December 23, 2010

2010: The Year of Living Dangerously

Jeff Masters warns that the number of extreme weather events in 2010 could be a sign of increasingly unstable climate facing the earth.

In my thirty years as a meteorologist, I’ve never seen global weather patterns as strange as those we had in 2010. The stunning extremes we witnessed gives me concern that our climate is showing the early signs of instability. Natural variability probably did play a significant role in the wild weather of 2010, and 2011 will likely not be nearly as extreme. However, I suspect that crazy weather years like 2010 will become the norm a decade from now, as the climate continues to adjust to the steady build-up of heat-trapping gases we are pumping into the air. Forty years from now, the crazy weather of 2010 will seem pretty tame. We’ve bequeathed to our children a future with a radically changed climate that will regularly bring unprecedented weather events–many of them extremely destructive–to every corner of the globe. This year’s wild ride was just the beginning.

You can listen to an interview with him on last week's Living on Earth.

Posted by Mary at December 23, 2010 12:03 PM | Environment | Technorati links |

Doesn't he know the difference between weather and climate?

Silly global warmist.

Posted by: Steve at December 23, 2010 03:00 PM

What, just thirty years speaks of experience? What of the prior thirty years, say to the fifties? or those prior to that...the twenties? Thirty years isn't a vast amount of time folks.

Funny how those making predictions back in say 2000, never spoke of any real cold events happening like they are. Many, including Rep. Robert Kennedy, lamented that his children and grandchildren wouldn't know of snow or that there were ski runs nearby.

"According to Dr David Viner, a senior research scientist at the climatic research unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia...

"Children just aren't going to know what snow is," he said." The Independent 03/20/2000

Posted by: peter the bellhop at December 23, 2010 07:19 PM

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Posted by: Anna Ashmore at December 31, 2010 10:12 AM

According to Greenland GISP2 Ice Core samples looking at temperatures over the last 10,000 years, there have been some 9100 years warmer than 2010. The data comes from the Journal of Quaternary Science Reviews 19:213-226 refer to figure 5. More real science folks, Mary doesn't much care about that though. It doesn't fit into her Global Warming world.

Posted by: peter the bellhop at December 31, 2010 02:49 PM