Saturday, 21 August 2010

Rolling Stone vs NOAA

It's Rolling Stone versus the NOAA

From the devastating floods in Pakistan to the massive wildfires and deadly heat in Russia, which have conspired to fill the morgues in Moscow , we're now living in an era of Weather of Mass Destruction. And it has human fingerprints all over it.

However, is it true?

NOAA Finds That Russian Heat Wave Was 100% Natural - CO2 Warming Not Even A Factor

NOAA's statement:
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"...greenhouse gas forcing fails to explain the 2010 heat wave over western Russia. The natural process of atmospheric blocking, and the climate impacts induced by such blocking, are the principal cause for this heat wave. It is not known whether, or to what extent, greenhouse gas emissions may affect the frequency or intensity of blocking during summer. It is important to note that observations reveal no trend in a daily frequency of July blocking over the period since 1948, nor is there an appreciable trend in the absolute values of upper tropospheric summertime heights over western Russia for the period since 1900. The indications are that the current blocking event is intrinsic to the natural variability of summer climate in this region, a region which has a climatological vulnerability to blocking and associated heat waves (e.g., 1960, 1972, 1988)."