The US Hot Streak, Messing with Mother Nature, and More!



Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Jan 18, 2015

How unusual has the weather been? No one event is “caused” by climate change, but global warming, which is predicted to increase unusual, extreme weather, is having a daily effect on weather, worldwide.

Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, most of the US and the waters surrounding it are experiencing warmer than normal temperatures: the eastern Pacific warm spot continues to prevent much rain from reaching California, sending it into further drought.

Much of the areas surrounding the North Pole are experiencing much warmer than normal temperatures – not good news for our Arctic thermal shield of ice. Hotter than usual temperatures continue to dominate human habitats.

AP photo/Jae C Hong

Expect More Damaging Extreme Weather for Central US Farming says a new analysis in the Journal of Geophysical Research. It’s not so much a change in the total amount of precipitation, but how it will be delivered: more intense rainstorms with longer, hotter and drier periods in between.

And that, says study author and scientist Keith Harding to meteorologist Paul Douglas , will make it more difficult for soils to retain enough moisture.

OO Climate Change Messing with Mother Nature’s Timetable

OO US Is On A Hot Streak : 18 Years of Above Average Temperatures – despite the cold snaps that have visited parts of the US each winter.

Just because the northeast US is cold, doesn’t mean the rest of us are…

While the US Northeast Freezes, Much of the World Fries reports Brian Kahn at Climate Central. The US West, Canada, Australia, and a huge chunk of Eurasia, from the Mideast through central Russia, are experiencing abnormally warm temperatures, which add to the overall trend of record-breaking hot years and spots around the globe.

Related headline:

OO Yes, It’s Cold. Global Warming Is Still Real.
The most meaningful thing that this U.S. cold snap proves is that it is winter.

OO Hotter, Unfriendly Skies Could Decrease, Delay Flights

Miami Beach seaside mansion: the next Atlantis? Florida, New Orleans, New York, and other coastal areas will sustain trillions of dollars in damage as rising sea levels flood infrastructure.
Ines Hegedus-Garcia at Flickr.

OO 10 Riskiest Spots to Build Your Seaside Home

OO Prepare For Rising Migration Driven By Climate Change, governments were told by Norwegian Refugee Council, which monitors refugee levels worldwide.

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About melharte

Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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