The Climate Crisis Is Now Detectable in Daily Weather
The climate changes we humans have inflicted on the planet are now so deeply embedded, they are showing up in our daily weather.
Researchers from Switzerland and Norway now claim to have detected the “fingerprint” of climate change in every single day of weather in the global record since 2012.
The distinction between climate and weather is one that scientists have been hammering on about for years. And while the two are closely intertwined, they are generally considered distinct, with weather referring to short-term conditions and climate referring to longer trends.
Examining yearly data, the authors noticed the stamp of climate change on global weather went back to 1999. And from 2012, it could be seen every single day. And the signal of climate change is now so big it’s greater than global daily weather variability.
In recent years, scientists have detected stronger links between global warming and changing weather patterns, and while it’s difficult to blame any one storm on climate change, the overall pattern for heat waves, droughts and storms is clear.