Saturday, May 30, 2015

Climate Change: "Supplying more juice to the event"

'More juice' in Brazos Bend State Park.

This has been a month of extreme weather around the world.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 5/29/2015)
Texas state climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon attributes the heavy rainfall to an unusually southern fork in the jet stream, a stuck stationary front and El Nino, and says the downpours have probably been made slightly worse by climate change.

For every degree Celsius the air is warmer, it can hold 7 percent more moisture. That, Nielsen-Gammon says, "is supplying more juice to the event."

While it is too early to connect one single event to man-made warming, scientific literature shows "that when it rains hard, it rains harder than it did 20 to 30 years ago," says University of Georgia meteorology professor Marshall Shepherd.

'More juice' in Bastrop State Park

'More juice' in San Marcos, Texas.

'More juice' in Houston.

'More juice' in Oklahoma.

'More juice' in Arkansas.

Other climate change posts:
Worldwide in April 2015, temperatures were above average.  (5/28/2015)
Record global heat continues.  (5/8/2015)
Is it any surprise that the education-bashing Scott Walker appears to be the favorite among Iowa climate change deniers.  (5/7/2015)
No Longer Mighty, the Rio Grande is Disappearing.  (4/15/2015) 
NOAA global temperature analysis: 2 months into 2015, we're experiencing the 2nd warmest year on record.  (3/18/2015)
It's a big (and warming) world out there: January 2015 is 2nd warmest since 1880.  (2/20/2015) 
Republicans need to generate a new climate change meme.  (1/21/2015)
Cold enough for you?  (3/9/2014)

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