Extreme Temperature Diary-January 17, 2018/ Topic: Attribution…Connecting More Dots

Wednesday January 17th… Dear Diary. The main purpose of this ongoing post will be to track United States extreme or record temperatures related to climate change. I’ll refer to extreme temperatures as ETs (not extraterrestrials)😊. Here is today’s climate change related topic:

Attribution…Connecting More Dots

Having been a member of the American Meteorological Society I know that this organization scientifically looks at weather events very thoroughly before publishing articles in their bulletin. At the end of each year for the past six years BAMS has attributed specific events from the prior year to climate change. For the December 2017 issue of BAMS the AMS published an article linking three specific weather events to climate change from 2016:

1) The overall heat of 2016 since that year has been the warmest year on record

2) A blistering 2016 Asian heat wave

3) Most interestingly the “Blob” or a swath of higher than average pool of ocean temperatures at high latitudes in the Bering Sea linked to the die-off of birds and codfish in the Gulf of Alaska that lasted 18 months.

Jeff Rosenfeld, the editor of BAMS, can be quoted as saying, “We can no longer be shy about talking about the connection of human causes of climate change and weather.”

For more information here is a new article: https://www.sciencenewsforstudents.org/article/scientists-last-link-some-extreme-weather-human-activities    

For the December 2018 issue of BAMS it will be interesting to see if the AMS has found attribution links to Harvey, Irma, and Maria along with the California fires during 2017. 


Well Brrr! As I am writing my daily Extreme Temperature Diary post at 2 PM EDT it is currently 22F in Atlanta with a wind chill near 0 in the wake of a storm that dropped 1-3″ of powdery snow. We may see a daily record low maximum in Atlanta established for 1/17/18. Maybe I should reconsider how fast global warming is occurring across the planet? Well…no, unfortunately. I should have a toasty global report for 2017 by the end of the week for my main daily topic.

This morning is the coldest in roughly 20-30 years across large parts of the South–the sharpest since a couple of severe cold outbreaks of the 1980s/1990s. Updated roundup from of the nation’s worst cold waves:

I would expect more ET reports out of the Deep South for tomorrow the 18th looking at this forecast chart:

I’ll be posting some chilly ET reports as the day progresses.

The Climate Guy




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