Extreme Temperature Diary-September 11, 2019/ Climate Central Celebrates Local Climate Change Reporting

Wednesday September 11th… Dear Diary. The main purpose of this ongoing blog will be to track United States extreme or record temperatures related to climate change. Any reports I see of ETs will be listed below the main topic of the day. I’ll refer to extreme or record temperatures as ETs (not extraterrestrials).😉

Climate Central Celebrates Local Climate Chane Reporting

Many of you know that I have been closely following the goings on at Climate Central, based at Princeton University, since Dr. Heidi Cullen founded that institution over a decade ago. Climate Central has used much of my record statistics reporting over the years to help communicate changing climate facts. The main goal of the institution now is to bring on board as many on camera meteorologists as possible to help sway public opinion that indeed the planet is undergoing a climate crisis. Today on the anniversary of 9/11 we celebrate and applaud their efforts, keeping in mind that our changing climate eventually will produce more havoc and even deaths across the U.S. than the awful terrorist attacks from eighteen years ago. Such havoc will only be worse if we don’t take drastic measures. The first step is to sway public opinion, and I believe that Climate Central is winning that battle.

Here is more as posted via a Climate Central letter dated from today:

Hello Climate Matters friends, 

There is a lot going on in the world of climate change this month, meaning a big opportunity for climate change coverage. Climate Week NYC (Sept. 23 to 29) coincides with the United Nations Climate Action Summit. Covering Climate Now, a CJR project, has 170+ news outlets signed on. Plus, September 25 marks the release of the IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate, authored by more than 100 scientists from more than 30 countries. 

To support your storytelling—for these events and beyond—we’ve pulled together a celebration of local climate change reporting. Here’s what you’ll find:

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  • A top 10 list of climate change story ideas (and accompanying links to essential Climate Central resources)
  • Techniques for turning the global climate issue into local stories
  • Tips from our colleagues who are reporting on climate and science
  • Exemplary local climate stories sent in by your peers
  • Resources from around the web on the science of climate change

Whether you’re new to covering climate or are a seasoned pro, we hope this collection will inspire and continue to be a resource going forward.  VISIT WEBSITE

Also, on Thursday, September 19 at 11 am ET, we are hosting a special webinar with Chris Forest of Penn State and Project Drawdown, and Allen Arthur of Solutions Journalism to talk about climate change solutions and how to cover them. REGISTER AND ATTEND FREE HERE

Thanks to you, our media partners, Climate Matters has grown considerably over the last few years–both in participants and the number of stories being told in local communities around the U.S. Our program now includes 780 TV meteorologists and 260 journalists. We could not do this without you!  The whole Climate Matters team would like to thank you. 


Bernadette and Sean

Bernadette Woods Placky

Bernadette Woods Placky 
Chief Meteorologist
Climate Matters Director

Sean Sublette

I invite all reading to participate if physically possible.

Here is more climate and weather news from Wednesday:

(As usual, this will be a fluid post in which more information gets added during the day as it crosses my radar, crediting all who have put it on-line. Items will be archived on this site for posterity. In most instances click on the pictures of each tweet to see each article.)

Here are Wednesday’s “ET” reports:

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Guy Walton- “The Climate Guy”

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