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"Explaining Extreme Events of 2012 from a Climate Perspective"

The Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society released a special supplement today: "Explaining Extreme Events of 2012 from a Climate Perspective". This report is the second in what is now an annual summary of extreme weather events analyzed through the context of climate attribution science.

A global collection of scientists, including members of NOAA, took a look at 12 specific extreme weather events from 2012 and their connection to human induced climate change. Of those events, three of them were right here in the U.S.: the central U.S. drought, the Eastern March-May heat, and Sandy. They found that human induced climate change had little impact on the intense drought, but did contribute to the long stretch of record warmth across the East. Also, climate change related sea level rise played a part in Sandy's destructive surge and has nearly doubled our chances of a Sandy-level flood recurrence as compared to 1950.

NOAA summary of the report.

Full report, published by the American Meteorological Society.

Climate Central takes a look at one aspect of research in this report.





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