Source: Extreme weather patterns and the possible role of climate change panel discussion on CBS News Sunday morning show, Face the Nation, on May 26, 2013.
Extended quote by Dr. Marshall Shepherd, President of the American Meteorological Society (AMS):
"As I often say, 'Weather is your mood and climate is your personality,' so on any given day, you can have really cold weather or really violent weather. But, the scientific literature, including our recent AMS climate change statement does suggest that our climate is changing and I think we can say some things about certain weather phenomenen and climate phenomenen that are more linked to this climate change.
We are in a different climate system now. Almost every weather phenomenen happens now in a warmer and more moist climate, and so I do think we see some changes in our climate and some responses in our weather."
Dr. Heidi Cullen, chief climatologist for Climate Central, then stated, "Right now I'd say that the jury is still out as to how global warming will affect tornadoes...
But when it comes to things like heat waves,..heavy rainstorms, drought, wildfires, we know that the atmosphere is on steroids, if you will. So basically we know that we'd have to deal with weather-related risks. We live in a country that has always seen extreme weather. We're basically moving in a direction where we're going to see more and more of certain of these extremes."
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