Three weeks and three days before Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans 10 years ago, a paper of mine appeared in the scientific journal Nature showing that North Atlantic hurricane power was strongly correlated with the temperature of the tropical Atlantic during hurricane season, and that both had been increasing rapidly […]Read more ›
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The effects of climate change on individual extreme events consist of thermodynamic changes and atmospheric circulation changes. In a new opinion piece in Nature Climate Change, Kevin Trenberth, John Fasullo, and Ted Shepherd (TFS) argue that we should be focusing on the thermodynamic changes. While I agree that such an […]Read more ›
Climate change is something that’s difficult to experience directly. How many people can say, from personal experience, that it feels like the average temperature in your hometown, let alone the globe, has changed by a degree or two over the past century? Instead, people tend to try to detect climate […]Read more ›
An oft-heard statement is that the weather is getting more extreme because of global warming. As opposed to, say, the benign, mild weather conditions associated with the Last Glacial Maximum 20,000 years ago. Many long-term records of extreme weather events are fraught with problems, usually involving changes in the way […]Read more ›