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Visualizing Climate Data

Visualizing Climate Data

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Wednesday, January 30, 2019/Categories: natural history, video, space science, sustainability, art and design, environment, adventure , climate change

                        Arctic Temperatures Plunge Graphic, January 27 to Jan. 30, 2019 (credit: NASA)

NOAA and NASA have utilized film and other graphic methods to illustrate climate data and weather events before Two examples relate to the Polar Vortex now gripping much of North America.

NASA utilized animation to show the plunge in Arctic temperatures over the past seven days. One of the Agency's environmental reseachers nimated satellite data to show the Arctic temperature plunge deep into the United States and Canada. The data animation can be viewed here. Weather forecasts predict temperatures in the Alaskan Arctic will be higher than in the Mid-west this week.

Likewise, NOAA has applied a cartoonist's eye to clearly illustrate how severe storms events do not disprove that climate change is not also affecting storms during the coldest season. The Agency's cartoon shows the relationship between cold weather and the actual science underlying an extreme winter storm event. NOAA says that attribution science is still an evolving discipline. However, actual measurements from the warming oceans and atmosphere, allowing the atmosphere to carry more water, is most likely leading to more extreme rain and snowfall events both locally and globally.

                Climate Attributions of Warmer Oceans & Severe Weather Events (credit: NOAA) 

Visuals are useful to illustrate data is useful but avoiding the consequences of extreme weather is more important.



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