The day I drove to Easton, Md. to discuss climate change with the staff of The Delmarva Farmer, it was raining so hard I couldn’t see the car ahead of me on the Bay Bridge.
It’s easy to write off a torrential rain like that as just another case of bad weather.
February 2017 was the second warmest in history—as warm as the average March in our region. Grass greened up, it felt like spring, and many plants started to break dormancy. Everything was great until things went back into the deep freeze from March 20-22, when many locations in Maryland had night temperatures between 23-28 degrees for 1-3 nights.
How do we figure out how the world works? We have an idea, we test it and we find that the results either support our idea or they don’t. If we do multiple tests and don’t see the results that our idea predicts, we either reject the idea as false, or we modify it and retest. If we persist and refuse to accept any idea that we or others have shown is false, we close in on an explanation that is likely to be correct.