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Questions tagged [extreme-weather]

A weather event that's significantly outside the norm for its time and place

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Just how dry could Ben Nevis get? Is this surprising?

The BBC article Soggy Ben Nevis can be remarkably dry describes results of a crowdscience effort to transcribe historical meteorological records recorded manually by researchers living on top of "Ben ...
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Did low $\small\sf{CO_2}$ levels affected Permo-Triassic mass extinction?

After answering this question: How did plants adapt to $\small\sf{CO_2}$ levels past 400k years? Why won't they do it again? I know Permo-Triassic mass extinction is associated to a catastrophic ...
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What would be a reasonable set of thresholds for flood severity classes?

When working with extreme hydro-meteorological events, flood in particular, it is common procedure to classify each event by its return period/recurrence interval. This probabilistic measure has the ...
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Method to determine Tmax 95th percentile in a climate data

I am analyzing the effect of extreme weather on milk production (Panel data). I am looking at direct effects and indirect effects of weather on animal (milk production). Regarding extreme weather, I ...
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Is there consensus amongst climatologists that cold weather extremes are caused by global warming or human influence?

Is there consensus amongst climatologists that cold weather extremes are caused by global warming or human influence? I hear the claim a lot that the recent cold weather extremes (such as the polar ...
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What happens if it rains above the boiling point of water?

The freezing point of water is 32°F. If it rains at a temperature lower than that, it will snow. However, let's say we dig a deep hole not filled with water that goes like 10,000 feet below sea level. ...
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What was the highest temperature ever recorded on the surface of Earth?

The article entitled "54 Celsius degrees in Iran, the highest temperature ever recorded?" says 56,6 Celsius may be the highest temperature ever recorded, in Death Valley, California, and it also ...
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Does snow melt on ice?

I looked up nearly everywhere on the internet, but couldn't find any evidence that snow wouldn't melt because of ice. When I look it up, it instead tells me how salt can melt snow. I'm NOT looking up ...
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What is the northernmost/southernmost city that receives no snow?

What is the northernmost or southernmost city on Earth which receives no snow? The exact definitions are: City means any settlement with more than 1000 people permanently residing there "No snow" ...
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Under which conditions is this a realistic representation of a storm?

Yesterday Katie Mack (an astrophysicist) tweeted this parallel between a dust storm on Mars and a storm shown in the movie "Mad Max Fury Road" (she says "Can’t help imagining that this is what that ...
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Why don't forest fires in Western Australia get as much attention as forest fires in the southeast of the country (including SA)? [closed]

WA gets plenty hot and dry in the summer (especially Exmouth and points south where Top End moisture isn't as prevalent), but I don't hear so much about catastrophic forest fires hitting WA, like I do ...
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Have there ever been significant events of ecological or geological disasters occurring simultaneously alongside extreme meterological disasters?

e.g. A major earthquake hitting an area over which a large tropical cyclone is passing by (Haiti, Mexico (either coast), Taiwan/Japan/Philippines) Major tornado outbreak hitting an area inundated by ...
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Relationship between natural disaster and global warming, in the media

Sorry in advance if this is too broad a question. Feel free to let me know if it is off-topic. I don't know more than the next person around about climate change, but I am really not a climato-...
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Average life span of a hurricane

Wondering if there's data of what could be the average life span of an hurricane considering global warming as factor.
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Why would Google's map of areas affected by Hurricane Harvey have advisories for the west coast and other far away areas?

What behavior of this hurricane would lead to advisories for the west coast and even parts of Canada and Alaska, when the hurricane is in the South? I have little experience in meteorology or any of ...
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Are there sources that offer derivative climate change data?

Meteorologists often say that it’s difficult to attribute any individual weather event to climate change, but I’m wondering, do meteorologists or weather services study or publish derivative climate ...
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Should I worry about copper pipe outside attracting lightning strikes?

I used some copper pipe outside to string some decorative lights up higher in my yard. I used the copper because I thought it would be pretty and patina nice. Then I remembered that copper is a good ...
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Extreme rainfall events

Extreme rainfall events have different intensities at different places depending on the availability of water to precipitate. Can anyone explain how do we define/determine extreme rainfall events in a ...
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What does global weirding mean regarding temperature extremes?

Global weirding is a term used to describe how, with global warming, we will see more extreme weather events: Avoid the term “global warming.” I prefer the term “global weirding,” because that is ...