August 12, 2010

Global Warming in 2010

Even in light of the number of extreme weather events that have happened in 2010, some continue to deny this has anything to do with global warming (although the weather this year has started to persuade even some of the most adamant skeptics).

So what do the experts say? Well, here's what Dr. Kevin Trenberth, head of the Climate Analysis Section at the National Center for Atmospheric Research says about that.

I find it [the connection of these extreme events to global warming] systematically tends to get underplayed and it often gets underplayed by my fellow scientists. Because one of the opening statements, which Iím sure youíve probably heard is ďWell you canít attribute a single event to climate change.Ē But there is a systematic influence on all of these weather events now-a-days because of the fact that there is this extra water vapor lurking around in the atmosphere than there used to be say 30 years ago. Itís about a 4% extra amount, it invigorates the storms, it provides plenty of moisture for these storms and itís unfortunate that the public is not associating these with the fact that this is one manifestation of climate change. And the prospects are that these kinds of things will only get bigger and worse in the future.

A short list of events in 2010:

  • Nashville experienced an 1000 year deluge
  • the Northeast experienced severe floods
  • the Southwest experienced the greatest low pressure system in 140 years of record-keeping
  • Russia experienced a heat wave lasting more than a month, killing more than 300 people per day and setting off massive fires that sent ash across the world
  • torrential rains from unseasonably wet monsoons in Pakistan have displaced millions of Pakistanis
  • and in the same period, the Three Gorges Dam in China was almost overwhelmed from the floods.

Experts are connecting the extreme weather events in Russia, Pakistan and China to the same massive atmospheric storms that arise from the increased moisture in the atmosphere which is precisely what was predicted in the global warming models.

Evidently the hoax being perpetrated by the climate scientists to destroy the free market is now fooling Mother Nature. Oh NO!!!!!

Posted by Mary at August 12, 2010 11:49 PM | Environment | Technorati links |

I think the temperature and CO2 level measurements ought to be convincing enough for anyone who isn't determined to not see it. The extremes will happen, and sometimes they'll even happen close to each other. What shouldn't be happening so close together is so many historically hot years and seasons, and the general warming trend that accompanies the rise in CO2 levels.

Taken together with those trends, though, the other extremes are a bit unsettling.

Posted by: Cujo359 at August 14, 2010 12:35 PM

I bet those peoples living in the 1300's wondered what they had done to create all the cold the world suffered through. What had they done to go years without summer. And then when summer returns, oh it must be global warming. We, man just had to have something to do with. We're told weather happens from time to time. Then we're told we caused this. Which is it? I only wish those three "independent" groups kept their independence in determining causal effects of climate change. They didn't, they all used a single source of past temperature data that had been adjusted.

Dateline Houston, first summer in decades with a 100 degree temperature. Dateline South America, coldest winter in decades. Dateline California coast, coolest summer in decades slowing down fruit and vegetable growth, food prices are going to rise. Then there's the Bolivian fish kill.

Then they colluded to cut their data points down to only those that will yield the data they want starting back in 1989, 90. One has to wonder what the affects of all these particles from Icelandic ash and those Russian fires will do to suppress temperatures further? Yet NOAA will again point to this IS the hottest month again and again. Particles be damned, NOAA will do their best to manipulate the data. Who cares what the science says, where the science leads. We have our cause.

Sure, we have our cause!

There's a thunder on the mountain. That thunder will be heard from real soon.

Posted by: peter the bellhop at August 14, 2010 04:32 PM

I think that global warming must be really important for the governments.

Posted by: Rosario Hotel at August 15, 2010 12:40 PM

interesting site here, Mary permits all that trash but doesn't allow me to post over at the left

I see a lot of weather events there. Still no mention of the winter our southern neighbors are experiencing. What did those prized GW models indicate for them? Oh, and what did those GW models indicate for California? Surely it must be over a hundred in San Diego and LA. San Fran must be an absolute hell hole in the 90's. The grapes have got to be rotting on the vines!

Posted by: peter the bellhop at August 16, 2010 05:34 PM