Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Weather versus Climate

Squirrel trying to cool down outside Gittleson Hall, July 18, 2013.What a cold winter -and cool spring- we've been having here in the Northeast! But summer is coming. Do you remember ever feeling hot? Look what this poor squirrel was driven to do while trying to cool down outside Gittleson Hall on July 18, 2013:

One effective message I've seen lately to help distinguish weather trends versus climate change is the answer to this question from the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research: what do home runs and weather extremes have in common? I find the steroids-in-baseball analogy particularly effective. Do you? I am fascinated by the evidence of climate change contained in statistics of the ratio of record highs to record lows, as referenced in the baseball clip- here is more information on how those statistics were compiled.

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