28 Aug '11, 7pm

As the earth warms, what we call extreme weather could now be considered 'normal.' #irene

As the earth warms, what we call extreme weather could now be considered 'normal.' #irene

Bigger blizzards, hotter heat waves, drier droughts. The first half of 2011 saw more billion-dollar weather disasters than in any other year in U.S. history, according to the National Climatic Data Center. Now Hurricane Irene is expected to be a billion-dollar storm as it lashes the East Coast. What's going on here? As the earth warms, what we generally call extreme weather could now be considered "normal," thanks to changing weather patterns, higher sea levels, and the atmosphere's ability to hold more water vapor. The result: more weather extremes costing more money and causing more misery. Hurricane Irene is just the latest natural disaster whose potential for destruction is worse because of climate change .

Full article: http://www.onearth.org/extremeweather

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