Experts to announce findings from 'Explaining Extreme Events of 2014' report

Report identifies whether human activities and/or natural drivers were behind 29 major weather events in 2014

Posted November 3, 2015

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On Thursday, November 5, scientists will announce key findings from a peer-reviewed study entitled "Explaining Extreme Events of 2014 from a Climate Perspective." This fourth edition is the most extensive yet, with 33 different research groups exploring the causes of 29 different weather and climate events that occurred in 2014, including:

  • North American fire (California), cold weather/storms (U.S.) and floods (Canada)
  • South American heat waves and drought (Brazil, Argentina)
  • European extreme rainfall (United Kingdom, France) and heat
  • Middle Eastern Drought (Southern Levant Region)
  • African Drought (East Africa, Horn of Africa) 
  • Asian Drought (SW & NE Asia), flooding (Indonesia), heat (Korea & China) and snow (Himalayas)
  • Australasia extreme rainfall (New Zealand) and heat waves (Australia) 
  • Tropical cyclone activity in the Pacific and Atlantic
  • Antarctic sea ice extent
The study will be published Thursday as special supplement to the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. Three of the five co-editors of the study are from NOAA, one from the U.K. Met Office, one from the World Meteorological Organization, and was written by scientists from more than 20 countries.


Media teleconference for "Explaining Extreme Events of 2014" report


Thursday, November 5, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. EST


  • Stephanie Herring, report lead editor, NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information

Other experts on the line:

  • Marty Hoerling, report co-editor, NOAA's Earth System Research Laboratory
  • James Kossin, report, co-editor, NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information
  • Peter Stott, report co-editor, U.K. Met Office Hadley Centre 


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The final report and slides for the media call will be posted online one hour prior to the media teleconference, 11:00 a.m. EST, at:

Note to media: The report co-editors will conduct the conference call from multiple locations in the U.S. (Asheville, NC, and Boulder, CO) and the U.K. (Exeter, Devon) and will have limited capacity for on-camera interviews.  



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