MONDAY: U.S., U.K. experts to announce findings from 'Explaining Extreme Events of 2013' report

Report identifies human-caused climate change and/or natural drivers behind 16 major weather events of 2013

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Posted: September 25, 2014

On Monday, September 29, scientists from the U.S. and U.K. will announce key findings from a peer-reviewed study entitled "Explaining Extreme Events of 2013 from a Climate Perspective." The report will feature 22 separate scientific analyses for 16 extreme weather and climate events that occurred in 2013, including:

  • U.S. California Drought
  • U.S. Northeast Colorado Extreme Rains (Sep.)
  • U.S. Seasonal and Annual Mean Precipitation Extremes
  • U.S. South Dakota Blizzard (Oct.)
  • Australian Extreme Heat
  • New Zealand Drought
  • Korean Heat Wave
  • Japanese Heat Waves
  • Chinese Summer Heat
  • Northeast India Extreme Precipitation (Jun.)
  • Western Europe Hot, Dry Summer
  • Southern Europe Wet Winter
  • Upper Danube and Elbe Basins Heavy Precipitation Event (May-Jun.)
  • Western Spanish Pyrenees Extreme Snow Accumulation
  • Cyclone Christian over Germany, Denmark (Oct.)
  • U.K. Cold Spring

The study will be published Monday as special supplement to the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. Three of the four co-editors of the study are from NOAA, another from the U.K. Met Office, and was written by 92 scientists from 14 countries.


Media teleconference for "Explaining Extreme Events of 2013" report


Monday, September 29, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time (U.S.)


  • Thomas R. Karl, L.H.D., director, NOAA's National Climatic Data Center and Chair of the Subcommittee on Global Change Research
  • Stephanie Herring, report lead editor, NOAA's National Climatic Data Center

Other experts on the line:

  • Marty Hoerling, report co-editor, NOAA's Earth System Research Laboratory
  • Peter Stott, report co-editor, U.K. Met Office Hadley Centre
  • Thomas Peterson, co-editor, NOAA's National Climatic Data Center



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The report will be posted online one hour prior to the media teleconference, 10:00 a.m. ET
Slides will available to download one hour prior to the media teleconference, 10:00 a.m. ET.

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