Weird Winter, Mad March

I have not watched these yet myself, but will do as soon as I download and convert them for my iPhone, but I have no doubt they are up to Peter Sinclair's usual high standards.

Embedded below are part's 1 and 2 of Weird Winter - Mad March. Enjoy, discuss!

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By stillwaggon (not verified) on 18 Apr 2012 #permalink

The average humidity hasn't increased because warm air can hold more water vapor. It's increased because warmer temperatures cause more evaporation.

is this also the reason so much of europe and west japan stayed buried under 10 feet or more of snow this winter??? the other thing that was interesting is that NO ONE over here(esp the weather channel) ever discussed this-- if they did, i missed every time--! it was as if the rest of the planetary weather did not exist-- did any one else notice this or am i imagining this???

TC said:

The average humidity hasn't increased because warm air can hold more water vapor. It's increased because warmer temperatures cause more evaporation.

You got it half right. Warmer water does in fact cause increased evaporation.

However, the warmer the air, the more moisture it can hold. This is why it is very dry in very cold climates, there is very little moisture in the air even though the relative humidity may be very high.

By Ian Forrester (not verified) on 18 Apr 2012 #permalink


Why yes it is - thanks for noticing! Americans like to think their small corner of the world is the only one in existence, but the weird weather all over the world is being made worse by climate change / global warming.


Welcome back - we missed you!

Thank mandas :) I am posting from your small corner of the world now as a Tasmanian permanent resident. Be sure to let me know if you make your way down here, researching the plight of Tassie devils or holidaying or what have you.

TC, I was going to say something similar to Ian. Yes, warmer temperatures cause more evaporation, but if warmer air did not hold more moisture it would just rain out quicker. We would have a faster hydrological cycle but without the extreme precipitation made possible by a warmer atmosphere's greater capacity for storing moisture.

florence, you are not imagining this! Americans are world famous for their obsessive navel gazing, a fact they would be aware of if...well if it weren't so true!

US media has also conspicuously avoided mentioning climate change in their coverage of this amazing deluge of unprecedented and record breaking events.

My parents used to live in Ulverstone, which is on the north coast of Tasmania if you haven't got your bearings yet. Not sure if it is anywhere near you.

I know Ulverstone very well, I've probably spent 8 to 10 months there over the last 10 years. But we are living in Hobart now, there is a little more going on in the south!