To the editor:
I was disappointed to read the comments of NWS meteorologist Ed Calianese related to climate change in the June 9 News Press article “Some doubt climate change to blame for floods.” Scientific models of climate change overwhelmingly show that patterns of severe weather like the concentrated rainfall, flooding, and squall line tornadoes that impacted large areas of Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas in May ARE predictable effects of climate change.
Mr. Calianese misleads readers with his statement: “There’s not just one reason you can point to. Weather doesn’t work that way.” Certainly no single weather event should be claimed as caused by climate change alone. But blurring the distinction between weather and climate is misleading and contributes to public confusion about climate change.
I depend on meteorologists and emergency management personnel to spread the scientific consensus that climate change is happening, so that the public and community leaders can make wise decisions about restricting development in flood-prone areas, improving flood/water management, and other adaptive strategies in this era of climate change.
By providing honest and realistic assessments of risk, the general public will be motivated to participate in preparedness and prevention efforts to minimize climate disruption while our society transitions to a low carbon future.
For readers who want to learn about climate change, I recommend “Global Weirding,” an excellent You Tube series that explains climate change in layperson’s terms produced by Dr. Katherine Hayhoe, an internationally acclaimed climate scientist in Lubbock, Texas http://katharinehayhoe.com/wp2016/.
Take advantage of this important information to empower yourself – learn what each of us can do to reduce the dangers of climate change – and to focus on climate change solutions together.