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Excerpt: "Thanks to a new field of scientific study, we actually do know if an extreme weather event was made possible by climate change."

A home is surrounded by floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey, August 28, 2017, in Spring, Texas. (photo: David J. Phillip/AP)
A home is surrounded by floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey, August 28, 2017, in Spring, Texas. (photo: David J. Phillip/AP)


Climate Change Made Hurricane Harvey Wetter. Here's How We Know.

By Jesse Nichols and Eve Andrews, Grist

07 March 18

 

e all remember the chorus around this year’s disastrous hurricane season: “Don’t politicize this! We don’t know if it’s climate change!” Well, thanks to a new field of scientific study, we actually do know if an extreme weather event was made possible by climate change. Get to know … extreme weather attribution!

Watch our video above for more.


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+10 # Wise woman 2018-03-08 00:56
True! I read all about this on the weather wunderground. Mother Nature is finely tuned. Mess with her too much for too long and live with the consequences.
 
 
0 # economagic 2018-03-08 16:32
The video does not make the case very well. The audio is not that good, and the small amount of information goes by too fast to absorb. The Grist web site has only this same video.

But while even UNDERSTANDING the science in detail, much less performing it, is beyond the capabilities of most of us, the big picture is not: Force energy into any physical system and it will oscillate and eventually break. Do a web search on "Tacoma Narrows Bridge" for a particularly graphic example.

Heat is a form of energy, and the "greenhouse gases" that make up an increasing fraction of the atmosphere trap heat that would otherwise be radiated into space. That principle was understood more than 150 years ago,, and how to measure it nearly 130 years ago.

Warmer air can hold more moisture, and water can hold a lot more heat than air, the reason 95 percent humidity feels a lot worse in warm weather than in cool weather and also the reason that high humidity feels worse than low humidity at any temperature.

Storms are a specific condition of the atmosphere (air + water)), and as the atmosphere warms it also gets wetter, increasing the quantity of water in any given rain event.

While climate science is arguably far more complicated than rocket science, the principles of both are silly simple. Blow up a balloon and let it go: That is the foundation of rocket science. The above is all the climate science you need to understand the connection between "warmer" and "wetter."
 

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