NOAA: Natural Variability Main Culprit of Deadly Russian Heat Wave That Killed Thousands

NOAA: Natural Variability Main Culprit of Deadly Russian Heat Wave That Killed Thousands

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14 March 2011
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The deadly Russian heat wave of 2010 was due to a natural atmospheric phenomenon often associated with weather extremes, according to a new NOAA study. And while the scientists could not attribute the intensity of this particular heat wave to climate change, they found that extreme heat waves are likely to become increasingly frequent in the region in coming decades.

The research team drew from scientific observations and computer climate models to evaluate the possible roles of natural and human-caused climate influences on the severity of the heat wave. The study was accepted for publication in Geophysical Research Letters, a publication of the American Geophysical Union.>> Full Text

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