Sunday, July 8, 2012

Intense heat possibly linked to global warming, say scientists

Stacy Pounsberry in Bunsen Burner: If global warming continues to have its way, recent skyrocketing temperatures may become more commonplace, say scientists.

Global warming skeptics are faced with yet another series of weather patterns that support environmentalist’s theories on global climate change. Weather events in recent weeks include horrendous wildfires, oppressive heat waves, devastating droughts, flooding from giant deluges, and a powerful freak wind storm called a derecho — all of which scientists say may serve as a preview of what is to come.

Since January of this year, the United States has seen an increase in the signs of global warming. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, America has broken more than 40,000 high temperature records in comparison to fewer than 6,000 low temperature records. In total, 3,215 daily high temperature records were set in the month of June alone.

While scientists do not go so far to say that recent weather events are directly related to global warming, scientists have said that global warming is likely to produce more extreme weather, including tornadoes and hurricanes.

...Although scientifically determining the cause of an individual weather pattern is a long and complex mathematical process, involving computer models and large amounts of time, climatologists know for sure that the recent high temperatures, drought, flooding, and derecho wind storms are the kind of weather we can expect in a globally-warmed future....

An asphalt plant at Spaceport America, shot by AllenS, public domain

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