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bos2What counts as extreme temperature is a moving target

By Sarah DeWeerdt – Anthropocene Magazine – February 26, 2019
With climate change, weather patterns that were unusual in the past (ahem, February heat waves in London) are becoming more common. But how exactly do people recognize unusual weather conditions? Scientists use various benchmarks – 1850, the past 30 years, and so on – when quantifying climate change, but there’s been very little research on how members of the general public develop a baseline sense of “normal” climate or how that sense changes over time. The first large-scale study to tackle this problem, published yesterday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggests that the public’s climatic baseline tends to be a very recent one, reflecting weather experienced roughly 2 to 8 years ago. Read full article here.

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