Tags: extreme weather

"Satan called. He wants his weather back."

BiteSign photographed on in the middle of Main Street, in Bison, Kansas on July 23, 2011 during the record-breaking drought.
More intense precipitation means "When it rains, it pours"

Category:Extreme Weather
BiteWhat does "more intense precipitation" mean? It means that, in the immortal words of the Morton Salt Company, "When it rains it pours."
Insurance companies don't care if you believe in AGW.

Category:Extreme Weather
Bite"Insurance companies don’t care if you believe in climate change or not: Your premiums are going up anyhow...home insurance premiums are going up across the board in response to the record number of tornadoes, floods, fires, blizzards and other heavy weather that hit the country in 2011."—Dean Kuipe...
A warming planet doesn't get rid of winter

Bite"People across the northern hemisphere are facing the fact that a warming planet doesn't get rid of winter ... now is a good time to remind ourselves that weather, like death and taxes, will always be with us." — Robert Henson, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
When in doubt, ask... your insurance company!

Category:Who to Believe?
Bite“The prospect of extreme climate change and its potentially devastating economic and social consequences are of great concern to the insurance industry.” — Kyoto Statement of The Geneva Association, 29th May, 2009
'Tropic of Chaos'

BiteThe 'Tropic of Chaos'; the band encircling the middle of the globe between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn, where already-destabilized nations are particularly vulnerable to the devastating effects of increasingly extreme weather patterns.
Hurricanes are sexy, but there are worse threats

Category:Extreme Weather
Bite"If we never have another tornado or hurricane, the increased threat of droughts, heat waves, floods and fires are enough for us to take action against climate change." - Scott Mandia
"...Like leaving the 'fridge door open."

BiteAs the Arctic warms, so the northern continents at higher latitudes experience cold winters with heavy snow falls. It's rather like the fridge door being left open: warm air goes in at the top as cold air falls out into the room.
Is it going to be bad or horrifically bad? That's the scientific debate

Bite‘Is it going to be bad or horrifically bad?’ This is what the scientists debate, not it could be fine. Nothing like that.’ – Dr. Justin Wood, climate scientist
Guns don't 'cause' violence, but they make it deadlier.

Category:Extreme Weather
BiteExtreme weather is not 'caused' by climate change, just like murder is not 'caused' by guns. But just as greater availability of firearms makes violence more frequent and deadly, so climate change increases the likelihood and severity of extreme weather.
It's not Vegas.   What happens in the Arctic doesn't stay in the Arctic

Category:Extreme Weather
BiteWhat happens in the Arctic, doesn't stay in the Arctic. The rapid disappearance of sea ice cover can have consequences that are felt all over the Northern Hemisphere, due to the effects it has on atmospheric patterns.
Bite1.4 F of warming so far has led to 40% less Arctic ice mass, Western wildfires that now consume 6x more forest, more frequent big hurricanes and insurance companies quitting many coastal areas. To imagine 11 degrees of warming, multiply by 8.
Extreme weather cause?   Like heart attack risk factors

Category:Extreme Weather
Bite"An obese, middle-aged man is running to catch a bus. Suddenly, he clutches his chest, falls to the ground and dies of a massive heart attack. It turns out that he's a smoker and a diabetic, has high blood pressure, eats a diet high in saturated fat and low in leafy green vegetables, pours salt on e...
Extreme weather:  Think of the atmosphere as a sponge

Category:Extreme Weather
Bite"Think of the atmosphere as a sponge. The hotter the air, the bigger your sponge, so it can hold more water. And when you squeeze it out, you're going to get more rain...and flooding."

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