Like really hot weather? You’re in luck because climate change will bring more of it

If you like weird weather — floods, heat waves, droughts, record snow storms — you’re in luck: There will be more of it. Federal scientists have released a report on the likely effects of climate change, and they predict more of what we’ve seen lately around the country — extreme weather conditions, including earlier, and more frequent, heat waves.

A couple of weeks ago, one of Georgia’s more eccentric legislators, U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, stood up on the floor of the House to denounce the Obama administration for one more way it is allegedly trying to kill old people: hyperthermia (extreme heat). He denounced proposed energy legislation for a supposed tax that will make it impossible for the elderly to pay their electric bills, and they “depend on air conditioning to live,” he said. (Watch the video below.)

It’s interesting that Broun and other Republicans don’t see the very same threat from climate change, which the energy bill intends to ameliorate.

Earlier this month, the Obama administration released a report on the long range effects of climate change. The Guardian featured a wrap up of predictions by region:

What lies ahead by region

North-east

The winter snow season could be cut in half in southern New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine — maybe as short as a week or two, under the higher emissions scenario. This would destroy winter traditions like skiing and skating and outdoor ponds. Native cranberries and blueberries would disappear; dairy herds, the biggest agricultural industry, would decline under the higher emissions scenario.

South-east

Summer temperatures in Florida could rise by 4.1C (10.5F), with the heat effect multipled by decreased rainfall under the higher emissions scenario. There would be increased hurricane intensity and rising sea levels leads to loss of wetlands and coastal areas. It would lead to a severe decline in quality of life.

Mid-west

Frequent, severe and longer lasting heatwaves in cities – as many as three a year in Chicago under the higher emissions scenario.

Water levels in the Great Lakes could fall by up to two feet by the end of the century under the higher emissions scenario.

South-west

Continued strong warming will threaten flow of Colorado river.

Alaska

Has been warming at twice the rate of the rest of the US over last 50 years.

Temperatures could rise up to a further 5.4C (13F) under the higher emissions scenario. The region should be prepared for drought and increased risk of wildfire.

North-west

Declining snowpack is already threatening agriculture. Many salmon species are already threatened

But the weather won’t just be hotter. Record snow falls like the one that Washington, DC experienced last winter are very much part of the predictable pattern from climate change, according to climatologists:

But this season’s precipitation levels, combined with atypical temperature fluctuations, reflect what climate experts say will be some of the side effects of global warming. A study released last December by the group Environment Illinois suggests global warming will result in more extreme rain and snowfall as warmer temperatures speed up evaporation and allow clouds to hold more precipitation.

Conservatives like Broun are fond of railing against the federal debt, citing concerns that their grandchildren will be overburdened by taxes. Strange that they don’t worry about their grandchildren suffering through severe droughts, floods and hurricanes as a result of global warming.

186 comments Add your comment

Granny Godzilla

June 21st, 2010
7:48 am

Clmate change deniers may be the death of us yet.

Silly flat earthers.

Cynthia's lost it

June 21st, 2010
7:55 am

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Friday you demonstrated your lack of intelligence by not knowing what “illegal” means, and now more climate change bologna. I found this site for you, Cynthia. You may want to check it out.

Farmer Bob

June 21st, 2010
8:01 am

Today’s record high is 98, set in 1933.

Cynthia is Sexy!!

June 21st, 2010
8:01 am

Weather moves in cycles like everything else. Climate change is a Farce.

Scout

June 21st, 2010
8:10 am

Good ! I won’t have to move to Florida because the winters will be some much milder !

Looks like I hit it just right.

Scout

June 21st, 2010
8:11 am

Excuse me ………. “so much milder”.

Cynthia Tucker is a Moron

June 21st, 2010
8:13 am

Make up your mind, is it global warming or global cooling?

Seems like you wacko’s keep changing it back and forth. Now you claim “climate CHANGE” to cover both your bets.

It amazes me you can get up in the morning and dress yourselves.

Pluto

June 21st, 2010
8:15 am

As a proud climate change denier, I am mystified by the on-going drum beat that “we” can do anything to moderate climate change. Okay I said it; climate is changing. It always has and always will. Now is this phenomenon a political issue that demands legislation and accompanying dose of taxation? I don’t think so. Physicists theorize that our sun is expanding like the universe and intensifying in heat. I tend to agree them so get used to the heat but rejoice because winter’s only six months away. I bet it’s gonna be cold.

Drawing Black Lines

June 21st, 2010
8:22 am

This is by far the funniest article I’ve read recently. Really brings a good chuckle, first thing monday morning.

Interesting premise: “weird weather” and “extreme weather conditions” are explained by scientists as part of global warming/climate change as a result of pollution. Really? So, before pollutants entered the atmosphere, weather has always been mild, stable and predictable?

The kooks are attempting hard to stretch credulity. Seriously, thanks for the monday morning humor! Have a great day

PearlJam

June 21st, 2010
8:28 am

I’m still waiting on the new ICE AGE these same scientists said was comeing when I was in school.

Yes indeed, it was a funny read.

ctucker

June 21st, 2010
8:29 am

Drawing Black Lines, Where do you draw the line on rejecting science? You take pencillin, right? You’d have laser brain surgery if you needed it?

PearlJam

June 21st, 2010
8:34 am

Where do you draw the line on rejecting science?
Very good question.
I like when science is proven without political agenda, like medicine and stuff has to be verified before it can be put on the market, but they have got that wrong in the past, saying stuff was safe when it turned out wrong.
But very good question to think about

master Sergeant

June 21st, 2010
8:35 am

we could only have laser surgery if our government controlled insurance approved it LMAO !!!

Drawing Black Lines

June 21st, 2010
8:36 am

Cynthia, I don’t reject science at all. Quite the opposite. True science talks about climate change in terms of cyclical patterns that can be seen in both micro and macro levels.

I sarcastically referred to the “scientists” you mentioned because this is pseudo science and you know it. If you want to talk real science we can do that. Nice ad hominem argument by the way: attack me as being uneducated because I don’t ascribe to the narrow view of select scientists that you wish to study. Thats not education, its brainwashing.

godless heathen

June 21st, 2010
8:36 am

The report is full of “coulds”. The predictions “could” all be wrong. Not worth wrecking the economy over, IMHO.

master Sergeant

June 21st, 2010
8:37 am

I could not read all of this article, once I got to the words “Federal Scientist” I knew this was a fabricated report on climate and was smart enough not to read anymore of these lies. :)

Stan

June 21st, 2010
8:44 am

Pulitzer Prize?? I would spend some time thinking and meditating “What can I do with the gifts that God has given me, how can I really help and support my fellow men and women?

Hogwash !

June 21st, 2010
8:45 am

Global warming is hogwash ! The climate change was more radical when the earth was in its early stages of development than what we are having today. The climate is going through it natural cycle of life. Enough of this nonsense already.

Aquagirl

June 21st, 2010
8:49 am

Cue wingnut talking points in 3..2…oh, they’ve already started.

Kamchak

June 21st, 2010
8:51 am

I knew this was a fabricated report on climate and was smart enough not to read anymore of these lies.

Famous last words:

Noah’s neighbors: Hmm…looks like rain.

Call it like it is.

June 21st, 2010
8:54 am

Lets see where do I begin……….so many holes in this article and so little time……Ah never mind not worth it.

NRB2

June 21st, 2010
8:58 am

Wow. So dems want to control EVERYTHING…even the weather!

Incredible.

Cynthia is Sexy!!

June 21st, 2010
8:59 am

With people like The Goron, the EuroTrash and UN Criminals crying Wolf all the time its no wonder this “climate change” theory has turned into nothing but a sideshow featuring fabricated reports, fraudulent science, backroom deals and just strait out lies.

Scout

June 21st, 2010
9:02 am

Kamchak:

What a pleasant surprise! I didn’t realize you believed all that about Noah and the flood. Then I assume you must also believe the part about the “new heaven and the new earth” !

One day we won’t have to worry about any of this. Welcome aboard ………………… :o

Aquagirl

June 21st, 2010
9:03 am

The same people who deny climate change seem comfortable with “government-engineer” designed roads and bridges. They drive on them without a second thought.

Scout

June 21st, 2010
9:05 am

Waterwater:

Road and bridges are something they can control. Climate they can’t.

Scout

June 21st, 2010
9:05 am

Excuse me …….. “Waterwoman”

ctucker

June 21st, 2010
9:06 am

STan, Is that the way you spend your time?

ctucker

June 21st, 2010
9:07 am

Drawing Black Lines, You get to decide what “true science” is?

Sam (The Cool 1 )

June 21st, 2010
9:07 am

The Cisco Kid and Poncho rode horses and chased bad guys in the desert. It was plenty hot. They did OK. Ah, for the days of yesteryear.

Scout

June 21st, 2010
9:07 am

Cynthia:

You are getting a lot of posts this morning but don’t get the “big head”. Jay is either late or out of pocket this morning …………. just sayin.

Scout

June 21st, 2010
9:08 am

Sam (The Cool 1 ) :

What were their horses names ?

Reality Check

June 21st, 2010
9:08 am

CT, it’s called WEATHER!!!

John

June 21st, 2010
9:08 am

Cynthia, where did you get hypothermia from? The Rep mentioned hyperthermia.

jt

June 21st, 2010
9:10 am

“Federal scientists have released a report on the likely effects of climate change,”

nuff said.

sylvia snyder

June 21st, 2010
9:11 am

Everyone ignores the fact that the only reason we have illegals here is cheap labor for employers. It’s not that workers here won’t do the work, it’s because they don’t get a living wage. You can only live on those wages with government subsidy. We all pay for the illegals health & education so the employer wins.

commoncents

June 21st, 2010
9:12 am

CT: you have your hypos and hypers confused.

LeeH1

June 21st, 2010
9:12 am

Believer. Denier. It doesn’t matter. Either human induced climate change is real or it is not. It doesn’t matter what people think. Science doesn’t care what you think.

Meanwhile, those who prepare for change will live. Those who do not adapt to change will die off. This, too, is science, even if you believe in Intelligent Creation.

Sam (The Cool 1 )

June 21st, 2010
9:13 am

Scout.. Diablo and Loco.

Keep up the good fight!

June 21st, 2010
9:14 am

There is no such thing as snow in Georgia….look at today’s weather….in the 90s.

So much talking point rw ignorance, so many wingnuts…..climate change is proven but the pseudo-scientists who fall for the tactics of the Dick Armey. They look out the window and say “no everything is fine”……ignoring the polar ice caps and the proof of the change in ocean currents. But then again, this is the drill baby drill crowd who assures us “there will be no spill”. These are the same people who would stand on the beach and claim that because the water was lower than they ever saw it, there could be no tsunami coming.

These so-called concerned citizens, tea baggins and wingnuts claim to care about the “financial burden” going to be left to their children, but they truly dont care about the environment they leave behind for their grandchildren.

Scout

June 21st, 2010
9:14 am

Sam (The Cool 1 ) :

That’s it ! I knew I would learn something on Cynthia’s site today. Thanks !!!

Stan

June 21st, 2010
9:15 am

The answer is yes- to those who have been given much, much is expected. If you can see it and taste it from machinery and industry it is most likely bad and should be smartly reduced- end of story. You have an a pen and an audience- much has been given to you. Read the blogs and ask yourself, “Am I maximizing my skill set?”

master Sergeant

June 21st, 2010
9:16 am

if the Liberals did not talk so much, it would not be so hot outside LMAO !!!

Sam (The Cool 1 )

June 21st, 2010
9:17 am

Scout… I’m here to serve. Just like Cisco and Poncho!

Aquagirl

June 21st, 2010
9:19 am

@ scout—no, “government engineers” don’t control bridges and roads. If so, we’d never have to re-pave anything.

They make a prediction based on scientific principles (like physics and chemistry) when they design and build a bridge. The outcome is based on the accuracy of their predictions. Every time you drive through spaghetti junction you’re relying on their expertise.

commoncents

June 21st, 2010
9:19 am

I wish we could all be alive for the next ice age. I wonder what you all would blame that on then? Being too green and not polluting enough?

martin

June 21st, 2010
9:20 am

So, the only conclusion is to stop “climate change” is to pass extremely high taxes on anything that emits CO2, tax carbon based energy sources, have the gov’t tell you what type of appliances you can own, type of car to drive, what you can do to remodel your home, and let the gov’t set up standards that we have to follow. I remember 10 years ago they used to blame “weird” weather cycles on el nino.

T-Town

June 21st, 2010
9:22 am

We all complain about the weather, but there is little we can do to change it. One major volcanic eruption and all of our efforts, no matter how noble, are completely useless. One major earth movement, one miss-placed asteroid can destroy a city/country and may have a major effect on the climate. Whether an act of some supreme being, or just one of those freak acts in nature, ca ca happens. If you don’t believe this just remember we’ve already had at least one ice age and humans weren’t even around.

ctucker

June 21st, 2010
9:24 am

master Sergeant, Were you aware that federal (government) scientists were instrumental in the development of the Internet?

Williebkind

June 21st, 2010
9:24 am

“Drawing Black Lines, You get to decide what “true science” is?”

You know true science is leaving out data that would change the experiment or encourage some to leave out certain data to insure a desired conclusion. Now that is True science–by liberals.