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The real doping scandal: Weather on steroids

Posted on 10 February 2012 by Tom Smerling

Is the increase in extreme weather due to climate change?    This animated cartoon from the National Center from Atmospheric Research (NCAR) provides perhaps the clearest — and certainly the most entertaining — answer yet. 

For more on the latest science exploring the links between extreme weather and climate change, check out NCAR's Doping the Atmosphere, and Extreme Weather Forensics; and SkS's Extreme Events Increase With Global Warming.

For a “bite sized” version of the steroids metaphor, check out “Putting the atmosphere on steroids” at Climate Bites, which also has a good post by John Russell about critics of The Escalator missing the point of the graphic.

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  1. I like this. Pretty good actually.
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  2. Yes, good analogy and a funny video. Nicely done.
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  3. Would be better if the analogy was cricket, although the video would be a couple of days long :)
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  4. Good point, Paul D, and we'd also have to pause frequently to observe the behaviour of passing seagulls.

    Cracking vid! Nice animations, nice level of humour, nice length.

    (Jerry Meehl's voice reminds me of Noam Chomsky!)
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  5. I think videos like these are an extremely worthwhile effort. They're simple, short, easy to understand. More climate scientists should endeavor to do these.
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  6. Damn, why didn't -I- think of that analogy? Better than my measly stock market analogy.
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