Here in the Eugene area, locals are batting down the hatches for an expected “big blow” that will bring the full measure of winter rain, ice and snow to the Pacific Northwest later today.
“In a world where the effect of extreme weather events is becoming more severe and the potential impact of global warming is becoming ever more apparent, the Met Office plays an increasingly vital role worldwide in researching and forecasting these events,” says Met Office chief executive John Hirst during a recent British Broadcasting Company (BBC) report.
Most shocking, states a new Met Office report, is global warming will start to “emerge as a force that everyone on planet Earth will have to reckon with, with the storms in America as a clear indicator that global weather patterns are out of control and extremely dangerous.”
Research by the famed United Kingdom Weather Service, that’s nicknamed “The Met Office,” predicts much of North America and Europe will remain cold and snowy into the New Year.
The United Nations often consults with the Met Office because of its long history of weather forecasting, and because of its work in the area of climate change for more than two decades. The Met Office also works with the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) on serious weather issues, to include the recent winter blast that’s literally frozen much of the U.S.
In turn, the GWPF has dire warnings for all people with its forecasts for 2011.
“There will be parts of the world where life as we know it will be impacted to the point where it no longer will be safe to live. Weather patterns have changed to the point where no human can be fully safe from the results of global warming that, unfortunately, will only get worse,” states the GWPF report following recent winter storm bashing of Europe and the U.S.
One of the reasons why the Met Office is now considered one of the world’s best sources for global weather is a new giant IBM computer the BBC reports “filling two special halls and about the size of two football pitches.”
The new super computer is dedicated to worldwide weather forecasting and 30 times more powerful than any current computer system to predict weather. The computer is located at the Met Office headquarters in Exeter, England.
“The Met Office super computer will offer 15 million megabytes of memory and requires 1.2 megawatts of energy to run,” states a recent BBC report.
An Inconvenient Truth that global weather is getting worse
When “An Inconvenient Truth” was presented here at the University of Oregon a few years ago, former Vice President Al Gore opened his presentation with: “The entire North Polar ice cap is disappearing before our eyes. What do you think is happening?”
Recent massive rain storms in California and Arizona where dams are bursting and rivers raging out of control mirror the massive snow storms in England and other parts of Europe that Gore predicted as “harbingers” of climate change that won’t go away, but just get worse and worse.
Maps in national and international weather centers identify events that foreshow the types of impacts likely to become more frequent and widespread with continued global warming, added Gore who earned an Academy Award for his 2006 documentary An Inconvenient Truth.
Gore says these maps identify events that foreshadow the types of impacts likely to become more frequent and widespread with continued warming.
Future generations may well have occasion to ask themselves, ‘What were our parents thinking? Why didn't they wake up when they had a chance?’ We have to hear that question from them, now,” states Gore in his film about the harbingers of global weather change that the world is experiencing now.
In addition, the internationally famous University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit, located north of London, predicts “warmer climate will bring an increase in precipitation worldwide, especially during winter months.”
The global weather research unit also predicted more heavy rainfalls will increase in the western U.S., in Japan, the former Soviet Union, China and Australia.
As climate change increases the risk of flooding, human changes in land use and land cover will also contribute to the growing risk of flooding, states the research unit that has several major web sites featuring global weather information.
For instance, it predicts the heavy snows in Europe “will only increase, as will flooding in many parts of Europe and America this winter season.”
Moreover, the impact of global warming on North American and European weather patterns has been underestimated, according to researchers at the University of East Anglia in England.
“The Northern Hemisphere Circulation study found that present climate change models - computer representations of the atmosphere, ocean and land surface-have underestimated the changes in air pressure, leading to an underestimate of the impact of global warming on weather patterns,” states the researchers.
In brief, the “world is now facing global warming head-on,” said Gore.