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August 1, 2008

Climate Change Cartoon Contest

Filed under: Additional Information, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — John Banta @ 3:45 pm

The Union of Concerned Scientists has posted the twelve finalist editorial cartoons for you to laugh (or cry) and vote for your favorite at:  http://ucsaction.org/campaign/science_idol_2008_vote/8k8wgun2

The rules for the contenst are posted at: Science Idol: the Scientific Integrity Editorial Cartoon Contest.

January 8, 2008

Tornadoes in January

Filed under: Rising Temperatures — Tags: , , , — John Banta @ 4:19 am

Unseasonably warm weather has resulted in rare January tornadoes in Missouri, Wisconsin, Arkansas, Illinois and Oklahoma. More warm weather in the midwest and tornadoes are expected to continue for another day.

 Temperature records for January were set in Buffalo, Toledo, Atlantic City New Jersey and Chicago.

http://www6.comcast.net/news/articles/general/2008/01/08/Severe.Weather/

December 21, 2007

Increasing Incidence of Ice Storms

Filed under: Freezing/Melting — Tags: , , , — John Banta @ 6:35 pm

Extreme Weather Hits Home, Protecting Your Buildings From Climate Change  This may seem counter-intuitive, but the increasing incidence of ice storms is being connected with climate change. The December 9th and 10th ice storms in Oklahoma and surrounding states has set records for causing power outages. Oklahoma Gas and Electric has indicated that over half of their customers lost power due to the storms for the first time ever.

So how can an ice storm be associated with global warming? Warmer temperatures mean the upper atmosphere can hold more moisture. When this moisture condenses it begins to fall as rain. If surface conditions are below freezing, the rain drops freeze and become ice. When upper atmosphere temperatures are cold the water falls as snow not rain. Snow is less damaging since it weighs about 1/10th as much as ice. So global warming is resulting in more ice storms because the snow doesn’t form.

December 15, 2007

Wisconsin Climate Change

Filed under: Wisconsin — Tags: , — John Banta @ 8:12 pm

The Union of Concerned Scientists has posted climate change information for the state of Wisconsin at: http://www.ucsusa.org/greatlakes/glregionwis_cli.html

Ohio Climate Change

Filed under: Ohio — Tags: , — John Banta @ 8:12 pm

The Union of Concerned Scientists has posted climate change information for the state of Ohio at: http://www.ucsusa.org/greatlakes/glregionohi_cli.html

Minnesota

Filed under: Minnesota — Tags: , — John Banta @ 8:11 pm

The Union of Concerned Scientists has posted climate change information for the state of Minnesota at: http://www.ucsusa.org/greatlakes/glregionmin_cli.html

Michigan Climate Change

Filed under: Michigan — Tags: , — John Banta @ 8:10 pm

The Union of Concerned Scientists has posted climate change information for the state of Michigan at: http://www.ucsusa.org/greatlakes/glregionmic_cli.html

Indiana Climate Change

Filed under: Indiana — Tags: , — John Banta @ 8:09 pm

The Union of Concerned Scientists has posted climate change information for the state of Indiana at: http://www.ucsusa.org/greatlakes/glregionind_cli.html

Illinois Climate Change

Filed under: Illinois — Tags: , — John Banta @ 8:09 pm

The Union of Concerned Scientists has posted climate change information for the state of Illinois at: http://www.ucsusa.org/greatlakes/glregionill_cli.html

Based on these projections, problems with expansive clay soil and trapped moisture are likely to increase.

Vermont Climate Change

Filed under: Vermont — Tags: , — John Banta @ 7:37 pm

The Union of Concerned Scientists has posted climate change information for the state of Vermont at: http://www.climatechoices.org/assets/documents/climatechoices/vermont_necia.pdf

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