Jet stream forces strong enough to push a plane to 801mph

The jet stream coming down from the north this winter split into three powerful wind flows that have caused extreme weather in the US including record-breaking temperatures and fast-moving storms. But the jet stream has other smaller but significant effects. Standing alone, a plane being pushed to the highest speed for commercial aviation doesn't mean … Continue reading Jet stream forces strong enough to push a plane to 801mph

Are you just beginning your career? Be rational in where you decide to live

Many people simply fall into where they live after they finish college or getting the certification they need for a career. They stay where they were educated or they move to live near family or they pick an exotic location without research. These days I always make a pitch for being more rational. Climate change … Continue reading Are you just beginning your career? Be rational in where you decide to live

How will climate change transform your city? This map will show you

https://www.wired.com/story/this-scary-map-shows-how-climate-change-will-transform-your-city/ MATT SIMON SCIENCE 02.12.19 11:00 AM THIS SCARY MAP SHOWS HOW CLIMATE CHANGE WILL TRANSFORM YOUR CITY MICHAEL LEE/GETTY IMAGES THE CENTRAL CONTRADICTION¬†of climate change is that it is at once the most epic problem that our species has ever faced yet it is largely invisible to the average human. From the comfort of … Continue reading How will climate change transform your city? This map will show you

Humans aren’t the only life that needs fresh water — rice food crops at risk from salinization of ground water

Yet another food problem -- rice is a major source of nutrition for half the world but the conditions in its primary growing areas are deteriorating. Now the heat and drought are allowing salt to come into the water sources for rice crops. Not a small problem nor will it be easy to solve. https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2019/02/saltwater-invades-rice-fields-damages-crops/?fbclid=IwAR2Li_Jp_S93HfarCoM2WFEKTqshzocqhpHxxyY61YrWu5Gy-QU7mB_n_AU

Amtrak’s northeastern corridor and coastal stations already vulnerable to climate change flooding (neat graphics)

This graphics presentation was a big surprise to me. Yes, Amtrak stations in the northeast were built when close access to the waterfront was a good thing, but I didn't realize how vulnerable they are to already existing flooding. If you like graphics and maps that clearly demonstrate how rising ocean levels, stronger waves, extreme … Continue reading Amtrak’s northeastern corridor and coastal stations already vulnerable to climate change flooding (neat graphics)

Polar vortex-triggered cold as an extreme weather event

Two brief discussions -- one from NPR's News Hour on TV, the other from investigative master Mother Jones -- of the current record-breaking cold produced by a change in the polar vortex patterns are exactly the type of extreme weather events we can expect to continue as our climate warms and changes. https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/why-the-midwests-deep-freeze-may-be-a-consequence-of-climate-change https://www.motherjones.com/environment/2019/01/if-you-thought-the-polar-vortex-was-bad-whats-happening-now-is-genuinely-shocking/ If … Continue reading Polar vortex-triggered cold as an extreme weather event

Climate change includes more extreme events as well as global warming

Those who prefer simple explanations find it difficult to reconcile extreme weather events with climate change. Unfortunately, warming over an extended period in one area can intensify the winds, currents, or other conditions in a nearby region. The extreme cold we've just seen from the diversion and splitting of the normal seasonal polar vortex pattern … Continue reading Climate change includes more extreme events as well as global warming