PMEL in the News
Human Emissions Made Ocean Heat Wave 53 Times More Likely
The consequences for Alaska were stark: dozens of whales died, as did thousands of common murres and tufted puffins, while sealife native to the tropics came up in nets pulled from sub-Arctic seas. Nick Bond is quoted.
US cold snap was a freak of nature, quick analysis finds
Consider this cold comfort: A quick study of the brutal American cold snap found that the Arctic blast really wasn't global warming but a freak of nature. Frigid weather like the two-week cold spell that began around Christmas is 15 times rarer than it was a century ago, according to a team of international scientists who does real-time analyses to see if extreme weather events are natural or more likely to happen because of climate change. Jim Overland is quoted.
La Nina peaks; NW snowpack on the line
A weak to moderate La Nina in the tropical Pacific has probably peaked, though it may have enough punch left to swell Northwest snowpacks, climatologists reported Thursday. Nick Bond is quoted.
Weather 'bombs' and the link between severe winters and climate change
What’s with all the weapons analogies for the storm dumping snow on the East Coast today? The bomb references may seem to have popped up out of nowhere this week, but the word has actually been used to describe powerful, rapidly intensifying winter storms for decades.
EXTREME WEATHER: Storm 'bomb' is tinder for both sides in climate fight
Record-cold temperatures, possible hurricane-force winds, and a dramatic name — the "bomb cyclone" is being used by some climate skeptics to question scientists who've become more bold about linking extreme weather to warming temperatures.