Stronger storms, changing water levels and other weather uncertainties are affecting the pastime we love.
While there may be some political disagreement over why these changes are occurring, nearly all experts agree on one fact: The wild weather is happening because Earth is warming.
The Effects, Through Boaters’ Eyes
The slow heating of the Earth creates visible changes, such as sea levels rising about 4 millimeters annually.
That may not sound a lot, but Miami residents can verify how serious it is. In the U.S., Miami is one of the highest at risk areas of rising water. Minor random “nuisance street flooding” (not from storm or tide) is becoming increasingly common.
For boaters, over time, the heightened water levels mean swampy areas begin to get covered and rocks and sandbars that were visible become submerged. Couple that with potentially excessive silting caused by heavy rains and you begin to see how these changes affect boating.
What Does This Mean For Boaters?
Hurricanes: A recent study by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) shows that hurricane wind speed is likely to increase upto 11%, which translates to roughly a 60% increase in damage.
Storms and Surge: Stronger hurricanes bring more rain. The National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center forecasts more Category 4 and 5 storms. People who live near the coast should prepare for stronger storms and higher surges.
Thunderstorms: Increasing temperatures will intensify thunderstorms. Many areas may be affected by more frequent and stronger storms.
Dry lakes: The warming climate can cause lakes to experience more variable depths. Some of the world’s largest lakes are at record low levels, leaving marinas high and dry.
Heat waves: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says that an increase in average temperatures worldwide creates more frequent and intense heat waves. Heat waves cause lake water to warm, which increases toxic algae blooms.
Boaters spend an irrational amount of time checking, talking about, cursing, or enjoying the weather. Our sport, and how we care for our boats, is dependent on it. Owning an Iguana won’t change the future of the climate but it can help you to continue to enjoy boating without the added worry.
Stored out of the water at your home or in a dedicated parking spot, the Iguana is protected from storms and surges and general bad weather. Easily accessible the Iguana can be enjoyed in minutes, without the need to exhaustive planning, expensive marina costs or repeated weather checking.
Contact us to arrange a test drive from your waterfront home.
Source: Boat US
Photo: Washington Post & Landsat 8