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Global Warming: Summer In The Winter? Sounds Awesome, Right? Not So Much

May 22, 2017
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Do you remember that episode of “Phineas and Ferb” where they made it snow during the summer? They called it S’Winter, and all of the kids slid down huge heaps of snow, built snowmen and had crazy snowball fights in June!

When we were younger, the concept sounded pretty cool. I mean, snow during the hottest time of the year? That sounded amazing to the 12-year-old me! But what if, instead of making it snow during the summer, they made it hot during the winter? That would’ve been even better, right? Well, sure, from an animation standpoint. In real life? Not so much.

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Global warming is going to steal away some of those postcard-perfect weather days in the future, according to a first-of-its-kind projection of nice weather.

On average, Earth will have 10 fewer days of mild and mostly dry weather by the end of the century, the researchers estimate. Some places will get more days perfect for picnics or outdoor weddings, while other places will lose a lot. Rio de Janeiro, Miami and much of Africa are big losers, while Europe and Seattle will gain nicer weather.

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Although Atlanta temperatures didn’t spike high in to the 100s frequently in 2016, consistently hot days made it the warmest ever on record, according to Jordan McLeod at the Southeast Regional Climate Center.

“We didn't necessarily see a bunch of record breaking daily temperatures, you know, 110 or whatever,” said McLeod. “It was just this very persistent pattern of unusual warmth across the southeast that was really the calling card for this year’s pattern.”

On 136 days this year, Atlanta’s high exceeded 85 degrees, McLeod said. That’s about one-third of the year.

The drier, warmer autumn weather that's becoming more common due to climate change may extend summer smog well into the fall in the Southeastern U.S. in the years ahead, according to a study published Monday.

Research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences also suggests a culprit for the smog that many people might not expect: It's the lush woodlands that give much of the South a lovely green canopy. That's because of a natural defense mechanism trees use to protect their leaves from drought conditions.

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Earth's heat is stuck on high.

Thanks to a combination of global warming and an El Nino, the planet shattered monthly heat records for an unprecedented 12th straight month, as April smashed the old record by half a degree, according to federal scientists.

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