Polar Vortex – Why Texas Froze
- Sep 30, 2021 2:46 pm GMT
The most frightening thing about Climate Change, is that we do not fully understand it. We do know that:
- The world will, on average, become warmer
- Sea-levels will rise
- The world oceans will become more acidic
- Ocean currents will change
- And the climate will change in unpredictable ways
The last bullet is one of the unknown variables that will keep throwing novel challenges at us, and I’ve written on it before (and will again).
This paper is about a fall-to-winter effect, and it caused the ERCOT power grid to laterally freeze in February of this year. This effect is known as the Polar Vortex. This paper is about this effect of climate change, how and why it nuked the Texas grid, and why it should have been anticipated (hint: it happened before).
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