Photos from Climate Impacts Day

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 2:06 PM GMT on May 06, 2012

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On Saturday, May 5, the activist group 350.org, founded by Bill McKibben, launched a new effort to "connect the dots between climate change and extreme weather." They declared May 5 Climate Impacts Day, and coordinated an impressive global effort of nearly 1,000 events in 100 countries to draw attention to the links between climate change and extreme weather. Their new climatedots.org website aims to get people involved to "protest, educate, document and volunteer along with thousands of people around the world to support the communities on the front lines of the climate crisis." Below are photos from some of the many events on Climate Impacts Day as archived on the climatedots.org website. It is remarkable to view the slide show on their web site and see the degree of global participation this event had; 350.org has created a dedicated and creative global climate movement that will be a major force to reckon with in the coming years.


Figure 1. Volunteers in the city of Salvador, Brazil, have connected the dots have and drawn people's attention to sea level rise and what it impacts in our life.


Figure 2. Madaba, Jordan. "Drops (of water) are dots of hope". A beautiful message from King's Academy in drought-prone Jordan.


Figure 3. Activists hold a banner in front of a damaged coral reef in the vulnerable Marshall Islands. Rising temperatures and increased CO2 uptake are raising the acidity of the ocean, which bleaches and ultimately kills fragile coral reefs.


Figure 4. One thousand students in Bekaa, Lebanon make their dots into the wheels of a giant bicycle to raise awareness about the threat of air pollution, and to advocate for bike lanes.


Figure 5. In 2009, at 17,785 feet in Bolivia's Cordillera Oriental was the Chacaltaya Glacier. Before its unexpected melting, it was home to Bolivia's only ski resort and the first tow-rope ever to be built in South America. Today all that remains is a rocky mountain-top that only receives seasonal snowfall. Photo by Lauren Farnsworth.


Figure 6. Ausable Valley, NY, USA: Young people in New York understand the first-hand impacts of climate change. Hurricane Irene, the third five-hundred-year climate event in the last twelve months, devastated communities in the region and pummeled the beachfront with debris.

Jeff Masters

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Quoting Neapolitan:
1904? So you're agreeing with the OP's contention that destructive tornadoes in Japan are pretty rare, then? I would agree with that, too. They're not unheard of, to be sure...but they're definitely rare.


Especially Japan!!
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The 12z GFS shows a nice hurricane in the East Pac at 348 hours... It's shown the storm for several runs inconsistently but this is the first time it's really blown it up.
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..."its'a Mojo Rising"...
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In fact, look what the GFS shows on May 22.

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This may be what we need to get both Aletta and Alberto.



As it stands, I think we will see Aletta between May 15-25.

Alberto between May 21-June 2.
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Quoting Chucktown:


Nothing is wrong, it's called weather - it happens. Here is a list of documented tornadoes in Asia, including a deadly outbreak in Moscow which killed over 30 people, oh by the way, that happened in 1904.

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1904? So you're agreeing with the OP's contention that destructive tornadoes in Japan are pretty rare, then? I would agree with that, too. They're not unheard of, to be sure...but they're definitely rare.
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Quoting Chucktown:


Nothing is wrong, it's called weather - it happens. Here is a list of documented tornadoes in Asia, including a deadly outbreak in Moscow which killed over 30 people, oh by the way, that happened in 1904.

Link

All i'm saying is that they're rare occurences and other places of the world, mainly due to the fact most places worldwide don't have wide open plains, and gulf moisture that fuels many of the big supercells one way or another.
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Quoting SteveDa1:
For those interested,

April 2012 is now, unbelievably, our 30th month in a row where the mean temperature has been above the 1971-2000 averages.
...and the 325th in a row where the mean has been above the 20th century average (the last month below that average was February 1985).
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Quoting HurricaneDean07:

I can't believe there's been two tornadoes on the other side of the world in a matter of two weeks, which are very rare events in those areas. North America is the only continent to frequently have tornadoes at a frequency of normal basis. All other places, its a very rare event, like last year when Argentina had a Tornado, and then this year, France and Japan... I don't know what's wrong with this world, but something ain't right.


Nothing is wrong, it's called weather - it happens. Here is a list of documented tornadoes in Asia, including a deadly outbreak in Moscow which killed over 30 people, oh by the way, that happened in 1904.

Link
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Quoting CybrTeddy:
Dang! Yesterday got up to 95 in my area in Hillsborough, and it's already 88 degrees here. We need our rainy season to start up soon, because FL summer is back.

Believe me, its already gettin ugly here, i can't imagine what summer's gonna be like if we can't get some tropical systems this way. its been in the 90's since last saturday, and yesturday and the day before it was 98 as a high. Also, before the pattern shifted briefly in March/April and brought us more average temps, in February we got up to 90 for three days. one day reached a peak of 99, and the other days surrounding were in the low 90's, and upper 80's. I hope the climate forecasts are correct and the temps don't go any higher for the summer, cause i don't think I can take a summer with temps in the 110's it was bad enough last year with the drought choking any moisture to limit temps like in 2010. 2010 was heaven for us here, had many tropical systems, average temps, no drought... Crossing my fingers maybe, just maybe, it'll happen again.
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Quoting Neapolitan:
Thanks, Dr. Masters. There were many very moving pictures yesterday on the 350.org website. It's heartening to see that so many people around the world "get" it, even if politicians and ideologues here don't.

Anyway, this photo of some of the damage from the Tokyo tornado. EF2, perhaps?:

twister

I can't believe there's been two tornadoes on the other side of the world in a matter of two weeks, which are very rare events in those areas. North America is the only continent to frequently have tornadoes at a frequency of normal basis. All other places, its a very rare event, like last year when Argentina had a Tornado, and then this year, France and Japan... I don't know what's wrong with this world, but something ain't right.
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Quoting MahFL:


The sediment records reveal past hurricane activity, and their approx strength.


very well put.

Dr. Ivor Van Heerden who did the post failure study of the 17th Street Canal Katrina Breech..found that the pilings for the I-wall design, were 17ft down..in the soil. At the exact same depth where a Large Cane laid down a cypress Forest there that allowed the pilings to Fail an thus the Blowout of the Wall to the NOLA side or East.

This is the ONLY video of the Breech of any Levee during K. Shot by the NOFD in the Marina Towers Condos.

We were 1 mile west on the Unbroken side in Jefferson Parish.





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Quoting sunlinepr:


Daaaaaammmmmmnnnnnn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Quoting jonger1150:
This website is quickly becoming a joke.

500 year hurricane in NY? How the heck do you know what happened beyond 100 years ago in regard to hurricanes... No satellite or radar.


Sediment record/eyewitness accounts.

Not completely accurate.

Accurate enough to determine if a major hurricane hit.
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Quoting jonger1150:
This website is quickly becoming a joke.

500 year hurricane in NY? How the heck do you know what happened beyond 100 years ago in regard to hurricanes... No satellite or radar.


You are revealing your lack of knowledge when you accuse this site of being a joke.

This site knows what "100 year event" means. You should learn.
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Quoting sunlinepr:


Too bad for the people in Japan, specially in Tokio... for those affected....

Nuclear radiation, Tsunami, earthquakes, a tornado, typhoons.... corruption....

The only events missing would be a big volcano eruption and being hit by a meteor....


Godzilla is even saying, "Man, WATTS UP Wit Dat ?"



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Quoting aspectre:
15 jonger1150: This website is quickly becoming a joke.
500 year hurricane in NY? How the heck do you know what happened beyond 100 years ago in regard to hurricanes... No satellite or radar.


Grothar is better than radar. Everybody knows that.


The sediment records reveal past hurricane activity, and their approx strength.
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Quoting CybrTeddy:
Dang! Yesterday got up to 95 in my area in Hillsborough, and it's already 88 degrees here. We need our rainy season to start up soon, because FL summer is back.



Lol, I'm bored.
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Dang! Yesterday got up to 95 in my area in Hillsborough, and it's already 88 degrees here. We need our rainy season to start up soon, because FL summer is back.
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Good morning Hawaii.

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Quoting jonger1150:
This website is quickly becoming a joke.

500 year hurricane in NY? How the heck do you know what happened beyond 100 years ago in regard to hurricanes... No satellite or radar.


You know, I've been hearing that statement since 2006.

Still a great site and blog to be on.
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Quoting Tazmanian:



hey thats not nic but still your right


For sure we expect, the best for Japan. By the way I forgot the 2 Nukes in WWII. It is the only country with that record....

But my wishes for Japan right now is that the government takes inmediate action towards saving the people from radiation....
That's the main concern right now... they must take action inmediatelly....
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Quoting AussieStorm:
The 2013 Weather Channel(Aust) Calender has been released. Here are a few examples.
















nic photos
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Quoting sunlinepr:


Too bad for the people in Japan, specially in Tokio... for those affected....

Nuclear radiation, Tsunami, earthquakes, a tornado, typhoons.... corruption....

The only events missing would be a big volcano eruption and being hit by a meteor....

They have had volcano eruptions. Big but not Massive
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Some help for those who seem to interpret "100-year flood" or "500-year storm" a little too literally:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Return_period
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The 2013 Weather Channel(Aust) Calender has been released. Here are a few examples.













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Quoting sunlinepr:


Too bad for the people in Japan, specially on Tokio... for those affected....

Nuclear radiation, Tsunami, earthquakes, a tornado, typhoons.... corruption....

The only events missing would be a big volcano eruption and being hit by a meteor....



hey thats not nic but still your right
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Quoting AussieStorm:
Tornado strikes Tsukuba, Japan




Too bad for the people in Japan, specially in Tokio... for those affected....

Nuclear radiation, Tsunami, earthquakes, a tornado, typhoons.... corruption....

The only events missing would be a big volcano eruption and being hit by a meteor....
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Quoting jonger1150:
This website is quickly becoming a joke.

500 year hurricane in NY? How the heck do you know what happened beyond 100 years ago in regard to hurricanes... No satellite or radar.


The post of the year - thank you !! I'm glad that there are a few of us with brains on this blog.
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15 jonger1150: This website is quickly becoming a joke.
500 year hurricane in NY? How the heck do you know what happened beyond 100 years ago in regard to hurricanes... No satellite or radar.


Grothar is better than radar. Everybody knows that.
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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:
Does any1 know what happeded to the 3 or 4 minute attack N Korea was going to do on S Korea?
Was that all bluffing?


The rumours of a large army are more powerful than the army itself.
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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:
Does any1 know what happeded to the 3 or 4 minute attack N Korea was going to do on S Korea?
Was that all bluffing?


Of course it was bluffing! That's all North Korea ever does!

And nice avatar by the way!
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Does any1 know what happeded to the 3 or 4 minute attack N Korea was going to do on S Korea?
Was that all bluffing?
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Quoting yqt1001:


You did it wrong. :(

It's supposed to be:

PREVENT

ALL THE CLIMATE CHANGE


i just woke up cut me some slack will ya!!
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Quoting RTSplayer:


Yes. Their older, traditional houses are hardly what I'd call "shelter". More like a death trap in a wind or fire event.
Also tsunami event since the houses can get knocked away within seconds.
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Quoting WxGeekVA:
I feel inspired!!!



You did it wrong. :(

It's supposed to be:

PREVENT

ALL THE CLIMATE CHANGE
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Quoting jonger1150:
This website is quickly becoming a joke.

500 year hurricane in NY? How the heck do you know what happened beyond 100 years ago in regard to hurricanes... No satellite or radar.


Soil core samples can find deposition layers of sand, silt, and other debris.

Geologists and meteorologists can similarly find unknown tsunami, volcano, and earthquake events through core samples. It's not perfect, but you can say within a certain range of error how big an event was and when it happened.

Dendro-chronology and also study of the Oxygen isotope ratios in tree debris can be used as markers to identify hurricane landfalls, because hurricanes actually distill water by Oxygen isotope.


Old written records of various events still exist in universities, libraries, and other public institutions, which researchers can find if they know where to look.

In modern times, we have video and digital media, so it will be interesting to see how those are maintained through the decades.

When the next "Katrina" happens, hopefully they'll spend 24 to 36 hours playing the videos, especially the more personal ones with the guy sitting on his roof while everything is destroyed, etc, so that people will bother to listen. Then gain, they tried that with the Betsy and Camille footage and it didn't work, because somewhere along the lines everyone has a disconnect and the "it'll never happen to me," mentality.

Well, it will, and it did, as well all know.


What if Katrina had made landfall at peak intensity? The death toll would have been 10 or 100 times worse. Many people on this blog right now who chose to ride out the storm would be dead, even scores of miles away from the eye.


"Those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it."

How true that is of American coastal zoning.
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Thanks for the update Dr. Masters.
A challenging call to action for the world powers at large.
One day in our cycle around the sun isn't enough.
The damage is done daily and without conscious.
I support them and will continue to.
Thanks again Dr. Masters
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t-storms popping up now around ATL, with a lot of lightning s of me.
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Quoting Tropicsweatherpr:
Weak low pressure near the ABC islands will move NE and bring even more rain to the already saturated grounds of some of the islands.


Hi there,very unusual for this time of year don't you think?
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Quoting jonger1150:
This website is quickly becoming a joke.

500 year hurricane in NY? How the heck do you know what happened beyond 100 years ago in regard to hurricanes... No satellite or radar.


People on the ground and in sailing ships did not exist 500 years ago either. Right!
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Quoting washingtonian115:
The damage is pretty significant looking from that tornado.Then again they don't have building codes for those types of things.I've visited Japan before and when I say some of their houses are built out of PAPER I literally mean that.


Yes. Their older, traditional houses are hardly what I'd call "shelter". More like a death trap in a wind or fire event.
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5:

Looks like isolated damage, like only the weakest buildings suffered heavy damage.

Funnel looks like it was at most few a hundred feed wide too, unless there was more not seen on the video.
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This website is quickly becoming a joke.

500 year hurricane in NY? How the heck do you know what happened beyond 100 years ago in regard to hurricanes... No satellite or radar.
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Weak low pressure near the ABC islands will move NE and bring even more rain to the already saturated grounds of some of the islands.

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I'll be glad when we're tracking tropical cyclones, this tornado season hasn't exactly been exciting for storm chasers.

Plus, tropical cyclones last longer.
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The damage is pretty significant looking from that tornado.Then again they don't have building codes for those types of things.I've visited Japan before and when I say some of their houses are built out of PAPER I literally mean that.
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