Verdict is In: Climate is Changing -- Beyond Weather Variability
March through May -- the Spring months -- witnessed the breaking of temperature records all across the US.
Weather experts are calling it the "Summer in March." 35 Heat records were broken for every record breaking Cold statistic.
The observation about the importance of this pattern comes not only from NOAA, the US Government agency that includes the National Weather Service, but is joined by unambiguous statements from the Weather Channel, and Weather Underground, private companies, that have not always chimed in about climate change. Here is what their experts are saying:
- Christopher C. Burt, the weather historian at Wundergoudn, another professional weather source said, “it’s almost like science fiction at this point.“
- Dr. Jeff Masters of the Weather Channel: "A spring heat wave like no other in U.S. and Canadian historypeaked in intensity yesterday, during its tenth day. Since record keeping began in the late 1800s, there have never been so many temperature records broken for spring warmth in a one-week period–and the margins by which some of the records were broken yesterday were truly astonishing."
- Weather Channel meteorologist Stu Ostro calls the current heat wave “surreal” and explained that “While natural factors are contributing to this warm spell, given the nature of it and its context with other extreme weather events and patterns in recent years there is a high probability that global warming is having an influence upon its extremity.”
- Meteorologist Masters published a detailed statistical analysis that concluded, “It is highly unlikely the warmth of the current ‘Summer in March’ heat wave could have occurred unless the climate was warming.”