Long before we experience protracted, detectable heat
global warming, we experience the effects of a more unstable
-- altered drought and rainfall patterns, more intense
temperature extremes, unseasonal weather events and more
- December, 2006
January - June, 2006
WMO: 2005 Saw New Level of Weather
Extremes (Dec. 2005)
material about Hurricanes Katrina and Rita)
Profile: July -
Extreme Weather Profile:
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Findings published in the journal Science in
2000, reinforced previous projections of
increasingly destructive weather as climate change
That study follows two previous studies by
al. which had established the connection between greenhouse
and extreme weather events: "Trends in U.S. Climate during the Twentieth
Century, Consequences, Spring,
1995, Vol. 1,
No. 1, Thomas Karl et al. Also: "The Coming
Climate," by Thomas R. Karl, Neville Nicholls and
Gregory, Scientific American, May, 1997. A 2003
the World Water Council noted a steady
increase in extreme weather events over the past 40
with "major flood disasters" rising from 7 in the 1970s, to
the 1980s to 26 in the 1990s.
Some highlights from 2001:
At the beginning of
Britain emerged from its wettest winter in
than 270 years of record keeping.
In early February, 22
blizzards in northern China stranded more
100,000 herders, many of whom starved.
worst drought in 100 years triggered more than 1,200
In early May, some 40
people died in
the hottest spring on record in Pakistan.
suffered the single most expensive storm in modern
when it received 35 inches of rain in one week, leaving $6
By late July, a
protracted drought in
Central America had left more than 1.5
farmers with no crops to harvest. As a result, about one
the combined populations of Honduras, Nicaragua,
and El Salvador are suffering from malnutrition.
devastating drought left more than $2.5 billion in
losses. The drought was temporarily interrupted in August by
worst flash flooding in 200 years in that country that
In November, the worst
flood in memory
killed more than 1,000 people in Algeria.
Boston, after an
October and November of record setting warmth, it was 71
on Dec. 1.
2005 emerged as the hottest year on
followed by 1997, 2002