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Middle East Wet Winters Disappearing

November 4, 2011

Full Article at http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2011/1028/Global-warming-Middle-East-s-vital-wet-winters-are-disappearing

Global warming: Middle East’s vital wet winters are disappearing

By Pete Spotts

Winter droughts have become increasingly common in the Mediterranean region, particularly over the past 20 years, and a new study finds that global warming has driven at least half of the change.

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Winter storms historically have delivered most of the annual rain and snowfall to the already arid Mediterranean region. Yet precipitation measurements from the region and modeling studies point to a relatively rapid shift in the winter rain and snowfall trends that began in the 1970s, according to the study.

That change could signal that the region “has moved into a new climate regime,” says Martin Hoerling, a scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Earth Systems Research Laboratory in Boulder, Colo., and the study’s lead author.

Full Article at http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2011/1028/Global-warming-Middle-East-s-vital-wet-winters-are-disappearing

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  1. Anonymous permalink
    November 10, 2011 5:54 am

    Of course this is happening. I live in Southern Ontario in Canada and the fall weather has changed dramtically. This year we are experiencing almost summer temperatures at a time when it should be becoming very cold.

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