Weird Winter/Mad March – Part 2

April 19, 2012

If you missed part one of this two part video about this spring’s wild weather, go there now. Its part of the new “This is Not Cool” series I’m doing for The Yale Forum on Climate Change & The Media

If you watched that one, but failed to click on the link to part 2 at the end – you can watch that here, now. This one is getting a lot of attention.

One of the most confounding effects of climate change involves the increasing incidence of weather extremes that may include hot and cold. And snow and rain, and wet and dry, and drought and flooding. Research is starting to catch up with just why that is, and why we can expect more of it.

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6 Responses to “Weird Winter/Mad March – Part 2”

  1. omnologos Says:

    Didn’t we just read the IPCC state there’s no way as yet to know if the climate is getting more extreme?

    Peter – qualify of your posts is going down. Climate change has nothing to do with a “weird March” or with Sen Inhofe’s family igloo at the Capitol.

    If we had 15 “normal” March’s in a row, whatever normal is, still that would tell us little about climate change.

    If we can’t agree on that, well, good luck with the polls and people’s feelings about weather. Have you blogged about dance and global warming yet? Or about a great climate awareness hug.

    • bobinchiclana Says:

      @omnologos

      It is always a good idea to listen to and watch the video before commenting.

      I personally didn’t hear anyone talking about certainty, just strong probability based on current evidence and knowledge. The best evidence and research seems to pointing to Global Warming feeding changes in climate. If you have some good evidence that undermines this, then let’s see it.

      I personally think this connection should be of SERIOUS concern to everyone as the potential cause disruption to our habitat and society is very real.


  2. Thank you for this video. I was listening to the meterologists up here in Canada this winter talking about North Atlantic cycles and a ridged jet stream with much interest. But I admit, I found the reluctance on the part of so many to even hint at climate change a little concerning. There is a “climate of opinion” up here right now that appears to be driven by the militancy of the Government of Canada on the oil and gas issue. I am not saying that this explains reticence or reluctance, but there is a loud and vicious campaign by the government to smear scientists and opponents of oil and gas projects. So, forgive me, it is a sensitive subject.

    I understand and appreciate that there is a difference between recognizing trends in climate and arriving at certainty about causality. What worries me though is the way in which lack of certainty or the now controversial nature of climate change is making it so that every anomaly, every deviation from “the norm” is written off as simply a deviation and in no way connected to c02 levels and melting sea ice.

    I am very glad to be able to read and follow with interest your well-informed observations and presentations.

  3. Peter Mizla Says:

    I enjoyed the video- though You Tube these days has been very erratic. The weather the last 2 years has been very extreme is many geographic regions in the US and globally. If C02 levels where under 350ppm- I might be inclined to say its natural variability-but I remember when C02 levels where 350ppm and far lower- these kind of weather events where few and far between. Its not a huge leap to say these events have been caused by the warming in the pipeline when C02 crossed 350ppm in 1987. 25 years ago. Each year that passed now the warming of 360, 370ppm will be seen. These events will likely become more common and more extreme.


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