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Futuristic 3-D Weather Graphics Grace the Weather Forecast for 2050

By: Dr. Jeff Masters, 6:54 PM GMT on September 10, 2014

Futuristic and creative 3-D weather graphics like you've never seen before light up the screen in today's impressive forecast for September 23, 2050 released by the Weather Channel. The video was made in response to an appeal by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) to television weather presenters world-wide to imagine a “weather report from the year 2050,” based on the best science we have as summarized in the 2014 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report. If humanity’s current "business as usual" approach to emissions of heat-trapping gases like carbon dioxide continues, the average temperature of the Earth’s lower atmosphere could rise more than 4°C (7.2°F) by the end of the 21st century. But what does a global average temperature rise really mean? How would we experience it on a daily basis? Each day between now and the convening of the key 2014 climate summit in New York City the week of September 21, 2014--when the leaders of the world will assemble to lay out the road map to the crucial December 2015 climate negotiations in Paris--the WMO will release a new "Weather Report From 2050" on their website. Today's video from the Weather Channel imagines a future when it wouldn't take a landfalling hurricane to push water levels two feet above normal in Miami Beach--the onshore winds of a hurricane passing 400 miles offshore could cause that level of flooding, due to sea level rise. The report also envisions that the current 15-year drought affecting the Southwest U.S. will continue into 2050, becoming a decades-long "megadrought". On the lighter side, we hear about a new baseball team called the "Alberta Clippers" (named after a type of fast-moving snowstorm that originates in Alberta), and see Jim Cantore calling up hurricane tracking charts on his outstretched hand. It's a unique and impressive effort well-worth checking out, and will air on The Weather Channel's cable station throughout the day today (Wednesday.) I'll be featured in a separate behind-the-scences look at how we came up with the weather stories featured in the video.


Video 1. The daily weather forecast for September 23, 2050, as imagined by The Weather Channel.

Jeff Masters

Climate Change

The views of the author are his/her own and do not necessarily represent the position of The Weather Company or its parent, IBM.

Reader Comments

1001. SSL1441
Quoting 963. wunderkidcayman:


Link to that please


Gotcha covered Cayman. http://portal.nccs.nasa.gov/cgi-fp/fp_wx.cgi?regio n=nam&dtg=2014091100&prod=6precs&model=fp&level=sf c&tau=000&®ion_old=&dtg_old=&prod_old=&model_ol d=fp&level_old=&tau_old=&&loop=1
12Z NAM at 48 hours takes a nice batch of rain into Brownsville from the Caribbean wave.

Quoting 995. STORMW2014:



You must not live along the Gulf Coast. My science center is only 15' above Mobile Bay. I too pray that it doesn't pan out.
This invest will go in my direction, New Orleans,LA.
I think that wave I was talking about is about to named Invest 93L.
even if we dont do anything about climate change, we will do something about cities heat island effect. White pavement and heat reflective roofing materials can easily stop the dramatic innercity heat sink issues.
Quoting 964. Grothar:

Now if anybody laughs at this, I won't stay on. We can't hear any birds today. :)


That's interesting, actually.
1008. hydrus
Quoting 997. GatorWX:

Morning all. Steppin' in just for a moment. Glad to see the gw back and forth crap when we have something we've lacked for quite awhile and that's of course a healthy looking td, likely soon to be ts in the MDR. Isn't there a blog for the gw? I'm pretty sure I could come on here any day at any time, post an image or brief paragraph discounting it and would be lambasted my one of them almost immediately. I've never seen a denier comment go unnoticed lol. I think you guys just sit there, ready to pounce. Could we just save it for down time? Pretty please, with lots of cherries and whip cream on top? Cuz that'd be great.




I don't deny, for the record. Have a great day everyone. Off to my dad's.
You have WU mail.

Tropical Depression SIX Public Advisory

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WTNT31 KNHC 111439
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BULLETIN
TROPICAL DEPRESSION SIX ADVISORY NUMBER 1
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL062014
1100 AM EDT THU SEP 11 2014

...NEW TROPICAL DEPRESSION FORMS WEST OF THE CAPE VERDE ISLANDS...


SUMMARY OF 1100 AM EDT...1500 UTC...INFORMATION
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LOCATION...16.2N 37.1W
ABOUT 870 MI...1400 KM W OF THE CAPE VERDE ISLANDS
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...35 MPH...55 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...NW OR 310 DEGREES AT 13 MPH...20 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...1007 MB...29.74 INCHES


WATCHES AND WARNINGS
--------------------
THERE ARE NO COASTAL WATCHES OR WARNINGS IN EFFECT.


we have a storm to watch!! i am happy now!
Quoting 963. wunderkidcayman:


Link to that please

I can post the img directly but it doesn't link. I can only link the portal. Click on the map, click Tropical Atlantic on lower right, then animate. It takes some internet speed to load that model too.
Quoting 999. FIUStormChaser:



92L has an improving look on radar, how many hours does it have over water? And is recon going to investigate later today?


Quoting 999. FIUStormChaser:



92L has an improving look on radar, how many hours does it have over water? And is recon going to investigate later today?


recon for 92L was cancelled for today:
Shower activity associated with a weak low pressure area near the
northwestern Bahamas is currently poorly organized, and the Air
Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter mission scheduled for today has been
canceled.
JeffMasters has created a new entry.
1015. GatorWX
Quoting 1008. hydrus:

You have WU mail.


I know. I have it open so I don't forget to respond. I don't think I know Jefferson, but after working at The Temp for so long, I do know most faces out there. bbl
1016. SSL1441
Quoting 995. STORMW2014:



Forgive me for thinking about the possible loss of life and property associated with a system of that caliber. A nice system is good when it's not affecting anyone.
1017. Relix
Such a waste with TD6. I wish it was heading west straight for the Antilles... I need something fun to track. Oh well, hope we get a nice CV Hurricane.

Gulf/Atlantic Potential.
WKC~ Oh yeah, you want where it rolls by you..has it hugging the Yucatan 8 days from now. It has shown this storm a little on & off the last few days. Not enough I'm ready to really get behind it but enough to start paying attention to it. That was first run of total doom on FL..

The northern half of 92L is being ripped apart by the northerly shear.
But the southern side of the circulation has some nice convection.

Quoting 964. Grothar:

Now if anybody laughs at this, I won't stay on. We can't hear any birds today. :)


replace the batteries in your hearing aid ol' boy...
1022. LargoFl
SKYE..............CMC for next wens.............................................. .........
Quoting 844. CumberlandPlateau:


And it has been proven that water vapor is by far a much larger greenhouse trapping gas. I just think many like to blame CO2 to advance their own warming agenda and cut utility companies.

No warming on Earth for the last 17 years but "oh no we are heading for a major CO2 emission catastrophe!" Laughable.
The discussion about CO2 relates to the control we humans have over how much of it gets dumped into the Earth's atmosphere every day and has been for about 300 years. Unfortunately the water vapor is not a greenhouse gas generated and emitted by humans, it results from the warming of the atmosphere due to the CO2 and other human-generated gases. We can only reduce the water vapor concentration in the atmosphere by reducing the CO2 and the warming caused by it. A focus on water vapor unfortunately diverts attention from the intrinsic cause of its increase in the atmosphere, CO2.