Indianapolis, IN – September 21, 2020 – The devastation caused by wildfires on the West Coast of the USA is unprecedented. Whether climate change is natural, man-made, or a combination of both is not the issue. The issue is that something must be done because inaction is not a solution.
Josh VonHauger has a remarkably interesting approach to this problem and it is based on the “Lake Effect”. There is solid science that supports the phenomena known as the “Lake Effect”. Josh opines that if enough of the desert regions in the west are converted to inland seas with a depth of 100 ft or more, it could dramatically change the weather in the region from a dry aired environment into a humid rich one.
During a recent interview, Josh made these comments, “The Great Basin Desert if carved up and filled with sea water pumped from the coast could be an effective inland sea. This would create a lake effect similar to that of the Great Lakes. In addition to possibly ending fire season in the western states it would act as a natural desalination system adding fresh water to a drought-stricken region. The inland lakes would make great fisheries as well and add additional revenue to the states. The benefits seem too numerous to list.”
A noteworthy article supports Josh’s hypothesis: “Lakes, natural and artificial, modify the climates of their surrounding areas. These modifications are known collectively as lake effects and extend from the microscale to the synoptic scale. Lake effects vary with the areal extent, depth, and configuration of the lake, the velocity and direction of winds, the existence of winter ice cover, and the general climatic environment within which the lake interacts. Thus large, deep lakes impose more pronounced modifications than small, shallow lakes, and the effects of lakes in areas of pronounced seasonal change are more significant than those in tropical areas.
“The climatic effects of the Great Lakes of North America have been studied extensively, as have the effects of Lake Balaton in Hungary, Lake Baikal in the Soviet Union, and the Masurian Lakes of Poland. Additional studies have examined the modifications made by many other lakes in the world, including artificial lakes such as Nassar and Karimba in Africa.”1
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(1) Citation: Eichenlaub V.L. (1987) Lakes, effects on climate. In: Climatology. Encyclopedia of Earth Science. Springer, Boston, MA. https://doi.org/10.1007/0-387-30749-4_103
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