Remember that crazy storm last night? It might have damaged the ozone layer
I love storms, the bigger and louder the better. Last night here in Philly the storm looked like it was going to be pretty amazing. It wasn’t as scary as it looked but awesome non the less.
It’s easy to enjoy storms but one can definitely forget that there are repercussions with huge weather events like thunderstorms. Just because it isn’t a hurricane taking down whole towns does not mean there is damage done. More damage then some downed trees that is.
If this study is correct then storms will get worse and in turn make for even worse..storms. Worse..worse…that’s a weird word.
the following can be found at www.nytimes.com
Storms Threaten Ozone Layer Over U.S., Study Says
Strong summer thunderstorms that pump water high into the upper atmosphere pose a threat to the protective ozone layer over the United States, researchers said on Thursday, drawing one of the first links between climate change and ozone loss over populated areas.
In a study published online by the journal Science, Harvard University scientists reported that some storms send water vapor miles into the stratosphere — which is normally drier than a desert — and showed how such events could rapidly set off ozone-destroying reactions with chemicals that remain in the atmosphere from CFCs, refrigerant gases that are now banned.
The risk of ozone damage, scientists said, could increase if global warming leads to more such storms.