Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Our weather is so odd

BY LARRY WHEELER AND TONY LANG

"In 2007, nearly 42 percent of the contiguous U.S. experienced extreme weather events, the second highest for the index, which incorporates records dating back to 1910."

Rare winter tornadoes in the Midwest.
Powerful Pacific storms with hurricane force winds.
More than 1,000 daily high-temperature records.
And that’s just in the first month of 2008.
Is January the new March?
Some government researchers say weather extremes are becoming more extreme.“We’re seeing an increasing trend in the frequency of extremes,” says Karin Gleason, a meteorologist who compiles the U.S. Climate Extremes Index maintained by the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C.

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