July 14, 2008

On June 19, 2008, the US Climate Change Science Program released a new report, Weather and Climate Extremes in a Changing Climate, on past and expected changes in weather and climate extremes in North America and U.S. territories. The report projects that more extreme weather events — droughts, heavy downpours, excessive heat, and intense hurricanes — are likely to become more frequent as global warming takes its course. This analysis is the first of its kind, as there has been no comprehensive analysis specifically on how global warming will affect weather and climate in North America. The report can be viewed for free on the US Climate Change Science Program’s website.