Residents look on as a back fire set by firefighters consumes the hillside behind their homes as a wildfire burns on May 2, 2013 in Newbury Park, Calif. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Fires, Floods, and Heavy Snow: an Extreme May Weather Situation

Dr. Jeff Masters / via Wunderground – A highly unusual jet stream pattern is bringing a bizarre combination of heavy May snows, flooding, extreme fire danger, and well below average severe thunderstorm activity to the U.S. A strong “blocking” high pressure system has set up over Greenland, blocking the normal west-to-east progression of weather systems. A truly unusual situation has developed…

NASA: Warming-Driven Changes in Global Rainfall

By Kathryn Hansen NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. A NASA-led modeling study provides new evidence that global warming may increase the risk for extreme rainfall and drought. Model simulations spanning 140 years show that warming from carbon dioxide will change the frequency that regions around the planet receive no rain (brown), moderate rain (tan), and very heavy…

Stefan Rahmstorf: Impacts of Climate Change

In this Climate Change lecture Prof. Stefan Rahmstorf deals with the impacts (with a focus on extreme events and Sea-Level Rise) and the possibilities for holding Global Warming below 2°C. Watch part one “The Basics of Global Warming” Part three “Interview” These lectures form part of a broader lecture course called World in Transition. It…