Climate change: Weather on steroids

Extreme weather events like Typhoon Haiyan are connected to rising temperatures

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  • Hotter air increases ocean evaporation, and a warmer atmosphere also can hold more water than a cooler atmosphere. This warmer, more moist atmosphere can intensify weather events.

  • Bigger storms, higher storm surgesMassive Typhoon Haiyan exemplified what climate models are predicting for storms: more powerful, with unprecedented storm surges.

  • Massive blizzards linked to climate change

    Wacky winter weatherOn winter days when the temperatures are below freezing, the snowfall may be record breaking because there is more moisture in the atmosphere.

  • Heat waves and climate change

    Scorching heat 2012 was the warmest year on record in the contiguous United States and one of the 10 warmest years globally—with all of those occurring in the past 15 years.

  • Droughts and wildfires in the era of global warming

    Droughts and wildfires for the record booksShifting air currents carry moisture away from dry areas, making parched areas prone to wildfires. 2013 was particularly lethal for Arizona—nineteen firemen died in a wildfire.

Sources
  • Sandy records, http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/data/tcr/AL182012_Sandy.pdf
  • Increasing sea levels, http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/sealevel.html
  • Storm surges, http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/impacts-adaptation/coasts.html
  • On increasing precipitation, http://epa.gov/climatechange/science/future.html#Precipitation
  • 2012 hottest year on record, http://www.climatewatch.noaa.gov/image/2013/by-a-wide-margin-2012-was-the-united-states-warmest-year-on-record-3
  • 2012 drought records, http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/national/2012/6
  • Drought lasting into 2013, http://www.droughtmonitor.unl.edu/
  • Winter weather and climate change, and 2009 winter storms, http://www.climatewatch.noaa.gov/article/2010/can-record-snowstorms-global-warming-coexist
  • 2011 New York snow records, http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/snow/2011/1
  • Record breaking wildifres, http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=79921