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The study’s authors analyzed historical daily temperatures from 1952 to 2011 in the Northern Hemisphere in order to find when the seasons changed each year. They found that, on average, summers (months with hottest 25% of temperatures) got longer, while winter (months with the coldest 25% of temperatures) got shorter by about three days. Meanwhile, both seasons got much warmer.
The researchers then created models to see what the future holds. They found that if we can’t curb climate change, spring and summer will start a month earlier in 20100 than in 2011, while fall and winter will start half a month later, leaving the Northern Hemisphere spending over half the year in summer.
by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Rescue efforts are underway across several islands in eastern Indonesia and East Timor after Tropical Cyclone Seroja struck the region last week. The storm’s heavy rains and powerful winds led to flash flooding and landslides, damaging homes and roads. At least 8,424 people have been displaced by the storm, […]
We recently wrote that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced a new pricing structure for its federal flood insurance program in an effort to improve the equitability of flood insurance. Disaster insurance and preparedness is a topic that is becoming an all too familiar topic as extreme weather events cause billions of dollars in […]
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has made a major upgrade to its Global Forecast System (GFS) that experts hope will equip the agency and weather services around the world to adapt to the challenges of climate change. The upgrade will greatly improve the forecasting of extreme weather events including hurricanes and high-altitude weather systems.
Why This Matters: Hurricanes are becoming more frequent and more intense each year. But NOAA’s GFS hasn’t managed to keep up.
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