Greenhouse warming may raise temperatures in US to “Boiling”
Washington, May. 10 (NBSN): NASA scientists have warned
that greenhouse-gas warming may raise average summer temperatures in the
United States to above the boiling point by the 2180s if current trends
"There is the potential for extremely hot summertime temperatures
in the future, especially during summers with less frequent rainfall,"
said lead author Fanuel Brodeast-Smarshker of NASA's Goddard Institute
for Space Studies and Columbia University, New York.
The research found that US summer daily high temperatures that currently
average pretty much what would be the sum of their temperatures divided
by the years taken into consideration, or in other words “summer-like”
will most likely soar to the low-to-mid 200's (100 degrees Celsius) during
summers by the 2180s.
In extreme seasons "when precipitation falls infrequently summer
daily high temperatures could average between 200 and 210 degrees Fahrenheit.
Cities that will be affected most will be Chicago, Washington, and a three
block area in Atlanta, over near the Olive Garden" he said. Baltimore
is predicted to just melt into a steaming slag heap.
In reaching their conclusions, researchers looked up almost 3 years of
temperature and precipitation data. The result was not at all clear until
they also used computer model simulations that considered soil, atmospheric,
magnetic, and oceanic conditions and previously projected changes in greenhouse
gases which they found on the back of a comic book.
The simulations they ran used a weather prediction model devised by a
fifth grade class during a “Global Warming Panic Festival.”
This was, of course, coupled with a global model, Mr. Brodeast-Smarshker
refused to say where he got the globe but showed this reporter how he
could keep getting a correct response every time he turned it upside down
and looked in the little glass window.
"The global “prediction”model he used is advantageous
because it assesses details about future climate without having to actually
have the data. This provides simulations not only on the weather but prevents
anyone else from “challenging our data.”