The Hot Zone

Climate change as a matter of weather frequency

Experts in the field of “climate communications” (yes, there is one), say this summer’s record-breaking temperatures across the country will have little long term impact once snowy weather sinks in this winter. Yes, people are that ADD when it comes to having a weather memory. Part of the confusion is that as weather changes, all the vagaries can chart people off course and keep them from seeing the bigger picture of climate. Now, if sweltering summers become the norm, or the expectation,... [Read more]

Posted by Alison Hawkes on August 3, 2011 No Comments »
Category : Climate Science and Scientists

If routine weather ravages U.S. economy, what about climate change?

Most people well know the effects of weather. During a thunderstorm, you curl up in bed rather than shop. Flights get cancelled when a snowstorm hits. A long dry spell ruins a summer’s cucumber crop. The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) estimates that routine weather events cost the U.S. economy $485 billion a year, as much as 3.5 percent of the country’s GDP.  In a study that will be published in this month’s issue of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological... [Read more]

Posted by Alison Hawkes on June 28, 2011 No Comments »
Category : The man made climate

Extreme precipitation events pinpointed to global warming

Extreme precipitation events seem to be becoming more common in the Norther Hemisphere. But it’s been very hard for scientists to pinpoint a major weather event to global warming. Still, when a 100-year flood comes and then returns in a matter of a few years, it’s hard not to consider it a sign of a warming world. Several papers published this week in the journal Nature demonstrate that such extreme precipitation events in specific localities is the result of climate change and not an... [Read more]

Posted by Alison Hawkes on February 17, 2011 No Comments »
Category : Climate Science and Scientists


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