On the whole, meteorologists just hate to link any specific weather pattern over a short period to climate change. But Pete Bouchard says it's time to face facts: While may be impossible to say the specific wet weather we've been seeing over the past few weeks is due to climate change, the fact that we're seeing more and more unusual weather patterns that last long periods of time is:
Relentless rain, sunless days and chilly temps can easily be explained as a slow start to spring. But how many times have we been here? A lot. And is this becoming the norm? Maybe.
You know where I’m going with this, so I’ll show my cards now. It’s likely a result of global warming. More specifically, global warming hijacking our jet stream. We have to use caution here, since it’s easy to be lured to the dark side of climate change by tying short-term weather to long-term changes.
However, the science here isn’t a reach. ...
Without going into the finer points, it’s the reason we may get stuck in what seems like the most dreaded type of weather. More alarming, we’re likely to see more of these in the future. In fact, The National Climate Assessment shows direct ties between many of our recent spats of persistent weather and a warming planet.