Florida Climate Change Study Released

By: Nate Harrington Email
By: Nate Harrington Email

Climate change and global warming have now become household phrases, with many people fearing the worst.

But scientists from five different institutions from around Florida, including Florida State, just released a study that turns a global topic, into a local one.

Vasu Misra, FSU Meteorologist says, "Every so often, La Nina or El Nino affect you probably in the same way that climate change will probably affect you 80 years down the lane."

Because of La Nina, North Florida is in the middle of an extreme drought, seeing rainfall more than 25 inches below average since the start of the year.

Evidence of a drier than normal year are all around us, including right behind me in the Apalachicola National Forest. Climatologists say you can't blame one single year on global climate change, they do say it is timely for a study like this to be released.

The southeast U.S. is a perfect "natural laboratory" to test climate change theories according to FSU climatologists.

Some theories say recent drought and possibly stronger than normal hurricanes could result if current trends continue.

Mark Powell, NOAA Scientist says, "It doesn't necessarily mean damage will go up, because damage from a storm depends on how large the storm is, but it's something we have to be very concerned about."

But scientists do hope everyone will do their part to ensure we won't be concerned about climate change in the future.


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  • by JIM Location: TALLY on Dec 11, 2011 at 04:31 PM
    PEOPLE WHO BELIEVE IN GLOBAL WARMING AND SCIENTIST ARE PEOPLE WHO THINK THAT IF YOU CAN'T ''BAFFLE PEOPLE WITH BRILLIANCE--DAZZLE THEM WITH BS''
  • by Anonymous on Dec 5, 2011 at 11:24 AM
    Excuse to slow down the economy in Florida and make money with regulations!
  • by Anonymous on Dec 5, 2011 at 07:28 AM
    Smoke more reefer.
  • by Gerry Location: Tallahassee on Dec 5, 2011 at 06:04 AM
    Sometimes I wish I were an ignorant, white, Tea Party cracker. Because you can win an argument from other ignorant, white, Tea Party crackers by using the word "librul" as a pejorative. When ice is formed, gases from the atmosphere are trapped. Jesus was the son of God, died and was resurrected. How about that? That's entertainment! Science has given you the Concorde, the Internet, cellphones, and polio vaccines. Faith has given you, um, priests.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 5, 2011 at 10:01 AM in reply to Gerry
      When you can't win an argument with facts, just resort to ad hominem attacks.
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        by Gerry on Dec 5, 2011 at 10:59 AM in reply to
        Is this the same dishonest Anonymous or a different dishonest Anonymous? I'm not sure that talking about liberal science and liberal math is intellectually honest. Posting as Anonymous is intellectually dishonest, isn't it? When you have no argument whatsoever, post your whining as Anonymous.
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          by Anonymous on Dec 5, 2011 at 01:25 PM in reply to Gerry
          Thanks for verifying my comment.
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          by Gerry on Dec 5, 2011 at 08:38 PM in reply to Gerry
          You're are posting as Anonymous because you want to lie or deceive. Isn't that obvious? Consider talk radio. A local talk radio show has frequent callers who may be unknown to you and to the host, but they are unique and identifiable by voice. If you post here more than once, as Anonymous, it is because you are intellectually dishonest and a liar and don't want to have your past statements attributable to you.
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          by Gerry on Dec 5, 2011 at 08:40 PM in reply to Gerry
          @Anonymous It's impossible to verify that it IS your comment. That's the point, isn't it?
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        by Andrew Lane on Dec 12, 2011 at 12:21 PM in reply to
        Faith is evidence of things unseen. Science is evidence of things seen. Denying science will continue to only hurt faith. We are looking like fools, all day long. Christians have believed a lie that global warming is a socialist conspiracy. This has been put forth by careless pundits wanting to score points and careless fossil fuel companies that want to continue to make money, even if it hurts our future. News flash: global warming is real, and absolute capitalism is as terrible as absolute socialism. So don't be so extreme and don't be so gullible.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 5, 2011 at 12:12 PM in reply to Gerry
      Gases are trapped in ice when it is formed. Now proving that the ice is 20 years old or 20,000 years old or 2 million years old is where many scientists disagree. The liberals take one study with some trapped gases in some ice and STATE AS A 100% ASSURED FACT that the ice is 800,000 years old. Prove it and scientists opinions are a dime a dozen too.
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        by Gerry on Dec 5, 2011 at 08:47 PM in reply to
        @Anonymous If you listen to Creationists, you'll think there is some kind of scientific disagreement about Evolution. There isn't. Scientific opinions are a dime a dozen, so it would be much smarter to listen to somebody posting anonymously on the Internet and intending to deceive. Are you a scientist? How often does "liberal" show up in a scientific paper? Is "liberal" a scientific term? You're not a scientist. You're an ignorant, white Tea Party cracker.
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          by Anonymous on Dec 6, 2011 at 03:42 AM in reply to Gerry
          Is this really Gerry and Gerry who? Throwing your sucker in the dirt because your "facts" cannot be proved is becoming common for you,
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          by Gerry on Dec 6, 2011 at 07:35 AM in reply to Gerry
          @ Anonymous Cannot be proved to whom? By someone squirrelly who posts Anonymously so they can one day ignorantly disparage Evolution and the next day question Anthropocentric Global Warming and not have their denial of the former make their doubt of the latter suspect?
  • by Congressional caucus of No on Dec 4, 2011 at 03:43 PM
    Head in the sand
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      by Anonymous on Dec 4, 2011 at 03:58 PM in reply to Congressional caucus of No
      sometimes no prevents bunches of problems
  • by Galileo Location: Fernandina on Dec 4, 2011 at 03:27 PM
    67% of Republicans don't belieave in evolution. Why would waste your time discussng science with them? It is like arguing with a drunk in a bar.
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      by Sid on Dec 4, 2011 at 04:11 PM in reply to Galileo
      I don't have enough faith to believe in Charles Darwin's theory either. However, I'm a liberal, (progressive), supporter of our Christian President, who's one of our greatest. I don't agree with the Republicans on most everything but please don't ridicule them based on their faith.
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        by Anonymous on Dec 5, 2011 at 06:55 AM in reply to Sid
        You actually believe obama is a Christian??? Wow... You need help... Dude is a Muslim looking to destroy america. Look at how he dictates like a coummunist. Open your freaking eyes!!!
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          by Comments! on Dec 5, 2011 at 11:48 AM in reply to
          In Soviet Russia, Dictator write down what you say! Is that what it means to dictate like a communist? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yakov_Smirnoff
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        by Anonymous on Dec 5, 2011 at 07:26 AM in reply to Sid
        You lost me when you said our current president was 'one of our greatest' when he is arguably the worst in US history.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 5, 2011 at 05:10 AM in reply to Galileo
      Science is not about faith. Faith has no role in science. Religion is about faith and folkways. Faith is a necessary componet of religion. I don't ridicule people about their religious beliefs. I mock them about there lack of understanding of science
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        by Anonymous on Dec 5, 2011 at 11:04 AM in reply to
        Well I mock you for your use of the word "there" when it should have been "their." If you are going to be mocking someone's understanding of a topic, you might try not sounding like an idiot yourself.
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        by Anonymous on Dec 5, 2011 at 12:14 PM in reply to
        you have to have faith to believe that a bone dug up can really positively be identified as dinosaur that is 300 million years old......no faith required at all.
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          by Gerry on Dec 5, 2011 at 11:37 PM in reply to
          Were there dinosaurs 300 million years ago? There is supposed to have been a gigantic extinction event about 250 million years ago, and dinosaurs diverged from their archosaur ancestors about 230 million years ago.
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          by Anonymous on Dec 6, 2011 at 07:27 AM in reply to
          exactly the point...who knows? and if no one knows why is being reported as fact by the liberals
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          by Gerry on Dec 6, 2011 at 08:17 AM in reply to
          @Anonymous That's what I say: who knows? Who knows if Jesus was stinking dead and decaying and putrefying all day Saturday and then was alive and smelling like cologne on Sunday? Who knows? And if nobody knows, why do Christians report this as fact?
  • by Gerry on Dec 4, 2011 at 07:34 AM
    This is not really Gerry, my real name is Homer.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 4, 2011 at 08:13 AM in reply to Gerry
      Thank you for sharing that with us today.
  • by wdp on Dec 4, 2011 at 06:41 AM
    Consider a river of oil flowing over Niagara falls at the same rate as water, and set it on fire. Huge black plumes. Let it continue for 6.5 years. You have the amount of oil consumed over just the last 30 years. Another way to look at it is in terms of the Gulf oil spill. Consider tomorrow, there are one million spills throughout the world. This is the only climate event directly caused by overpopulation of a life form and not a natural occurence. Nature find a way to balance.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 4, 2011 at 05:31 AM
    "Under my plan of a cap-and-trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket," Barack Obama
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      by President Obama on Dec 4, 2011 at 06:23 AM in reply to
      but maybe not. I'll give visionary leadership that we've needed since the Arab oil embargo of 1973. Every president has made promises but I am making actions. I'd like to do more but the do-nothing Congress blocks my every move. Let's move forward to alternative energy and be less dependent on George W's oil "friends" in the "friendly" Middle East.
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        by Anonymous on Dec 4, 2011 at 07:09 AM in reply to President Obama
        I will tax the productive, job producing, highly taxed energy sector companies even more, crush jobs growth in the US, and send all the new tax money to China to buy solar panels that don't produce near enough power and we will still buy most of our oil from our enemies in the middle east..... true leadership from the community activist in chief.
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          by Anonymous on Dec 4, 2011 at 08:12 AM in reply to
          Or, we can just have more of the same. More oil from the folks that love us in the Middle East, more wars to protect our oil sources, less taxes to keep our infrastructure sound, etc.
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          by Anonymous on Dec 4, 2011 at 10:09 AM in reply to
          Since the US has twice the oil in the ground here that the Saudis have, since the US has more natural gas than we can use right now, since the US has the largest coal deposits of anywhere in the world and projected at 300 years, and since the US has uranium deposits in abundance, we could just hire all our unemployed workers to start reaping the benefits of our own natural resources. Unemployment solved, trade deficit solved, tax revenue increased, government outlays decreased......the only thing lacking is leadership from the community activist in chief and his supporters like you.
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          by Anonymous on Dec 4, 2011 at 10:16 AM in reply to
          Funny anonymous number two. According to you, we can have more of the same and import all our oil from the middle east, or we can choose your way and spend a bunch of money with the communist chinese for green energy and still buy all our oil from the middle east, your choice is even worse.
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        by Anonymous on Dec 5, 2011 at 07:08 AM in reply to President Obama
        Obama, Why is it that people are falling off the electricity grid by themselves everyday by building their own permanant magnet motors, But yet the govt is pushing, wind, solar, gas, nuclear, ect.... Permanant magnet motors run all the time and will work in the corner of our basements. Hell, they will work for about everything right down to tools. Or what bout Nicoli Tesla's infamous electric generating device that was created almost 100 years ago? Im guessing because our gov't and all their freinds aren't interested in saving the planet, But hording the dividends amongst theirselves.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 4, 2011 at 03:42 PM in reply to
      forget the Chinese...let's fund, develop, manufacture then install our OWN green energy and become ENERGY INDEPENDENT! ...Congress says: "bad idea"
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        by Anonymous on Dec 4, 2011 at 03:58 PM in reply to
        it is a bad idea if congress is pushing for it and paying for it.......have you already forgotten about solyndra? now if private companies can build em here and make money and pay taxes and hire workers....more power to em
  • by Gerry Location: Tallahassee on Dec 4, 2011 at 04:08 AM
    The Earth didn't have 1 billion humans until 1804, and didn't have 3 billion humans until 1960. Now it has 7 billion humans. Of course, climate change has always occurred. There are now a billion cars worldwide. If a billion cars and 7 billion humans aren't affecting climate, what numbers do you think would?
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      by Anonymous on Dec 4, 2011 at 06:05 AM in reply to Gerry
      The sun has dormant and excited periods which greatly increases/decrease watts/sq meter absorbed by earth.
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        by Ifonly on Dec 4, 2011 at 01:15 PM in reply to
        Too bad that we're currently in a dormant solar period. If temperatures have been rising despite the sun "cooling down", then just imagine what happens when the sun switches over to an excited period.
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          by Anonymous on Dec 5, 2011 at 05:26 AM in reply to Ifonly
          how many watts/sq meter have been absorbed this last decade vs historical averages? thought so
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          by Charles on Dec 5, 2011 at 05:44 AM in reply to Ifonly
          What are you talking about, the sun is experiencing its most active period, called "solar max" right now.
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        by Talking to a fool on Dec 5, 2011 at 09:33 AM in reply to
        we are currently in a solar maximum, and that does not effect the temperature of the sun it increases solar flares which throw sun plasma at us and in other directions. the suns temp does not change for a few more billion years.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 4, 2011 at 06:08 AM in reply to Gerry
      Increased levels of CO2 creates faster plant growth which increases adsorption of CO2 and creates more food
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        by Charles on Dec 5, 2011 at 05:48 AM in reply to
        Unfortunately the earth dosen't have enough plant life to absord 1/2 of the co2 that is being released into the atmosphere, and the fact that 100 acres of forest dissapear every week isn't helping.
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          by Anonymous on Dec 5, 2011 at 02:14 PM in reply to Charles
          old growth forest absorbs very little carbon and in fact starting new growth forest or planting grass has a much bigger impact....cut em all down
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        by Talking to a fool on Dec 5, 2011 at 09:34 AM in reply to
        if we weren't cutting down the trees
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      by Gerry on Dec 4, 2011 at 07:30 AM in reply to Gerry
      The concentration of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, in Earth's atmosphere is now 392 parts per million, higher than at any time in the last 800,000 years.
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        by Anonymous on Dec 4, 2011 at 10:11 AM in reply to Gerry
        as reported by liberal scientists paid by a liberal government.....love how you liberals report theories as facts to promote your one world order
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        by Not Homer-Gerry on Dec 4, 2011 at 11:14 AM in reply to Gerry
        I'd love to see the test results from 800,000 years ago. Can I google them?
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          by Gerry Jr (not anonymous) on Dec 4, 2011 at 12:39 PM in reply to Not Homer-Gerry
          HAHAHAHAHA....Gerry again speaks of facts he cannot prove.
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          by Talking to a fool on Dec 5, 2011 at 09:35 AM in reply to Not Homer-Gerry
          yes you can because rocks and dirt tell us about the record millions of years ago 800,000 years is nothing to find out if you want to
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        by Gerry on Dec 4, 2011 at 03:53 PM in reply to Gerry
        You find ice that formed 800,000 years ago. You compare it to ice that formed more recently.
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          by Anonymous on Dec 4, 2011 at 04:48 PM in reply to Gerry
          again the liberal scientist say it is 800k years old...you cannot prove it and you were not there, and they still cannot figure out how a p38 ended up 270 feet under the ice after only 60 years
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          by Gerry on Dec 4, 2011 at 08:29 PM in reply to Gerry
          Ice in Antarctica is several miles thick in places. Nobody saw Adam and Eve, and those two wrote nothing down. Their story is written in the Bible by God and is true. Where do they keep the original stone tablets with the Ten Commandments?
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          by Anonymous on Dec 5, 2011 at 06:33 AM in reply to Gerry
          6000000000 years old and several miles thick vs 270 feet in 60 years....again your liberal math does not work
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          by Talking to a fool on Dec 5, 2011 at 09:39 AM in reply to Gerry
          it has been proved the problem is you fools ignore the proof then say "there is no proof." let me help you the proof we breath oxygen is we have lungs. this is a reply to by Anonymous on Dec 4, 2011 at 07:48 PM
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          by Anonymous on Dec 5, 2011 at 12:17 PM in reply to Gerry
          prove what an amoeba breathed and consumed 2 billion years ago....i have no problem knowing that we breathe oxygen today
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          by Gerry on Dec 6, 2011 at 07:40 AM in reply to Gerry
          @Anonymous I wasn't talking about the life cycle of amoebas from 2 billion years ago. Why are you? I was talking about ice that formed less than 1 million years ago. Can you understand that 2 billion is 2,000 times 1 million?
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