Here on the West Coast of Canada, we've either been drowning when 300mm of rain hits, or desperately looking for our car after 2 metres of snow lands on it--depending where you live. This is the result of an atmospheric river flowing up here from Hawaii. All it takes for this normally reasonable river to become a precipitation bomb is an increase of 0.5 percent in the water content of the river.
The funny thing is, warm air carries more moisture than cold air--making for the warm wet winters that have resulted in the temperate rainforest that forms the climax ecology here on the coast. Warm air gathering around Hawaii and ending up here. And one of the effects of global warming is...more warm air to pick up that little bit more moisture and deliver it to the coast.
The warm also has another effect. Instead of delivering snow at higher altitudes, this year it's delivered rain. This means many of the local ski hills got a late start, and several runs at different hills are already closed. There's a lot of money at stake, in jobs, spin-off economic multipliers, and the like. But not one news report on the rain, the snow, the disastrous year on the slopes, mentions our use of hydrocarbons as a root cause.
And this is why I'm going to miss Jon Stewart. He and his writers haven't been afraid to link our weather, the massive storms on the east coast (the Maritimes, Boston, New York), and climate change. Or the actions of Wall Street and the Crash of 07-08. Context and linkage, that's what I love.
Admittedly, there's still John Oliver and Last Week Tonight. But the Daily Show team's trenchant media criticism around media failures to make such links, provide such context, set them apart. We'll see what the next anchor offers (please be Samantha Bee, please be Samantha Bee!).