Weather on Steroids

When weather disasters happen, is climate change to blame?

A tornado bears down on the Texas Panhandle.
Not all kinds of extreme weather have the same relationship with our atmosphere's increasing burden of greenhouse gas. Here's a summary of what scientists already know and what they're working to nail down.
Dan Satterfield, broadcast meteorologist
How one weathercaster puts the weather report into a climate context.
Stack of 100 dollar bills
There's insurance, and then there's reinsurance - and both are affected by weather and climate. So how are insurers planning for a future where the impact of weather catastrophes meets climate change?
UCAR News Center
When weather disasters happen, is climate change to blame? The stories, video, and interactives in "Weather on Steroids" explore that question from a number of angles. It turns out that blaming climate change for wild weather's not that simple. Here’s why.
Three ways of dusting for climate fingerprints.
After years of painstaking research, scientists are now developing tools to make faster connections between disastrous weather and climate science.
Still from steroids-baseball-climate animation
NCAR scientist Jerry Meehl explains the connection in this animated video.
Even as global warming coverage declines, some journalists are connecting the dots to extreme events.
Composite of drought-stricken land and water
Two climate-related indexes are helping paint a picture of the combined effects of heavy precipitation and drought.


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