LibertyLizard t1_ja3vrhd wrote

Another reason is that the media plays to this bias—they know people will be more curious about other earthquakes after a huge disastrous one, so they will publish stories on earthquakes that would not have made the news otherwise to capitalize on that interest. This can give the illusion that more earthquakes are happening because how else would you hear about the ones on the other side of the world?


LibertyLizard t1_iyb852z wrote

It might have a small effect on the local humidity but in general reservoirs and canals are not big enough to have any measurable effect on the climate, even locally. So it might have some very small effect by increasing dryness in plants or soil on the shore but the amount of evaporation is so small it wasn’t really adding to rain in any meaningful way.

Even the Great Lakes, large as they are only have effects in small, downwind regions, and the weather returns to what is typical for surrounding areas before you get far. And they are hundreds of times larger than even large reservoirs. Only the oceans are big enough to affect weather globally.