Kansas City Star

My older daughter, Adrianne, texted a picture to me on Thursday of the outdoor furniture on her deck in North Carolina. The table and chairs were covered with what looked like a foot of snow.

Snow-mageddon blanketed the South yet again on Wednesday and Thursday, shutting off electricity to thousands of homes, and stranding motorists like my daughter. A 30-minute commute home Wednesday turned into a three-hour, nail-biting ordeal, and then her car got hopelessly stuck on a hill.

That left her afoot, but thankfully a Good Samaritan gave her a lift home, where her husband, Andy, met her. They had the car towed later.

I texted Adrianne on Thursday that climate change may have permanently shifted the cold weather to the South and changed the leisurely way that people there have viewed winter.

If that’s the case, Southerners like my daughter may have to invest in studded snow tires to get around safely during the winter. Cities and the state highway department may have to tax people more heavily so they can buy snowplows and good supplies of salt and sand.

Doing things the way they have always done them won’t work anymore in these times of unchecked climate change.

To reach Lewis W. Diuguid, call 816-234-4723 or send email to ldiuguid@kcstar.com.

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