ABC News: ‘Scientists Say Human-Caused Climate Change Is … Creating More Heat Waves, Droughts And Intense Downpours’

A very good ABC News story from last week:

Here’s the transcript:

And once again tonight, flooding, tornadoes, hail, and fire as the nation takes another punch from mother nature and climate. ABC’s Clayton Sandell shows us what the weather and climate are doing and what it’s costing us.

Reporter: This tornado spotted near dix, nebraska.

Just part of a weather juggernaut today pounding the plains and midwest. In minnesota, 60-mile-an-hour winds flipped big rigs. And were powerful enough to destroy a trailer in south dakota, killing a woman inside.

In Boscobell, Wisconsin, eight inches of rain flooded half the town. Today, as fires continue ravaging the west, there’s not enough rain. Thousands of firefighters plus a fleet of aircraft are adding to the growing cost of weather disasters.

In 1980, $58 billion. By last year? Extreme weather and climate costs nearly doubled to $110 billion.

377 people were killed. Hurricane Sandy’s tab? 65 billion.

Drought and heat waves, another $30 billion. Fighting the black forest fire here in colorado has already cost more than $10 million. And that doesn’t even count the cost of more than 500 homes that burned to the ground.

Scientists say human-caused climate change is already helping shift the planet’s natural balance. Creating more heat waves, drought, and intense downpours. A stormy and expensive reality, that’s already on our doorsteps.

Hell and High Water is here.

16 Responses to ABC News: ‘Scientists Say Human-Caused Climate Change Is … Creating More Heat Waves, Droughts And Intense Downpours’

  1. prokaryotes says:

    This video is also on YT (not playing for me from the ABC website – not even on their website)

  2. DRT says:

    We hang like dogs around the main stream media table,
    waiting for crumbs of truth to fall off,
    so we can lap them up.

  3. prokaryotes says:

    Death Valley resident Mike Wood says he’s used to the heat. But when his running shoes begin to melt, he starts to pay attention.
    “The ground temperatures here can approach a hundred degrees so you’re talking about pretty much boiling the shoes … everything that kind of holds the shoe together kind of comes apart,” Wood said.
    Wood hit the pavement running despite temperatures that hit 127 degrees on Saturday — the hottest point on Earth for the day. The National Weather Service is predicting another high near 127 (53 degrees C) for Sunday as a record-setting heat wave bakes the Southwest into the work week.
    Already, the hot spell has set records in cities such as Phoenix (119 degrees) and Lancaster, California (111 degrees). Las Vegas tied its record high of 115 degrees Saturday.
    Civic and emergency officials throughout the Southwest say if there was ever a time to worry, this would be it. The reason isn’t just the oppressive heat that is plaguing the region: It’s the fact it is expected to hang around, and possibly even get worse, over the next few days.

  4. prokaryotes says:

    I did not checked but you need to be extra carefully when ozone levels are bad at the same time…

    Today levels are for the most part still moderate

    The 2003 heat wave in Europe has been so devastating because of high Ozone levels + the high temperature. The problem is that with Global Warming, ground level ozone becomes worse too.

  5. BobbyL says:

    I don’t think there is anything remarkable about these recent high maximum temperatures in the Americans southwest. We should be focusing instead on the overnight lows. Supposedly it is higher overnight lows that are responsible for the increased average temperatures in the US. The media of course is going to focus on the hottest temperature because of the associated human discomfort but the figureprint of global warming is more likely to be seen by charting data on overnight lows. Of course one would have to take the heat island effect into consideration for overnight lows, and also for the maximum temperatures as well.

  6. prokaryotes says:

    You need to look at the broader picture, which is a composite of lows/highs temps, energy consumption and things like the rate of temp change. And in the aftermath of extensive events the time temps change – swing.

    I guess there is a pattern emerging which is contributing to the assumption that weather tends to get more erratic.

  7. prokaryotes says:

    UK wildlife and nature hit hard by erratic weather
    A wet winter and cold, late spring have affected both flora and fauna – and gardens. How long will the summer last?

  8. BobbyL says:

    Here are a couple of opinions on found on this:

    “It is typical to have extreme temperatures this time of year,” said Anton Haffer, the National Weather Service’s chief meteorologist for Phoenix.
    Haffer said in a telephone interview that in 15 years of forecasting here, he doesn’t recall a summer when new record highs weren’t set. There’s a good reason why: Reliable records for U.S. weather data go back only to 1895. Many dots remain to be placed under the bell curve of this country’s temperatures.
    Another way to put the current heat wave into perspective:
    “While many daily record temperatures have been set, there have been relatively few monthly or all-time records noted in the Southwest,” said John Leslie, a public affairs officer for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which is the weather service’s parent organization.
    “While this region is unarguably in the midst of a significant heat wave, spells of very hot weather are not uncommon during the summer months,” Leslie told LiveScience.

  9. Rabid Doomsayer says:

    We are not going to get too worried until the air conditioning stops. Which could be this week.

  10. Juergen says:

    The IPCC predicted exactly that in their very first report in 1990. What has changed in our behavior since then? NOTHING!

  11. Merrelyn Emery says:

    Start a run on generators Rab, or better, learn how to keep your place cool without the dreaded air con, ME

  12. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    ‘Rab Burns’? I most certainly hope not!

  13. Nico says:

    When I went to visit friends in Phoenix, AZ last summer, I was hoping for it to cool down one night. But it was after 1am and the temperature STILL read 100º. It’s all the concrete and asphalt that they continue to lay down, as more people move there, that just hold the heat like a sponge. And the developers keep knocking down buildings to build more parking lots. Sigh.