Monday, July 16, 2012
Texas Tall Tales and Global Warming: Guest Post by Dr. Cliff Mass University of Washington
“…extreme heat events were roughly 20 times more likely in 2008 than in other La Niña years in the 1960s” It is this statement that has made headlines across the country. Headlines you shouldn’t believe.
Last week the national media was full of stories about how global warming has made Texas heat waves TWENTY TIMES more probable. We are talking about hundreds of stories in respected national media outlets (including NY Times, Washington Post, and even the Seattle Times). These stories were all based on an article in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (DID HUMAN INFLUENCE ON CLIMATE MAKE THE 2011 TEXAS DROUGHT MORE PROBABLE? with lead authors David E. Rup and Philip W. Mote of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute and some British colleagues…found here…scroll down to page 12).