Warming indicted for extreme weather

Climate change can explain some 2011 departures from the norm

By Janet Raloff, 13:08 PM July 11, 2012

Texans sweltered through the hottest, driest spring and summer on record last year. Much of the blame can be attributed to a recurring climate pattern known as La Ni±a, which emerges every few years as surface waters chill in the eastern equatorial Pacific. But Earth’s steadily warming climate contributed as well, a new analysis concludes.

Since the 1960s, the likelihood of Texas seeing extremely hot, dry weather in a La Ni±a year has mushroomed 20-fold due to human-induced global warming, Dav...

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