Climate change too rapid to describe current state, a no-brainer
- Recently, Robert Livezey, Chief of Climate Services at NOAA National Weather Service Headquarters, said:
"In fact, the climate is changing so rapidly that it is difficult to develop credible descriptions of its current state; for example traditional 30-year normals reissued every 10-years are no longer generally useful for the customers and purposes for which they were intended."
In 1999, Robert Livezey, said:
"Personally, I think it's a no-brainer," says Livezey, who concludes that greenhouse gases generated by human activities are probably driving these changes in U.S. weather.
Question: How come you haven't heard about this before?
Answer: The National Weather Service has not wanted you to hear that global warming from greenhouse gases was is a 'no-brainer'. For example, a senior hydrologist with the North Central River Forecast Center was removed in 2005 by NWS for doing research and communication on climate and hydrologic change as shown in a 2003 report on change in the timing of snowmelt runoff in the Upper Midwest.
The hydrologist felt it was a no-brainer that NOAA's National Weather Service help educate the public on climate change based on the NWS mission. The NWS Mission Statement says:
" NOAA's National Weather Service provides weather, hydrologic, and climate forecasts and warnings for the United States, its territories, adjacent waters and ocean areas, for the protection of life and property and the enhancement of the national economy. ...
-- Referenced text, links:
2007 presentation by Robert Livezey
Climate Prediction Science Applications Workshop, Seattle, WA
1999 interview at Science News Online, Robert Livezey with When Meteorologists See Red, Worldwide warming has tripped up U.S. forecasters
2003 presentation by Patrick Neuman on "Earlier in the Year Snowmelt Runoff and Increasing Dewpoints for Rivers in Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota"