Study: Northwest Heat Wave Impossible without Climate Change

Tuesday, Jul 13, 2021

The deadly heat wave that roasted the Pacific Northwest and western Canada was virtually impossible without human-caused climate change that added a few extra degrees to the record-smashing temperatures, a new quick scientific analysis, conducted w/ modeling and analytical support from Gabriel Vecchi, deputy director of CIMES and AOS faculty member, and Wenchang Yang (GEO), found.

An international team of 27 scientists calculated that climate change increased chances of the extreme heat occurring by at least 150 times, but likely much more.

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