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Thu Mar 22, 2012, 06:40 PM

Global Warming May Have Fueled March Heat Wave Odds

http://www.climatecentral.org/news/global-warming-increased-odds-of-march-heatwave-experts-say/
Global Warming May Have Fueled March Heat Wave Odds

March 22nd, 2012
By Andrew Freedman

According to several top scientists, the March heat wave that has shattered records across a wide swath of the U.S. bears some of the hallmarks of global warming.

In email conversations on Wednesday and Thursday, those same scientific researchers who specialize in studying the role climate change plays in influencing individual extreme events — a burgeoning field known as "extreme event attribution” — said global warming may have made March's soaring temperatures more likely to occur, although they add that natural variability has played a key role as well.



Although studies have not yet been conducted on the main factors that triggered this heat wave and whether global warming may have tilted the odds in favor of the event, scientific studies of previous heat events clearly show that global warming increases the odds of heat extremes, in much the same way as using steroids boosts the chances that a baseball player will hit more home runs in a given year.



Studies that have followed this probability-based approach, such as one that examined the deadly European heat wave of 2003, and another that investigated the brutal Russian heat wave of 2010, have found that changes in greenhouse gases can significantly increase the odds that such severe events would occur.

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Response to OKIsItJustMe (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 09:44 PM

1. "may" have?

AYFKM?

I can see it now, the news person or scientist saying that global warming "may" be responsible for the oceans rising...as the water covers his head.

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Response to OKIsItJustMe (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 10:03 PM

2. Grr!! Headlines like these make me so angry!

"Global Warming May Have Fueled March Heat Wave Odds"?

"Global Warming May Have Fueled March Heat Wave Odds"?!

Christ, it's following original climate change models practically to the minute! And our own side can't even just say it straight up, they have to hedge their bets with a qualifier like "may." How thoroughly we've been indoctrinated.

smh



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