In 2010, the world experience extreme weather variances, from droughts, snow storms, floods, wildfires, and unprecedented tornadoes.
When Dr. Benjamin Santer from the Lawrence Livermore National Lab was asked how to explain to reporters the difference between global warming and climate change, he responded by saying:
“When you warm up the planet, you experience that through changes in weather that makes up the climate.”
Over New Years weekend, 7 people were killed as 40 tornadoes touched down in four U.S. states, with the most damage done in central Missouri and Arkansas. It was the worst weather related carnage seen in 50 years, with 160 mile-per-hour winds and only seconds of warming for shocked residents. The unusually warm 60 degree temperatures were quickly replaced by bitter cold.
A Duke University science team released a new study in October, which indicated that global warming is the cause of significant intensification in the North Atlantic Subtropical High (NASH) that in recent decades has more than doubled the frequency of abnormally wet or dry summer weather in the southeastern United States.
The study indicated that extreme weather anomalies will most likely increase.
“This is not a natural variation like El Nino,” says lead author Wenhong Li, assistant professor of earth and ocean sciences at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment. “We thoroughly investigated possible natural causes, including the Atlantic Multivariate Oscillation (AMO) and Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO), which may affect highs, but found no links.”
Climate scientists agree that warmer weather spawns more precipitation, which can come in the form of extreme snow storms. These have been experienced intensely by the United States in the East Coast and other Midwestern states for the past two winters.
In October, destructive weather patterns hit throughout the Midwest–on down to the Gulf of Mexico.
Tornadoes usually seen in the spring touched down in Wisconsin and Illinois, with tornado warnings in effect for Alabama and Ohio. The twisters flattened homes and businesses and threw trees around like they were match sticks.
The world is beginning to experience once-in-a-century and once-in-five-century events.
During the summer of 2010, unusually destructive weather hit on a global scale, with Russia having historic heat waves and wildfires; Pakistan experiencing floods from its three major rivers, which covered one fifth of the country in water and killed over 2000 of people. And Greenland had a major glacier break off, which drifted out to sea.
Horrific floods in Haiti ravaged a country already devastated by a killer earthquake that hit a year ago. More than 2,500 people, especially children and the elderly, have succumbed to cholera.
In July, a report derived from an array of independent data sources was released by NOAA and it says in part:
If the land surface records were systematically flawed and the globe had not really warmed, then it would be almost impossible to explain the concurrent changes in this wide range of indicators produced by many independent groups. The warming of the climate system is unequivocal.
Parts of Australia have seen a decades’ long drought, while other parts have been swamped by monsoon-ish rains.
According to CNN, Queensland, Australia brought in the 2011 New Year with monster flash floods that killed 9 people and left 200,000 residents evacuated and homeless. The flooded area was reported to be larger than France and Germany together.
“Our analysis strongly suggests that the changes in the NASH are mainly due to anthropogenic warming,” Whenhong Li concludes in the Duke study.
Meanwhile, parts of California are still digging out from under massive mud slides launched by record breaking rain.
Monster storms decimate homes from Midwest to Gulf of Mexico
Moscow burns, Pakistan floods, Greenland melts and U.S. scorches