The Gulf of Maine Council’s Climate Network produces a quarterly e-bulletin with information on regional climate adaptation events and resources, including the Gulf of Maine Region Quarterly Climate Impacts and Outlook. Each season, US and Canadian meteorologists share data and collaboratively plan the Outlook, which offers an engaging two-page snapshot of the past season’s events and anomalies; discusses weather impacts on the region’s ecosystems and economy; and offers a forecast for the coming three months. For those who work in sectors ranging from transportation and emergency management to fisheries, forestry and farming, the Outlook provides insight into both short-term weather and longer-term climate trends. These joint e-publications are issued every March, June, September and December: sign up here to receive the Climate Network bulletin and Gulf of Maine Region Quarterly Climate Impacts and Outlook.
Precipitation from extreme events in the GOM region has increased 74 percent since 1958 (NOAA). Extreme weather already poses economic and ecological challenges, and these events are expected to grow more frequent in coming decades, with precipitation increasing 5-9 percent (IPCC 2013).
Credit: Sherry Godlewski
What’s Climate Change and What’s Just the Weather?
This one-minute animation by Ole Christoffer Haga, produced by Teddy TV for the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation, clearly and humorously illustrates the difference between long-term climate trends and variable weather patterns.