The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has released its yearly Winter Outlook which tells of a second winter in a row which will be affected by La Niña which will bring continued drier and warmer than average weather in the Southern Plains and colder and wetter conditions in the Pacific Northwest.
Scientists estimate that within the next decade or so extremely hot temperatures will occur every Summer in regions that only occasionally experience extreme temperatures. Warming of the planet is occurring globally…
Aside from the Northeast’s unprecedented hurricane/tropical storm, Irene, as well as the record-setting, unprecedented drought, heat, and fires in Texas and the wildfires in Arizona, many more regions have been getting slammed with extreme, wild weather and natural disasters recently. Two more examples are Oklahoma and Virginia.
Floods, one of the hallmark natural disasters resulting in greater occurrence and strength from climate change, are tearing about homes, cities, and people in Bangladesh and Seoul, South Korea this week. Seoul has seen the heaviest rains in July since 1907 now. At least 59 people are dead and 10 missing, according to the latest reports. About 10,000 people from about 4,800 homes have been left homeless.
With the country still deep in the middle of a heat wave, some tips to stay cool and energy efficient.
Dr. Jeff Masters, a world-leading meteorologist, just finished a compilation of what he considered 2010’s top 20 extreme weather events. All in all, he considers 2010 to be the most extreme year for weather since records began and, unfortunately, with a good understanding of climate change, he hints at what we could be in for if we don’t turn things around quickly.
I had a post on some of Dr. Jeff Masters’ recent comments on the ridiculous extreme weather we’ve been seeing this year just about one week ago, but he just published a new analysis on these issues that I thought was worth covering as well.
The key, general points are as follows…
This is a question that has definitely popped into my mind. And, if you are at all familiar with the fact that climate change is not just about sea levels or heat but is also causing (and going to cause more) much more extreme weather or “global weirding” as some put it, you are probably curious as well.
Joplin, Missouri has been hit with some of the wildest weather this week already. 116 have been found dead after a tornado slammed the city of approximately 50,000. Unfortunately, more tornadoes could be on the way today.
According to the National Weather Service, there’s a 45% chance of another tornado outbreak today, especially between about 4:00pm and midnight. Other than Missouri, this possibility is for parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Nebraska.
Yes, it’s not rainy season anymore, it’s flooding season (unless you live in areas of the country experiencing “exceptional drought” — the highest level of drought — and wild fires). Montana is the latest to get extreme floods and they are now moving on towards neighboring states such as Wyoming and Utah.
Let me reiterate yet again, global warming (aka global weirding) = extreme floods AND extreme drought.
With all the climate change denier propaganda and bad messaging/confusion in the media, I have to wonder how much a ‘normal’ person recognizes the relationship between tremendous flooding of the Mississippi River and drought in Texas and a few other states (at the same time).
Much has been made in the news of the shift in the Earth’s axis by half a foot as a result of the Japanese earthquake. The Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University’s Earth Institute has answered that question in a press release. The simply answer, is no.
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.