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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Extreme Weather: Do You Think...????

Climate change models - you know - the models  discussed  in articles published in peer reviewed journals by those folks with Phds - predict climate change will produce more extreme weather events more often.   Gee - 2012 sure has produced  wild  weather in my neck of the woods.

Just over 74 millimetres of rain fell on the city last month, more than twice what the city would normally get during its rainy season (35.2 millimetres is the average)


Apparently this has been true everywhere.  A ten minute search of the Internet produced the following.

At least six people died and 18 were missing after unprecedented rains hit the Japanese island of Kyushu.....Kyushu sees abundant rain throughout the year and July is the wettest month, but the island only expects to receive around 340mm of rain in the entire month. On Wednesday night, some parts of the island received that in just 4 hours.


A week of 100 degree temperatures with scant rainfall has put all of Iowa in at least “abnormally dry,” conditions, and some part of eastern Iowa into the “severe drought category.


Picture of Siberia  from: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=78515

According to the environmental group Greenpeace,   more land in Russia has burned this year than in 2010,   a year that intense wildfires affected western Russia and produced rare pyrocumulus 'fire clouds'


Russia's president moved quickly to address anger over the deaths of at least 171 people in severe flooding in the Black Sea region ....Torrential rains dropped up to a third of a metre of water in less than 24 hours, which the state meteorological service said was five times the monthly average. (!!!!! )


Do you think climate change is starting to bite?   Watch the video below - I'm not the only one who thinks so.  Climate change denial must be getting harder and harder - now that even EXXON's CEO  has given it up.

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