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Weather Blog: Climate Changing?

by Gene Norman / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on January 30, 2012 at 5:52 PM

If you're a regular reader of this blog, you know that I'm trying to include more information about findings regarding changes to our climate.  Some studies point to increases in global temperature which may be a trend that could continue and some researchers even link these changes to measured increases in the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide.  Recently, Eric Berger of the Houston Chronicle asked myself and the other TV meteorologists in Houston about an internet-based effort to see more reporting on climate change in TV weather reports.  Here's a link to that blog: www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Activists-want-climate-change-on-TV-weather-2760000.php.  Basically, I seek the science, which can be difficult to differentiate from a presumed political agenda.

This article caught my eye today, and it is proof of the kind of confusion that I see in the scientific community: www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2093264/Forget-global-warming--Cycle-25-need-worry-NASA-scientists-right-Thames-freezing-again.html.  Basically, this article says that the warming trend that was identified in the late 1990s has diminished somewhat over the last ten years.  Prominent researchers who are more in line with climate change dispute the findings and see them as a temporary drop in what they insist will be an inevitable warming trend. 

As a daily weather forecaster for a local area, I have noticed an overall warming trend in recent years, but there have been noticeable exceptions.  They stand out in the mind of the general public, even if a trend can be identified and defined.  That's just one of the challenges of this topic - perception may trump reality.

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