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1. The climate is determined by:
- How much solar radiation the Earth receives (the Sun).
- The patterns of where the solar radiation falls or is reflected (Clouds/ Volcanoes).
- Where the heat from the solar radiation is stored (Oceans/Urban Heat Islands).
2. Methodology - Look at the natural factors shaping the upcoming weather and use
- Historical records
- Tree & coral rings
- Lake sediment and
- Glacial core records to learn how these factors affected climate in the past.
3. The last time we had natural factors in this alignment we had:
- Severe springtime droughts in the South that eases up in the Gulf states during summer
- Severe heat waves and wildfire outbreaks in the in the Western US
- Good crop conditions through most of the Midwest and the Central and Southern Plains
- A very active hurricane season that had several hurricanes in the Gulf oil and gas production regions of the US and Mexico