Storm Warnings: Extreme Weather Is a Product of Climate Change: Scientific American

Posted by Trish Riley, July 5, 2011

In this year alone massive blizzards have struck the U.S. Northeast, tornadoes have ripped through the nation, mighty rivers like the Mississippi and Missouri have flowed over their banks, and floodwaters have covered huge swaths of Australia as well as displaced more than five million people in China and devastated Colombia. And this year’s natural disasters follow on the heels of a staggering litany of extreme weather in 2010, from record floods in Nashville, Tenn., and Pakistan, to Russia’s crippling heat wave.These patterns have caught the attention of scientists at the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C., part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NOAA. They’ve been following the recent deluges’ stunning radar pictures and growing rainfall totals with concern and intense interest.

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