Stay Classy, Connect Extreme Weather to Climate Change

Stay Classy, Connect Extreme Weather to Climate Change

Axios reported this week that while coverage of climate change by media outlets has increased, this pales in comparison to the coverage that weather receives. Groups like Climate Central have launched new tools that can help journalists understand the local impacts of climate change while the Weather Channel has committed to tying climate change to […]

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Read This: New York Times Visualizes Complex Ocean Currents Impacted by Climate Change

Read This: New York Times Visualizes Complex Ocean Currents Impacted by Climate Change

The New York Times has a must-see visualization of the problem that has climate scientists super-worried — the possible slowing down of the Gulf Stream, which will have a major impact on the weather of four continents. 

Why This Matters:  A 2019 report by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concluded that although the AMOC will “very likely” weaken later this century, collapse is “very unlikely.”

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September 2020 Is Hottest Ever Recorded, Here Comes La Niña

September 2020 Is Hottest Ever Recorded, Here Comes La Niña

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced yesterday that September 2020 was the hottest ever recorded and that they now fully expect that 2020 will be one of the three hottest years on record. 

Why This Matters:  Every month for the last 429, global temperatures have been “at least nominally” above the 20th-century average — so it’s not just Septembers that are warm.

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More Evidence of Warming: Hottest May and Longer Summers

More Evidence of Warming: Hottest May and Longer Summers

Climate change is causing a change in the “balance” of the seasons according to new research by a scientist with the National Weather Service, The Washington Post reports.  On average, the U.S. and Canada gained a week of summer. Oh, and May of this year was the warmest ever recorded.

Why This Matters:  Some cities gained not just weeks, but more than a month of summer.

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Pandemic Causes Gap In Data Collection That Could Impact Weather Forecasts

Pandemic Causes Gap In Data Collection That Could Impact Weather Forecasts

In yet another painful ripple effect of the coronavirus pandemic, according to Scientific American, scientists are being forced to pause critical data collection and research that could reduce the quality of weather forecasts in the near term, and threaten long-standing climate studies.

Why This Matters:  There’s that word again — unprecedented.  The loss of water and air data that is critical for use in weather forecasting models is unprecedented.

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Hurricane Force Winds Batter the U.K. and Europe, Planes Set Speed Records From U.S. to U.K.

Hurricane Force Winds Batter the U.K. and Europe, Planes Set Speed Records From U.S. to U.K.

Storm Ciara battered the U.K. and northern Europe with hurricane-force winds and heavy rains Sunday, grounding thousands of flights and canceling trains across the continent, and producing heaving seas that closed down ports — even the English Premier League had to cancel games as authorities urged millions of people to avoid the outdoors due to falling trees and downed power lines.

Why This Matters:  Severe travel disruptions, power outages, coastal flooding and weather damage to cars and property, and yes, even soccer (or football as they say there) games had to be canceled.

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