Thursday, July 21, 2011

It’s not fashionable to link excessively hot days like today with Climate Change, but there you are.


It seems like just about everyone will be trying to find reasons why this particular heat wave isn’t a part of Climate Change.

Deadly Heat Wave Moves Toward Northeast - A blistering, eastern-moving band of heat hovering over the Plains and southern United States has killed two dozen people this week, and forecasters expect it to scorch the Northeast in the coming days, pushing temperatures toward 100 degrees on Friday. The wave of heat transformed a large swath of the nation’s midsection into a sauna, with at least 17 states reaching the 100-degree mark on Tuesday, and many more experiencing temperatures into the 90’s — a result of high pressures compressing and cooking the air. States from Texas to Montana and the Dakotas had widespread heat warnings or advisories in place by Wednesday evening, affecting over 140 million Americans. And so far, at least 22 deaths across the nation have been attributed to the heat wave, the National Weather Service reported.  (July 21, 2011) The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia

As a matter of fact, not only won’t you see a link in the local media, the media will go out of their way to suggest that this heat wave is not connected to climate change at all:

“Before you complain about the heat, consider this. This is what the Rochester area looked like in January. The National Weather Service reports this past winter was the coldest and snowiest winter overall across the region in eight years.” Excessive Heat Warning: Where to Go to Stay Cool - YNN, Your News Now   It's hot out there and it's only expected to get hotter. The National Weather Service issued an Excessive Heat Warning for Rochester and the Finger Lakes for 12 p.m. through 7 p.m. Temperatures are expected to rise into the 90s but it will feel like more than 100 degrees with a rise in the humidity. (July 21, 2011)  Rochester - YNN, Your News Now

This is all very curious because major studies like these say it’s getting warmer and more days of extreme weather, both hot and cold (but mostly hot), are in our future.:

  • Regional Climate Impacts: Northeast "Since 1970, the annual average temperature in the Northeast has increased by 2°F, with winter temperatures rising twice this much.150 Warming has resulted in many other climate-related changes, including: "--from Global Climate Change Impacts in the US (2009)
  • USFWS - Conservation in a Changing Climate "The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service climate change strategy, titled “Rising to the Urgent Challenge: Strategic Plan for Responding to Accelerating Climate Change,” establishes a basic framework within which the Service will work as part of the larger conservation community to help ensure the sustainability of fish, wildlife, plants and habitats in the face of accelerating climate change. The plan is implemented through a dynamic action plan that details specific steps the Service will take during the next five years to implement the Strategic Plan. " Rising to the Urgent Challenge Strategic Plan for Responding to Accelerating Climate Change
  • State of the Birds 2011 Report — Public Lands and Waters "This year’s report provides the nation’s first assessment of the distribution of birds on public lands and helps public agencies identify which species have significant potential for conservation in each habitat. The state of our birds is a measurable indicator of how well we are doing as stewards of our environment. The signal is clear. Greater conservation efforts on public lands and waters are needed to realize the vision of a nation sustained economically and spiritually by abundant natural resources and spectacular wildlife. "

We got to ask ourselves, how hot and for how long will it take for the public to get it. To get it you have to realize that just more extremely hot days are a part of the evidence. To see what the Like Changes are for Climate Change in our region, go here: “Likely Changes.”

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