Tornadoes, floods, wild weather… the world is not the same as it used to be. It’s always seen such “extreme weather events,” but not to the degree that it is seeing them today.
Scott Mandia, who is one of the founders of Climate Science Rapid Response Team, comments on this and some recent extreme weather events for a local news channel in the video above. Check it out. I especially like the analogy of a loaded die (i.e. if you change a 1 to a 6 on a die, there is a greater chance that you’re going to see a 6 more often — sometimes it’ll be legitimate, as it would with a normal die, and sometimes it is going to be due to the fact that things have been changed).
The local meteorologist used for the “counter-argument” does a decent job and points out some local factors that could be partly responsible for some local flooding. While admitting that humans are accelerating climate change, I think she still tends to lean on the side of “maybe” a little too strongly — one of the many people (probably large majority) who actually trusts the scientists but have a hard time swallowing the consequences or need for change. Of course, we know that meteorologists are not climatologists and they overwhelmingly have thoughts counter to climatologists, since they are more used to covering day-to-day weather not long-term climate issues and, very simply, often don’t understand it.