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Study Blames Global Warming for 75% of Very Hot Days

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — If you find yourself sweating out a day that is monstrously hot, chances are you can blame humanity. A new report links three out of four such days to man’s effects on climate.

And as climate change worsens around mid-century, that percentage of extremely hot days being caused by man-made greenhouse gases will push past 95 percent, according to the new study published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change.

Humans have not had as great an effect on heavy downpours, though. The Swiss scientists who did the study calculated that 18 percent of extreme rain events are caused by global warming. But if the world warms another two degrees Fahrenheit (1.1 degrees Celsius) — expected to happen around mid-century — about 39% of the downpours would be attributed to humanity’s influence, according to the study. That influence comes from greenhouse gases, mostly carbon dioxide from the burning of coal, oil and gas.

“This new study helps get the actual probability or odds of human influence,“ said University of Arizona climate scientist Jonathan Overpeck, who wasn’t part of the research. “This is key: If you don’t like hot temperature extremes that we’re getting, you now know how you can reduce the odds of such events by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.“

Lead author Erich Fischer, a climate scientist at ETH Zurich, a Swiss university, and colleague Reto Knutti examined just the hottest of hot days, the hottest one-tenth of one percent. Using 25 different computer models. Fischer and Knutti simulated a world without human-caused greenhouse gas emissions and found those hot days happened once every three years.

Then they calculated how many times they happen with the current level of heat-trapping gases and the number increases to four days. So three of the four are human caused, the team said.

And when the scientists dialed up the greenhouse gases — using current pollution trends — to simulate a world about mid-century, they got 26 of those super-hot days, “almost a whole month,“ Fischer said.

The figures that Fischer and Knutti calculated are global estimates. The margins of error, plus or minus about 13% with current hot days, grow larger when smaller regions are considered. However, they found Africa and South America now have the highest percentages of unusual hot days that could be blamed on human influence, 89% and 88% respectively. Europe, at 63%, and North America, with 67%, come in at the lowest. By mid-century, if emissions continue at current pace, all continents will be able blame at least 93% of super hot days on humans.

Half a dozen outside scientists praised the study as valid, elegant and important.

When people ask if a single weird weather event is due to human activity or just natural variation, that’s the wrong question because both factors are always involved, said Princeton University climate scientist Michael Oppenheimer, who wasn’t part of the study but praised it heavily. This study, he said, asks the right question: “How much of the change is due to human activity and how much is natural variation?“

And once that percentage of damages, costs and deaths can be attributed to human influence, it’s easier for governments to put a price on carbon dioxide emissions in an effort to control global warming, said Duke University climate scientist Drew Shindell.

Online: Nature Climate Change

Freeze Warning for Friday, April 24, 15

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... FREEZE WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 2 AM TO 9 AM EDT FRIDAY…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN CHARLESTON HAS ISSUED A FREEZE WARNING… WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 2 AM TO 9 AM EDT FRIDAY.

* TEMPERATURES… LOWS IN THE LOWER 30S.

* TIMING… LATE TONIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING.

* IMPACTS… FREEZING TEMPERATURES COULD KILL SENSITIVE VEGETATION IF NOT PROTECTED.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A FREEZE WARNING MEANS SUB-FREEZING TEMPERATURES ARE IMMINENT OR HIGHLY LIKELY. THESE CONDITIONS WILL KILL CROPS AND OTHER SENSITIVE VEGETATION.

Water Up In Parts of West Virginia - 04.14.15

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Heavy rain was driving up water levels in parts of Central and Southern West Virginia with areas from Huntington through Charleston to Sutton and down into Mingo County and Wayne County taking the hardest hits.

By Tuesday morning, more than 1 in. of rain had fallen on already saturated areas and another inch was possible before the storm system moved out of West Virginia late Tuesday.

In isolated areas, more than 2 inches of rain was a possibility during the storm.

The greatest flooding threats were in low-lying areas, especially along roads adjacent to creeks and streams.

It is mostly small stream and highways (flooding), but we are watching the rivers start to come up across the area.

The following counties were under Flood Warnings at varying times on Tuesday:

Pocahontas, Nicholas, Randolph, Braxton, Barbour, Webster, Upshur, Lewis, Raleigh, Nicholas, Mingo, Logan, Lincoln, Fayette, Clay, Boone, Wyoming, Webster, Wayne, Putnam, Mason, Jackson, Gilmer, Calhoun, Kanawha, Cabell and Roane.

Flood Watches were in effect in other counties.

Schools in Roane County and Lincoln County were closed because of high water on Tuesday.

Crews with MonPower and Appalachian Power were working to restore power to more than 2,000 homes and businesses as of Tuesday morning.

The chance for more rain will continue through the rest of the week across the Mountain State, according to the National Weather Service.

Flood Warning for Tuesday, April 14, 2015

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THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN CHARLESTON HAS ISSUED A:

* FLOOD WARNING FOR URBAN AREAS AND SMALL STREAMS IN… NORTHWESTERN BOONE COUNTY IN WEST VIRGINIA…

WESTERN BRAXTON COUNTY IN WEST VIRGINIA… THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF SUTTON...

CALHOUN COUNTY IN WEST VIRGINIA… THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF GRANTSVILLE...

CLAY COUNTY IN WEST VIRGINIA… THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF CLAY...

GILMER COUNTY IN WEST VIRGINIA… THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF GLENVILLE...

NORTH CENTRAL NICHOLAS COUNTY IN WEST VIRGINIA…

ROANE COUNTY IN WEST VIRGINIA… THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF SPENCER...

* UNTIL 12:45 PM EDT

* AT 6:52 AM EDT RADAR ESTIMATES AND GAUGE REPORTS INDICATE 1 TO 2 INCHES OF RAIN HAS FALLEN ACROSS THE AREA OVER THE PAST SEVERAL HOURS.

MODERATE RAIN CONTINUES TO FALL OVER THE AREA…

WITH ANOTHER INCH OF RAIN POSSIBLE BY MID MORNING. EXCESSIVE RUNOFF FROM HEAVY RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLOODING OF CREEKS AND STREAMS…

HIGHWAYS AND UNDERPASSES. ADDITIONALLY… COUNTRY ROADS AND FARMLANDS ALONG THE BANKS OF CREEKS… STREAMS AND OTHER LOW LYING AREAS ARE SUBJECT TO FLOODING.

A FLOOD WARNING MEANS THAT FLOODING IS IMMINENT OR HAS BEEN REPORTED.

ALL INTERESTED PARTIES SHOULD TAKE NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS IMMEDIATELY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

MOST FLOOD DEATHS OCCUR IN AUTOMOBILES.

NEVER DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE INTO AREAS WHERE THE WATER COVERS THE ROADWAY.

FLOOD WATERS ARE USUALLY DEEPER THAN THEY APPEAR.

JUST ONE FOOT OF FLOWING WATER IS POWERFUL ENOUGH TO SWEEP VEHICLES OFF THE ROAD.

WHEN ENCOUNTERING FLOODED ROADS MAKE THE SMART CHOICE… TURN AROUND… DONT DROWN.

Flood Watch for Tuesday, April 14, 2015

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... FLOOD WATCH NOW IN EFFECT THROUGH TUESDAY AFTERNOON…

THE FLOOD WATCH IS NOW IN EFFECT FOR

* A PORTION OF CENTRAL WEST VIRGINIA… INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS… CALHOUN... GILMER AND ROANE.

* THROUGH TUESDAY AFTERNOON

* A FRONTAL BOUNDARY WILL SLOWLY CROSS THE AREA OVERNIGHT AND EARLY TUESDAY. RAIN AND POSSIBLY THUNDERSTORMS WILL OVERSPREAD THE WATCH AREA THIS EVENING AND PERSIST OVERNIGHT. THE RAIN MAY BE HEAVY AT TIMES LATE THIS EVENING. ONE TO TWO INCHES OF RAIN IS EXPECTED… WHICH MAY LEAD TO FLOODING OF CREEKS AND STREAMS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A FLOOD WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR FLOODING BASED ON CURRENT FORECASTS.

YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE ALERT FOR POSSIBLE FLOOD WARNINGS. THOSE LIVING IN AREAS PRONE TO FLOODING SHOULD BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLOODING DEVELOP.

... SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT FOR SOUTHEASTERN HARRISON… LEWIS… SOUTHERN ROANE… UPSHUR… NORTHERN WEBSTER… BARBOUR… NORTHERN BOONE… BRAXTON… SOUTHERN CALHOUN… CLAY… NORTHWESTERN FAYETTE… SOUTHERN GILMER… NORTHERN RANDOLPH… KANAWHA… NORTHEASTERN LINCOLN… NORTHWESTERN NICHOLAS AND SOUTHERN PUTNAM COUNTIES UNTIL 8:15 AM EDT…

AT 4:06 AM EDT… SHOWERS WITH VERY HEAVY RAIN WERE MOVING EAST SOUTHEAST AT 25 MPH.

VERY HEAVY RAIN WILL FALL FROM THESE STORMS… AND WILL CAUSE WATER TO POND ON ROADS AND QUICKLY FILL ROADSIDE DITCHES AND SMALL STREAMS.

IN HILLY TERRAIN THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF LOW WATER CROSSINGS WHICH ARE POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS IN HEAVY RAIN. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO TRAVEL ACROSS FLOODED ROADS. FIND ALTERNATE ROUTES. IT TAKES ONLY A FEW INCHES OF SWIFTLY FLOWING WATER TO CARRY VEHICLES AWAY.

DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE INTO AREAS WHERE THE WATER COVERS THE ROADWAY. THE WATER DEPTH MAY BE TOO GREAT TO ALLOW YOUR CAR TO CROSS SAFELY. MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND.

Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Friday, April 10, 2015

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THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 53 IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM EDT THIS MORNING FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS :


IN WEST VIRGINIA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 23 COUNTIES

IN CENTRAL WEST VIRGINIA

BRAXTON CALHOUN CLAY GILMER JACKSON WV ROANE


IN NORTHERN WEST VIRGINIA

DODDRIDGE HARRISON LEWIS PLEASANTS RITCHIE TYLER WIRT WOOD


IN SOUTHERN WEST VIRGINIA

BOONE KANAWHA LINCOLN LOGAN MINGO PUTNAM


IN WESTERN WEST VIRGINIA

CABELL MASON WAYNE
THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF… ALUM CREEK… AMHERSTDALE-ROBINETTE… ASHLAND… ATHENS… BELMONT… BELPRE… BRIDGEPORT… BURNSVILLE… CEREDO… CHAPMANVILLE… CHARLESTON… CHATTAROY… CLARKSBURG… CLAY… CROOKSVILLE… ELIZABETH… FLATWOODS… FLATWOODS… GALLIPOLIS… GASSAWAY… GILBERT CREEK… GLENVILLE… GRANTSVILLE… GRAYSON… HAMDEN… HAMLIN… HARRISVILLE… HARTS… HOLDEN… HUNTINGTON… HURRICANE… IRONTON… JACKSON… KENOVA… LOGAN… LOUISA… MADISON… MALLORY… MALTA… MAN… MARIETTA… MCARTHUR… MCCONNELSVILLE… MIDDLEBOURNE… NEW HAVEN… NEW LEXINGTON… OAK HILL… OLIVE HILL… PADEN CITY… PARKERSBURG… PENNSBORO… POINT PLEASANT… POMEROY… RACELAND… RAVENSWOOD… RIPLEY… RUSSELL… SISTERSVILLE… SOMERSET… SOUTH CHARLESTON… SOUTH POINT… SPENCER… ST. MARYS… STOCKPORT… SUTTON… SWITZER… TEAYS VALLEY… VIENNA… WAYNE… WELLSTON… WEST HAMLIN… WEST UNION… WESTON AND WILLIAMSON.

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