From World Water Day, one of 36 photos. Here, a journalist takes a sample of polluted red-colored water in the Jianhe River in Luoyang, Henan province, China, on December 13, 2011. According to local media, the sources of the pollution were two illegal chemical plants discharging their production waste water into the rain sewer pipes. (Reuters/China Daily)
Proving that climate change is about extremes of all types, not just heat, this map shows that as the Eastern US is experiencing record highs, temperatures in the West are significantly colder than usual.
In an absurdly weird weather year, this is the weirdest weather map yet. May-like Weather in the East, While Snow Slams the West | Climate Central)
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This map shows how many standard deviations away from the norm the current record high temperatures are in the US. Basically, the darkest red represents extreme variations from normal temperatures (for March 20) that used to happen only every 4,000 years or so, before the climate began changing. Even the second-darkest reds should only happen every 40 years without climate change.
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Apparently, one town in Michigan just broke the previous record for yesterday by 29 degrees!
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And now back to crying… The amount of glacier loss is just staggering, no?
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