Extreme Weather Linked to Climate Change?

You might have seen this video of a wild baby armadillo drinking water from a hose, due to very dry conditions in parts of Texas. About ninety percent of Texas is in a state of severe, extreme, or exceptional drought, according to Drought Monitor. Texas state climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon said, “Certainly global warming has contributed to the rate at which the ground has dried out because of the warm temperatures.” (Source: NYTimes.com)

The largest wildfire in Arizona history is still going, though it appears to be under control now. It has consumed over 500,000 acres. The US Forest Service has said the several million acres of land burned nationwide by wildfires this year is partly related to climate change. In a number of areas around the world, global warming is melting mountain snowpacks that feed rivers and watersheds significantly so there is less water for forests, plants and animals.

In other regions increased raining and flooding have been acknowledged to be influenced by climate change, “The computers found that the chances of those memorable floods, which sent geese swimming through city streets, were roughly doubled in a climate with the greenhouse gases.” (Source: NYTimes.com)

When it comes to tornadoes though, a potential link is not as clear. Harold Brooks, research meteorologist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Severe Storms Laboratory has said, “We see no correlation between global or US national temperature and tornado occurrence”. (Source: Google News)

The following well-crafted video references extreme weather types and climate change, but lumps tornadoes into the same category. It is persuasive, but perhaps not all that accurate when it comes to that form of extreme weather.

Image Credit: Tomas Castelazo

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Danuta Watola
Danuta W6 years ago

Thanks for the information.

Juliet D.
judith sanders6 years ago

I reckon they'll lynch that climatologist, then have another prayer-fest.

Matilda H.
Past Member 7 years ago

"Hate to say I told you so."

jane richmond
jane richmond7 years ago


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jane richmond7 years ago


Catsy D.
Catsy D7 years ago

How sad:-(
Indeed it is not so much Global Warming.. as it is ACTUALLY ""Climate Change!!"" Or Global Extremes. The weather sure is ALL OVER THE PLACE. Winter is Colder, Summer is warmer.
It is SCARY. As much as one tries to help, I feel my existence is only adding to the problem:-( I try to only eat fresh vegies, live close to work, dont drive too much, etc. But I still do drive, I use electricity (though sparingly, I still use it) I consume just like everyone else???
I feel powerless to do anything. Every little bit helps... Right??? Right?? Or does it??? I try to consume less.. but I am still consuming :-( We can only do our best...

Akin Adelakun
Akin Adelakun7 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Laurie D.
Laurie D7 years ago

Really? This is still a question? WOW!! As Bill Engvall would say... "Here's your sign!"

Lisa B.
Elizabeth B7 years ago

thank you

rene davis
irene davis7 years ago

yes Marie it's real & with us. We need to do all we can