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Some say it is a largely a manifestation of man-made climate change; others attribute it to natural variability and periodic trends of the earth. And there is the argument that it is some of both.
Whatever the cause, extreme weather is causing thousands of deaths and destroying billions of dollars of property and crops. Coastlines are impacted by sea level rise, even at the rate of a few millimeters a year.
This channel helps you stay informed about the issues and ramifications of extreme weather.
Conditions Ripe for Active Atlantic Hurricane Season
Bloomberg - 2013-05-23
The Atlantic Ocean is warmer than usual. The article describes August 20 as the beginning of increased activity and September 10 as the statistical peak of the season.
NOAA Calls for Changes Following Superstorm Sandy
Weather Underground - 2013-05-16
A report suggests revising the protocol for issuing advisories and warnings.
Key Figures on Superstorm Sandy, 6 Months Later
ABC News - 2013-04-29
The 32 most alarming charts from the government's climate change report | Grist
Grist - 2013-01-14
A good round robin of info-graphics on the effects of climate change.
Are renewables stormproof? Hurricane Sandy tests solar, wind.
Christian Science Monitor - 2012-11-20
Early assessments say that damage to solar panels and windmills, overall, was not highly substantial. But many installations were to some degree victims of the high winds.
Greenhouse gases hit record high
BBC News - 2012-11-20
The World Meteorological Society says that carbon dioxide levels have reached 391 parts per billion. It also said that since 1750 375 billion tonnes of carbon have been emitted, and half of that is still in the atmosphere.
Long Island Power Authority's Flaws Hindered Recovery Efforts
NYTimes.com - 2012-11-14
Factbox: Fewer than 167,000 without power after Sandy, Nor'easter
Reuters - 2012-11-12
Costs from Sandy into the billions as thousands struggle, still, without power
CNN.com - 2012-11-12
Climate Change Report Outlines Perils for U.S. Military
NYTimes.com - 2012-11-10
The National Research Council said society should expect more extreme weather but that it is not ready to face the challenges.
Maya civilization's collapse linked to climate change: study
Reuters - 2012-11-08
Long-term changes in precipitation led to drought in meso-America, which in turn led to the disintegration of the Mayan civilization.
3-D Maps Pictured Sandy's Devastation - Five Years Ago
InsideClimate News - 2012-11-01
This story by InsideClimateNews.com revisits a study that used 3-D renderings to simulate the effects of flooding on coastal cities. The story also goes on to assess Sandy in terms of climate change.
NYC subway creaking back as region assesses damage
Associated Press - 2012-11-01
Thursday morning, Nov. 1, NYC subway trains resumed service after the floods of Hurricane Sandy moved into the city about 8 pm Monday.
Storm Sandy's Damage Will "Take Some Time" as Transit, Power Hit
Bloomberg - 2012-10-31
Damage has been estimated at $50 billion. The story gives various rainfall estimates, some over 11 inches. From the Web site: "More than 11,000 storm victims were using 258 shelters in 16 states, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said yesterday on the conference call."
The scale of post-Sandy challenge in NY, NJ is unprecedented
CBS News - 2012-10-31
From the Web page: "Forecasting firm IHS Global Insight predicted it would cause $20 billion in damage and $10 billion to $30 billion in lost business. Another firm, AIR Worldwide, estimated losses up to $15 billion."
A state-by-state look at the East Coast superstorm
CBS News - 2012-10-31
Where things stand the afternoon of Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012.
Obama travels to New Jersey as millions begin Sandy recovery effort
guardian.co.uk - 2012-10-31
President cancels campaign events for third day in a row to attend to hurricane matters.
Assessing Damage From Hurricane Sandy - Graphic
NYTimes.com - 2012-10-31
The New York Times blogs a series of maps showing evacuation zones around wastewater treatment plants, affected subways and other ramifications of Sandy. It includes a map of power failures along the Eastern Seaboard.
Map of Sandy's impact
The Washington Post - 2012-10-31
This map of the eastern seaboard from North Carolina to Connecticut tracks Sandy's path and lists the deaths, power outages, rain levels and other information about the superstorm.
New York Mops Up as Sandy's Floods Recede, Deaths Climb
Bloomberg - 2012-10-31
New York, which has seen its normal water levels rise by 4 to 6 inches since 1960, suffered severe flooding when Sandy passed through on Monday, Oct 30. About a dozen transit tunnels, mostly subways, were flooded and officials anticipated that it would take days to restore service.
Did Climate Change Supersize Hurricane Sandy?
Mother Jones - 2012-10-29
More moisture in the atmosphere, rising sea levels and warmer sea surfaces are effects of climate change that are contributing to the force of Hurricane Sandy.
The "Frankenstorm" and Global Warming
NYTimes.com - 2012-10-29
Experts describe major weather and climate phenomena to discuss how much the Sandy-Nor'easter confluence is part of climate change.
Why Sandy Has Meteorologists Scared in 4 Images
The Atlantic - 2012-10-28
This shows the massive cloud area from a satellite image, an animated graphic of the various weather systems that are converging, a map of the probabilities of storm surges above 6 feet and the NOAA forecast of Sandy tracking through and near the heaviest population areas of the United States.
5 Reasons Why Sandy Is Expected to Be a Superstorm
ABC News - 2012-10-28
Hurricane is forecast to meet a wintry storm from the west and arctic air from the north during the high tides of the full moon. Wind and snow threaten double punches to power lines.
Hurricane Sandy: 10 statistics that place this powerful storm in perspective
Guardian.co.uk - 2012-10-28
Sandy could break a number of records, such as low atmospheric pressure of 951 millibars to a storm surge in New York City of more than 10.5 feet (the record there in 1960 at Battery Park.)
Millions of trees will die in US Southwest due to drought: study
Payson Roundup - 2012-10-10
Studying 13,000 years of tree ring data, scientist say the current drought of the early 21st century may compare to the mega-drought of the 1200s.
U.S. runs out of funds to battle wildfires
The Washington Post - 2012-10-08
The US budget for fighting wildfires is proving inadequate in an age where the wildfire season lasts longer and often covers more area.
Time for West Texas to Face Long-Term Water Needs
NYTimes.com - 2012-10-07
A weak El Nino in the fall of 2012 might reduce badly needed rainfall in southern Texas.
Coastal Cleanup draws 1,006 volunteers
Times Press Recorder - 2012-09-21
UC climate-change skeptic changes views, Has Been Funded by Koch Brothers
SFGate.com - 2012-08-22
NOAA forecasts 12 to 17 named tropical storms or hurricanes in 2012
Associated Press - 2012-08-21
Corn Gains as U.S. Rain Too Late to Boost Drought-Damaged Yields
Businessweek - 2012-08-21
Rains fail to offset Okla. drought conditions
Tulsa World - 2012-08-20
Sizzling summer has worsened severe drought
The Bend Bulletin - 2012-08-18
Recent Extreme Weather Driven by Long- and Short-Term Trends
National Geographic Magazine - 2012-08-17
Europe Heat Wave Wilting Corn Adds to U.S. Drought
Bloomberg - 2012-07-24
East Africa: Greater Food Insecurity Forecast
allAfrica.com - 2012-04-05
Rain eases drought, may last through Thursday
Tulsa World - 2012-03-22
Stubborn drought expected to tax Mexico for years
Reuters - 2012-03-22
Corn, soybeans acres down in this area - Carmi, IL - The Carmi Times
CarmiTimes.com - 2011-07-25
Extreme Weather and Climate Change: What's the Link? - Energy & Environment Experts
National Journal - 2011-07-06
Freeze knocked out coal plants and natural gas supplies in Texas
Dallas Morning News - 2011-02-06
How extreme weather could create a global food crisis
The Guardian - 2011-02-04
GlobalResourcesNews stories on the search term: extreme weather
Links for the search term: extreme weather
NASA Study Projects Warming-Driven Changes in Global Rainfall
From the site: "The models project for every 1 degree Fahrenheit of carbon dioxide-induced warming, heavy rainfall will increase globally by 3.9 percent and light rain will increase globally by 1 percent. However, total global rainfall is not projected to change much because moderate rainfall will decrease globally by 1.4 percent. "
Rank: Name: Year: Damage (U.S.)*: 1 Katrina 2005 $105,840,000,000 2 Sandy 2012 $55,000,000,000 3 Andrew 1992 $45,561,000,000 4 Ike 2008 $27,790,000,000 5 Wilma 2005 $20,587,000,000 6 Ivan 2004 $19,832,000,000 7 Charley 2004 $15,820,000,000 8 Irene 2011 $15,800,000,000 9 Hugo 1989 $9,739,820,675 10 Rita 2005 $11,797,000,000
$1.4 million in aid from Hurricane Irene announced in April 2013, 20 months after August 2011
Hurricane Irene made landfall on New Jersey on Aug. 28, 2013. On April 26, 2013 $1.4 million aid was still being disbursed.
Hurricane Data Sets from the Hurricane Research Division
Chronologies, timelines especially for the ones that made landfall.
Hurricane Spaghetti Models from Cyclocane
Graphical looks at computer simulations of potential tracks of hurricanes
From the Web site: " Definition of "Mesonet"
"Mesonet" is a combination of the words "mesoscale" and "network".
In meteorology, "mesoscale" refers to weather events that range in size from about one mile to about 150 miles. Mesoscale events last from several minutes to several hours. Therefore, mesoscale weather events are phenomenon that might go undetected without densely spaced weather observations. Thunderstorms, wind gusts, heatbursts, and drylines, are examples of mesoscale events.
A "network" is an interconnected system.
Thus, the Oklahoma Mesonet is a system designed to measure the environment at the size and duration of mesoscale weather events."
Hundred Year Forecast: Drought
Good long-term drought records and online mapping about drought and water availability.