Parts of the Gulf Coast and northeastern U.S. experienced severe flooding and tornadoes during and after Hurricane Ida that resulted in more than 60 deaths. Many scientists attribute the extreme weather to “human-induced climate change.”
This week, we asked readers whether they have experienced the effects of climate change. Out of 115 votes, 53% said they have, while 47% said they have not.
Here are some of their responses:
• “Yes, my family has. I have family in Louisiana, New York and Florida who have had to evacuate due to the extreme weather.”
— Darla Lindauer, Midwest City
• “Yes. The excessive cold temperatures in February have been the worst I have felt in a long time. My gas bill went sky high. My water bill was also very high due to keeping the faucet dripping. Luckily my pipes didn’t freeze over.”
— Marylou Jimenez, Woodward
• “I think I experience climate change in many ways, some being higher temperatures and more frequent drought in my hometown of Guymon.”
— Xiclali Villa, Edmond
• “Absolutely. I walk outside at 7 a.m. and it’s 95 degrees in September, that’s not normal and it’s only getting worse. Our water systems are contaminated with things invisible to the human eye. I wouldn’t dare drink the tap water because of the contaminants. Our food sources are becoming limited when farmers’ crops are dying out of nowhere because of extreme temperatures. When it rains our streets become so flooded that I would need a submarine instead of my car to get somewhere. Ridiculous.”
— Yenei Perez, Oklahoma City
• “Yes, I saw the ice storm that hit Oklahoma earlier this year. It was unprecedented in size and time of year.”
— Daniel Gutierrez, Edmond
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— Compiled by Yesenia Jimenez, The Oklahoman