Global Warming is causing more severe weather according to scientists and weather researchers. The incidence of severe weather is continuing to increase at an alarming rate.
Melting polar ice and the disruption or redirection of the Jet Stream are the major causes of the extreme weather. Human caused global warming was previously dismissed by people as a myth. Now people are starting to take global warming seriously as they themselves suffer the consequences of extreme weather.
While acknowledging further analysis is necessary to determine precisely why Americans increasingly say they believe in global warming, researchers at the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication, the organizations that conducted the survey, justifiably speculated a likely factor is extreme weather with a record number of heat waves, droughts, wildfires and violent storms.
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The effect of extreme weather is affecting the entire planet and fossil fuel burning or CO2 emissions are to blame.
The advice from scientists is to cut dangerous carbon pollution now!
ELLSWORTH, Maine — According to a Maine-based environmental advocacy group, there is evidence that Maine has been experiencing warmer temperatures and more “extreme precipitation” events in recent years.
In a prepared statement released Oct. 16, Environment Maine said increases in extreme weather have been attributed by scientists to global warming. More severe weather events can be expected in the future, the advocacy group said, if carbon pollution emissions that are fueling global warming are not reduced.
The National Weather Service confirmed it has gotten warmer in Maine but noted that precipitation records are inconclusive.
“Given scientists’ warnings that recent trends in extreme weather are linked to global warming, we need to cut dangerous carbon pollution now,” Nora Graubard, field associate with Environment Maine, said in the statement.
In making its case, Environment Maine cites data that indicates:
• From January to July 2012, Portland’s average temperature was 48.2 degrees, or 3.6 degrees higher than past averages. During the same period, Bangor’s average temperature was 46 degrees, also 3.6 degrees higher than past averages.
• For both Bangor and Portland, the first seven months of 2012 were the second warmest from January through July in 72 years. Nationally, the same time period was the warmest on record.
• Maine experienced a 74 percent increase in extreme precipitation between 1948 and 2011. Fierce storms that used to occur once a year now occur nearly every seven months.
Rich Okulski, a meteorologist with National Weather Service in Caribou, said Sunday that climatic data does indicate that temperatures in Maine have been increasing in recent years. He said it is not clear from data collected by the National Weather Service that there have been more frequent heavy precipitation events in Maine during the past decade or so.
The research on the affect that carbon emissions is having on the Jet Stream is only just starting to see the light of day. It has taken many years to accumulate the data, but the evidence is rather compelling.
Loss of Arctic Sea Ice is the major cause of the disturbance. It is said that the affects of the loss could be irreversible or it may also take centuries to repair.
Just as it took years for scientists to define how the El Nino pattern affected weather thousands of miles away from the source, it will take time to define exactly how the new global weather pattern is likely to affect us. Like that weather pattern, this one affects us by altering the jet stream, that wave of air that brings high or low pressure, hot or cold air, billowing across the country. The early word is that this will make the jet stream wave slow down, creating more severe north-south “meanders” in the wave.
The research also suggests we should expect more extreme weather, like heavy snow, heat waves and flooding — which is consistent with long-standing warnings associated with climate change.