Analyzing Anomalous Weather

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In recent years, scientists and the general public have become increasingly aware of climate change. Scientists have begun and continue to study historical and geologic records in order to determine natural patterns versus human-induced changes in climate. By studying historical data and recent impacts, scientists may be able to determine consequences people will face now and in the future. One of the potential consequences of the changing climate is an increase in anomalous weather events. By definition, an anomaly is an irregularity, or something that varies from the normal pattern or range. For the purpose of this study, anomalous weather refers to measured temperature and precipitation values which deviate from the normal range for weather in the area of interest. Extreme weather phenomena result in numerous instances of property damage, human displacement, and loss of human life in the United States and globally each year. In recent years, there seems to have been an increase in anomalous weather conditions, such as floods, droughts, severe storms, and high temperatures, among other types of events. Extreme weather episodes affect a range of sectors including agriculture, and food security, water, health, and tourism (Cooney, 2012). Some areas, such as developing countries, are more vulnerable than others due to lack of funds, planning, and infrastructure (Cooney, 2012). However, more needs to be done in all areas in order to prepare for the rising number of these

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