Big Ten Scientists Explain Climate Change and Probability of Extreme Weather

When a string of 80-degree days settled over Chicago in March, we reached out to climate scientists at all 12 Big Ten schools. The result was a compelling Op-ed co-authored by the entire group and worked on through Memorial Day. It looks at extreme weather probability, climate modeling and our changing planet.

Major newspapers in many states that are home to a Big Ten school have published the piece.



“Over the Memorial Day weekend, high-temperature records were set in 16 states. Chicago hit 97 degrees — the hottest May 27 in the city’s 142 years of record-keeping. Cleveland, Detroit, South Bend, Ind., and Toledo, Ohio, all hit record highs as well.” Published June 6, 2012

See the Chicago Tribune Op-ed online

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“Cleveland had it’s warmest March in recorded history as locals swapped winter coats for shorts and enjoyed 80-degree afternoons.” Published June 13, 2012

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“At coffee shops, truck stops and around backyard grills, many people are asking the same question: As the climate changes, can we expect more of this?” Published June 16, 2012

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“There is a strong probability that climate change is influencing certain extreme weather events.” Published June 17, 2012

Download a PDF of the Indianapolis Star Op-ed







“Wednesday will be the first official day of summer, but not the first day of scorching temperatures. The forecast for Tuesday, the last day of spring, called for a high of 97 degrees, which would break a record set 48 years ago” Published June 19, 2012

See the Freep Op-ed online

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“Meanwhile, tornadoes tore through Lincoln County (Neb.), tossing train cars around like children’s toys. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration received 223 reports of tornadoes nationwide, when 80 tornadoes is the March norm. Southwestern Nebraska, Ohio and parts of the Southeast faced a string of tornadoes in early March that caused $1.5 billion worth of damage.” Published June 21, 2012

Download a PDF of the Omaha World-Herald Op-ed




“Summer 2012 is barely a week old, but already Iowans are wondering if we’re headed for a record setting season. Temperatures in Des Moines have flirted with 1934’s record of 102 degrees. It’s been a hot start to 2012.” Published July 2, 2012

Download a PDF of the Des Moines Register Op-ed


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