Minorities and women in diapers hardest hit. Story here.
Here in Texas, we have a word for hot, scorching weather like they’re predicting. We call it June. Please do not get us started on August. You aren’t ready for August. It’s like all the scary parts of Revelations.
But the article has a few gems:
In the 2080s, the average summer high will probably be 102 degrees in Jacksonville, 100 degrees in Memphis, 96 degrees in Atlanta, and 91 degrees in Chicago and Washington, according to the study published in the peer-reviewed journal Climate.
In other news, in Dallas today the forecast was for rain. Yeah. Start getting it right a week in advance and then let’s talk about 2080, please.
And then there’s this:
Many politicians and global warming skeptics have criticized computer models as erring on the side of predicting temperatures that are too hot and outcomes that are too apocalyptic with global warming. But Druyan said the problem is most computer models, especially when compared to their predictions of past observations, underestimate how bad global warming is. That’s because they see too many rainy days, which tend to cool temperatures off, he said.
There is an established link between rainy and cooler weather and hot and drier weather, said Kevin Trenberth, climate analysis chief at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. Rainy days mean more clouds blocking the sun and more solar heat used to evaporate water, Druyan said.
So in 2080, not only is it going to be painfully hot (the 90’s in Chi-town) but there will still be those jagoffs who say, “Yeah, but it’s a dry heat.” Great.
But at least it ends on this note:
Trenberth said the link between dryness and heat works, but he is a little troubled by the computer modeling done by Lynn and Druyan and points out that recently the eastern United States has been wetter and cooler than expected.
A top U.S. climate modeler, Jerry Mahlman, criticized the study as not matching models up correctly and “just sort of whistling in the dark a little bit.”
But Andrew Weaver of the University of Victoria, editor of the journal Climate but not of this study, praised the paper, saying “it makes perfect sense.”
Good. At least we have consensus.
thanks to lauraw posting OT here. You think in the future that David Caruso will have to leave his sunglasses on? That could be an upside to climate change.
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