This blog has cautioned readers before that land surface temperatures are on the rise and noted a disturbing trend: “When compared with the average surface moisture from 1950 to 2000, computer models projected about a 15% decline in surface moisture from 2021 to 2040.”
Professor Joe likes how Steve Scolnik put together the statistical aggregation across the country “since it gets us beyond the oft-repeated point that you can’t pin any one record temperature on global warming. It shows that in more recent decades record high temperatures far outpace record lows across U.S.
“Total number of daily high and low temperature records set in the U.S., data from NOAA National Climatic Data Center, background image © Kevin Ambrose. Includes historical daily observations archived in NCDC’s Cooperative Summary of the Day data set and preliminary reports from Cooperative Observers and First Order National Weather Service stations. All stations have a Period of Record of at least 30 years.”
Devastating heat waves that result in fatalities and crop losses may increasingly become a common occurrence in the United States over the next three decades, according to a team of Stanford University researchers.
“Using a large suite of climate model experiments, we see a clear emergence of much more intense, hot conditions in the U.S. within the next three decades,: Noah Diffenbaugh, the lead author of the study, told the Stanford Report.
“In the next 30 years, we could see an increase in heat waves like the one now occurring in the eastern United States or the kind that swept across Europe in 2003 that caused tens of thousands of fatalities,” said Diffenbaugh, a center fellow at Stanford’s Woods Institute for the Environment. “Those kinds of severe heat events also put enormous stress on major crops like corn, soybean, cotton and wine grapes, causing a significant reduction in yields.”