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Heidi Cullen On Flash Drought: ‘This Summer Is A Story Of Moving From Heaven To Hell’

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As the summer of 2012 brings a range of damaging extreme weather events, television news networks are giving more attention to the connection to a changing climate. In recent weeks, ABC, CBS, NBC, and PBS have all featured segments connecting the dots between a warming planet and extreme weather.

This morning, MSNBC featured an interview with Heidi Cullen, the chief climatologist with Climate Central, who talked about this summer’s heat and drought in a climate context.

“Here in the U.S., it definitely means more extremes. And we’re talking about heat extremes, drought extremes, and wildfire extremes. So in a sense, the summer of 2012 is a really nice picture, if you will, of what we can expect more of,” said Cullen.

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5 Responses to Heidi Cullen On Flash Drought: ‘This Summer Is A Story Of Moving From Heaven To Hell’

  1. Paul Magnus says:

    Wonder what would be the outcome to all these mega fires world wide if there weren’t human intervention… Perhapse some form of climate feedback ?

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/18/greece-wildfires_n_1682136.html?utm_hp_ref=green&ir=Green

  2. P Baker says:

    I love Heidi – it’s so important to get the right front-person and a having such a charming, concerned, articulate and feminine personality (shades of Sarah Michelle Gellar?)on your side – well it’s just perfect.

    Grouchy, pushy and wrinkly male denialists just don’t stand a chance. Heidi for President 2016!

  3. Mike Roddy says:

    P Baker, I really like Heidi too, and met her once at an SEJ conference. She is one of our best communicators, and I would vote for her for president, too.

    Fires such as we’re seeing now were not predicted at the current .75 C warming. That means that 2C, which most of us will see in our lifetimes, could cause far more damage than anyone expects. Policymakers need to consider that fact. Yeah, I know, good luck with that.

  4. Solar Jim says:

    At 10 a.m Eastern guests on the NPR Diane Rehm show also spoke of drought and global warming, along with the coming price impacts and farm insurance costs.

  5. Oggy Bleacher says:

    USDA forcast a bumper crop…commodity prices drop. Now Corn is at the upper limit. Someone made a bundle of cash on this drought.