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Capital Weather Gang Archive: Freedman

Should global warming send us to the bunker?

Last Sunday, the Washington Post ran a provocative essay on the front page of the "Outlook" section by climate activist Mike Tidwell, executive director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network. In it, Tidwell reveals the lengths to which he is going to prepare himself and his family for what he sees as the now inevitable consequences of climate change. For example, he is stockpiling food, testing guns, and invested in an emergency generator - all in an effort to stave off social unrest that he sees coming down the pike due to climate change-related extreme weather events. The essay is surprising - and completely wrong - in two main respects.

By Andrew Freedman  | March 7, 2011; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (64)
Categories:  Climate Change, Freedman, Latest, Science  
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Global warming, extreme events and weird weather

One of the areas where the science is advancing, and the uncertainties remain large, fascinates me more than the rest: the relationship between long-term climate change and extreme weather events, such as heavy rainfall and snowstorms, hurricanes and tornadoes.

By Andrew Freedman  | February 23, 2011; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
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A new view of weather and climate

I recently toured a unique art show in Seattle, which opened during the annual meeting of the American Meteorological Society (AMS). The show, presented by the AMS and EcoArts Connections, offers new ways to engage with weather and climate information. It features not only your typical depictions of weather, such as cloud photographs, but also extremely imaginative representations of weather and climate phenomena, including a homemade and functional weather station comprised of blown glass and mixed media.

By Andrew Freedman  | February 18, 2011; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Climate Change, Freedman, Latest, News & Notes  
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The winter the Arctic shifted south

Between the Chicago blizzard, and the parade of east coast snowstorms that have dropped so much snow on the northeast that local news coverage in southern New England of late has been dominated by reports of roof collapses, this is certainly shaping up to be a winter to remember. Yet for a key region of the globe, it's actually proving to be a remarkably warm winter so far, which, believe it or not, may help explain why it's been so cold and snowy in the U.S

By Andrew Freedman  | February 7, 2011; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Cooling off the heated climate change rhetoric

The Trenberth dustup is only the latest skirmish in an increasingly heated climate of confrontation between mainstream climate scientists and climate skeptics. Ever since the so-called "climategate" emails in 2009, the intensity of the climate debate has reached new levels, with climate scientists receiving not only insulting emails, but even threats of bodily harm, with some threats referred to the FBI.

By Andrew Freedman  | February 2, 2011; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (114)
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At weather expo, top snow expert shares views

At the American Meteorological Society annual meeting in Seattle, the crowd of top weather and climate scientists has been buzzing about the potential East Coast storm event. Today I caught up with one of the foremost experts on winter weather forecasting, Dr. Louis Uccellini, to get his take on the situation. In addition to getting his thoughts on the forecast, I also asked him why the computer models have struggled to agree on projections for several winter storms so far this season, especially compared to last winter.

By Andrew Freedman  | January 25, 2011; 7:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
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Snowstorm blasts New York, buries Boston, Andrew Freedman , January 12, 2011
Record warmth in 2010, despite cooling influences, Andrew Freedman , January 4, 2011
Blizzard blasts coastal cities from Va. to Mass., Andrew Freedman , December 27, 2010
Freak pattern brings Europe record cold & snow, Andrew Freedman , December 20, 2010
With climate change, long-term trends are key, Andrew Freedman , December 13, 2010
Climate change can be a conversation killer, Andrew Freedman , December 8, 2010
A year after climategate, applying lessons learned, Andrew Freedman , November 22, 2010
WSJ editorial board spins climate science, again, Andrew Freedman , November 15, 2010
Scientists launch climate science counterattacks, Andrew Freedman , November 8, 2010
Southeast rainfall more variable as climate warms, Andrew Freedman , November 1, 2010
TWC says live weather coverage still comes first , Andrew Freedman , October 28, 2010
Weather Channel to reduce weather coverage, Andrew Freedman , October 26, 2010
Arctic sea ice loss linked to severe U.S. winters, Andrew Freedman , October 25, 2010
Is new global warming poll cause for despair?, Andrew Freedman , October 18, 2010
Hansen projects hottest year on record... in 2012, Andrew Freedman , October 5, 2010
Warm nights fuel summer heat records, Andrew Freedman , September 20, 2010
Midterm candidates embrace climate denialism, Andrew Freedman , September 13, 2010
Katrina: A lesson in risk mismanagement, Andrew Freedman , August 30, 2010
Greenland's new ice island slides toward the sea, Andrew Freedman , August 23, 2010
TWC's Stu Ostro talks weather-climate links, Andrew Freedman , August 16, 2010
Relentless heat wave roasts Russia, Andrew Freedman , August 9, 2010
Hot weather records falling left and right, Andrew Freedman , August 3, 2010
An inside view of Sunday's severe weather, Andrew Freedman , July 27, 2010
NASA eyeballs glacial melt in Greenland, Andrew Freedman , July 12, 2010
Thinking cool thoughts during the heat wave, Andrew Freedman , July 6, 2010
Newspapers retract faulty climate reporting, Andrew Freedman , June 30, 2010
Arctic sea ice melting unusually fast, Andrew Freedman , June 22, 2010
String of floods raise climate change questions, Andrew Freedman , June 15, 2010
Hurricane chimp's cheap shot at climate science, Andrew Freedman , May 24, 2010
2010 on track for warmest year on record, Andrew Freedman , May 18, 2010
Iceland volcano unlikely to cause global cooling, Andrew Freedman , April 19, 2010
Why is climate change more popular online?, Andrew Freedman , April 15, 2010
TV weathermen should re-think climate coverage, Andrew Freedman , April 5, 2010
Geoengineering 'fixes' help us view climate change, Andrew Freedman , March 29, 2010
D.C.'s winter was cold, but the globe stayed toasty, Andrew Freedman , March 15, 2010
How to calm the climate science confidence crisis, Andrew Freedman , March 9, 2010
Meteorological bomb explodes over New England, Andrew Freedman , March 1, 2010
Hurricane study unites formerly divided experts, Andrew Freedman , February 23, 2010
'Snowmageddon' name traced back to CWG reader, Andrew Freedman , February 19, 2010
Expert: Blizzards "consistent with" climate change, Andrew Freedman , February 14, 2010
Vote for storm name, Twitter hashtag & snow total, Andrew Freedman , February 4, 2010
Help CWG name the potential storm, Andrew Freedman , February 3, 2010
Farewell to Mt. Washington's wind record, Andrew Freedman , January 28, 2010
El Niño-linked weather arrives with a vengeance, Andrew Freedman , January 26, 2010
John Coleman's climate change conspiracy theory, Andrew Freedman , January 20, 2010
A virtual tour of the cold (and not so cold), Andrew Freedman , January 11, 2010
Cold weather in a hot climate, Andrew Freedman , January 7, 2010
2009 saw erosion of clarity on climate, Andrew Freedman , December 29, 2009
A climate of mixed expectations in Copenhagen, Andrew Freedman , December 14, 2009
The snowy legend of Dec. 5 continues, Andrew Freedman , December 7, 2009
Expert: E-mails show perils of 'activist' science, Andrew Freedman , December 4, 2009
Scientist: Consensus withstands climate e-mail flap, Andrew Freedman , December 1, 2009
Climate scientist criticizes skeptics, press, Andrew Freedman , November 24, 2009
Science historian reacts to hacked climate e-mails, Andrew Freedman , November 23, 2009
Record highs vs. lows reveal shifting climate, Andrew Freedman , November 18, 2009
Australian PM unloads on 'climate skeptics', Andrew Freedman , November 10, 2009
Remarkable fall storm showed links to El Niño, Andrew Freedman , November 3, 2009
Global warming poll finds puzzling trend, Andrew Freedman , October 26, 2009
For climate activists, '350' is a call to action, Andrew Freedman , October 21, 2009
Record Cold Exposes Climate Misconceptions, Andrew Freedman , October 14, 2009
Another Slapshot in Climate 'Hockey Stick' Faceoff, Andrew Freedman , October 5, 2009
Wear a Condom... Save the Planet?, Andrew Freedman , September 29, 2009
Goals of Major U.N. Climate Meeting Unclear, Andrew Freedman , September 21, 2009
Videos: Freedman, Morano Clash on Climate, Capital Weather Gang , September 16, 2009
Joe Wilson, Civility, and Climate Change, Andrew Freedman , September 14, 2009
Response to Climate Depot's Distortions, Andrew Freedman , September 2, 2009
Obama Needs to Give a Climate Speech - ASAP, Andrew Freedman , September 1, 2009
Climate Study Projects Hotter Augusts for D.C., Andrew Freedman , August 24, 2009
Studies Rekindle Hurricane-Climate Change Debate, Andrew Freedman , August 18, 2009
Climate Change & National Security: A Tough Sell, Andrew Freedman , August 11, 2009
Climate Change and the Scary Jellyfish Scourge, Andrew Freedman , August 3, 2009
Summer 2009: Northwest Sizzles, Texas Withers, Andrew Freedman , July 31, 2009
A Cool Summer Here, But Not Everywhere, Andrew Freedman , July 22, 2009
University Release Misleads Media on Climate, Andrew Freedman , July 20, 2009
Weather Channel Launches New Morning Show, Andrew Freedman , July 13, 2009
El Nino & Hurricanes: Devil May Be in Details, Andrew Freedman , July 8, 2009
Lack of Twisters Aside, VORTEX2 Gets Useful Data, Andrew Freedman , June 29, 2009
Think Tank Reverses Course on Climate Lobbying, Andrew Freedman , June 18, 2009
Best of CWG's VORTEX2 Photos, Andrew Freedman , June 16, 2009
VORTEX2 Turns Heads in Tornado Alley, Andrew Freedman , June 15, 2009
Scientists Get Closest Look Yet at Tornado, Andrew Freedman , June 8, 2009
Climate Change Kills 300,000 People, Plausible?, Andrew Freedman , June 1, 2009
Congress Ponders National Climate Service, Andrew Freedman , May 26, 2009
MIT Climate Study Garners More Attention, Andrew Freedman , May 21, 2009
Renaming Climate Change - Does it Matter?, Andrew Freedman , May 18, 2009
Scientists Suggest Re-framing Emissions Goals, Andrew Freedman , May 11, 2009
NASA Celebrates Ten Years of Stunning Images, Andrew Freedman , May 4, 2009
Heat Wave Leads to "Weather Whiplash", Andrew Freedman , April 27, 2009
Social Science Uncovering New Climate Angles, Andrew Freedman , April 20, 2009
Climate Extreme Reporting Presents Challenges, Andrew Freedman , April 13, 2009
Will Misleads Readers on Climate Science - Again, Andrew Freedman , April 7, 2009
NY Times Climate Story Stirs Controversy, Andrew Freedman , March 30, 2009
Bob Ryan Challenged to Climate Change Debate, Andrew Freedman , March 17, 2009
Heartland Institute Criticizes CWG's Climate Post, Andrew Freedman , March 16, 2009
Dueling Climate Meetings Aim to Steer Policy, Andrew Freedman , March 11, 2009
Bob Ryan Weighs in on Climate Change, Andrew Freedman , March 5, 2009
MIT Group Increases Global Warming Projections, Andrew Freedman , February 23, 2009
Australians Link Climate Change and Deadly Fires, Andrew Freedman , February 10, 2009
Caution: Giant Snakes Ahead, Andrew Freedman , February 9, 2009
Backlash Hits AccuWeather After Lackluster Storm, Andrew Freedman , February 4, 2009
Science Group Erred Giving Hansen Top Honor, Andrew Freedman , January 29, 2009
2008 Was Warm, But Coolest Since 2001, Andrew Freedman , January 21, 2009
Ex-Bush Official Lautenbacher Joins AccuWeather, Andrew Freedman , December 18, 2008
Where Will Obama Lead NOAA?, Andrew Freedman , December 8, 2008
Politico Falls Into Climate Coverage Trap, Andrew Freedman , December 2, 2008
Weather Channel Cuts Earn Mixed Reviews, Andrew Freedman , November 24, 2008
Freedman: Dirty Skies -- the ABCs of "ABCs", Andrew Freedman , November 17, 2008
Freedman: Warming up to Adaptation, Andrew Freedman , November 10, 2008
Freedman: TV Weather Attack Ads?, Andrew Freedman , November 4, 2008
Freedman: Planning Your Global Warming Vacation, Andrew Freedman , October 27, 2008
Will an Economic Downturn Benefit the Climate?, Andrew Freedman , October 20, 2008
Freedman: Candidates May Shift Climate Research, Andrew Freedman , October 13, 2008
The Candidates on Climate Change Science, Andrew Freedman , October 6, 2008
Freedman: Climate News from the Arctic to Texas, Andrew Freedman , September 22, 2008
Freedman: Weather Almanacs Grapple with Warming, Andrew Freedman , September 15, 2008
Freedman: Coalition Advises Candidates on Climate, Andrew Freedman , August 25, 2008
Freedman: Hot Weather, Heated Political Rhetoric, Andrew Freedman , August 22, 2008
Freedman: Hot Summers in our Future, Andrew Freedman , August 18, 2008
Freedman: In-flight Magazines and Polar Bears, Andrew Freedman , August 11, 2008
Freedman: Achenbach Off on Weather & Warming, Andrew Freedman , August 7, 2008
Freedman: First Half of 2008 Was Warm Worldwide, Andrew Freedman , July 21, 2008
Freedman: Arctic Sea Ice Watch 2008 Update, Andrew Freedman , July 14, 2008
Freedman: Why Is James Hansen So Worried?, Andrew Freedman , June 30, 2008
Freedman: Increasingly Going to Extremes, Andrew Freedman , June 24, 2008
Freedman: Explaining an Extreme Spring, Andrew Freedman , June 17, 2008
Freedman: Becoming Reaquainted with the Sky, Andrew Freedman , May 26, 2008
Freedman: Arctic Sea Ice May Set Record Low, Andrew Freedman , May 19, 2008
Bangladesh's Example for a Post-Nargis World, Andrew Freedman , May 14, 2008
Freedman: Global Warming Has Not Been Canceled, Andrew Freedman , May 5, 2008
Freedman: Three Statistics for Climate Change Talks, Andrew Freedman , April 28, 2008
Freedman: A Harsh Climate for Optimism, Andrew Freedman , April 22, 2008
Freedman: Sale May Improve The Weather Channel, Andrew Freedman , April 14, 2008
Freedman: The Price of Al Gore's Climate Battle, Andrew Freedman , April 7, 2008
Freedman: Climate Change Low on Public Agenda, Andrew Freedman , March 31, 2008
Freedman: A 'Push' Beyond Weather Radio in Cities, Andrew Freedman , March 24, 2008
Freedman: The Winter That Was (Everywhere Else), Andrew Freedman , March 17, 2008
Towards An Interactive Weather Index, Andrew Freedman , March 10, 2008
Freedman: To Be Renovated, Andrew Freedman , March 3, 2008
Help us Create a New Weather Index, Andrew Freedman , February 25, 2008
Freedman: The Meaning of an Asterisk, Andrew Freedman , February 10, 2008
Freedman: Super Tuesday Spin, Andrew Freedman , February 7, 2008
Freedman: How Should we "Focus the Nation?", Andrew Freedman , February 3, 2008
Freedman: In Defense of TV Weathercasters, Andrew Freedman , January 27, 2008
Freedman: Ground Truth, Andrew Freedman , January 20, 2008
Freedman: Another Strange Year, Andrew Freedman , January 13, 2008
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