Weather patterns over the past couple of years have concerned officials, but more recently this year’s transition into winter months has gained national attention. Many have noticed the delay of snow and lower temperatures in the past few months. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, more than 230 record high temperatures were broken in the first three days of December. These bizarre weather patterns have affected the way Colorado, as well as Heritage students, are viewing the importance of environmental health.

9News has consistently been covering the odd weather patterns and their timelines.

“Denver is in the middle of its warmest June-November on record, and temperatures have consistently scorched going back to the early summer,” says meteorologist and anchor Chris Bianchi.

While individuals have noticed the record-breaking temperatures, they have failed to yet understand the depth of the issue and why it is happening. Both 9 News and CPR agree that while climate change is the biggest contributing factor, a combination of climate change and La Niña are creating the issue. 9 News informs their viewers that La Niña is when the warmer and drier weather is favored due to the Central Pacific temperatures running colder than average.

Through observing and understanding the weather, climate officials raise major concerns about the weather’s behavior and its effect on the planet. While strange weather can feel inconvenient, the United States Environmental Protection Agency speaks on the detrimental effects of climate change. They emphasize how water availability, pests, agriculture, human health and wildfires will all be impacted or products of climate change. Even Heritage students have noticed the issue and worry for the future of the planet.

Senior Sofie H. loves to spend time outdoors and expresses how she feels about the topic.

“Climate change makes me worried about wildfires this summer, which might keep us from spending time in the mountains, as well as ruining the air quality,” Sofie says.

Climate experts hope these concerns push society to look further into how we as a whole can solve this issue. As Colorado is beginning to notice the effects of climate change, will the state step up to make a change?

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