Meteorologist on Climate Change: 'It's Raining Harder Out There'

By Melanie Arter | December 16, 2011 | 9:56am EST

Tourists stand on the beach during the approach of Tropical Storm Rina on Playa del Carmen, Mexico, Thursday Oct. 27, 2011. Rina was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm after it threatened to be a Category 3 storm. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

( Meteorologist Jim Cantore of The Weather Channel predicted that the world will see more extremes in weather, a possible side effect of so-called climate change.

During a Newsmaker Luncheon at the National Press Club on Wednesday, Cantore was asked how relevant the issue of climate change is to his “day-to-day duties” and whether it changes “the business of forecasting on a short-term basis.”

“If you look at today’s dollars and you go back to the 1980s, we averaged about $1 billion disaster a year. In the 2000s, we’ve averaged almost five, and in the last two years, we’ve averaged $7.5 billion disasters per year. So, we’ve seem more extremes, and we’re … going to continue to see more extremes,” Cantore said.

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“So what I know is the earth’s atmosphere system is really a very intricate one. I mean you know, the sun heats things differently at the equator than it does the poles. So the earth tries its best to just keep it equilibrium and keep it status quo, unless it’s interrupted. Then it fiercely tries to get back where it was,” he said.

Cantore pointed to the recent heat waves in Russia and Europe and the floods in Pakistan and India.

“And being a guy who stands out in the rain all the time, it rains, it’s raining harder out there. And that’s really weird. It’s not scientific, but when I’m out there in it, it just seems to be raining a lot harder. More water vapor means more rainfall,” he said.

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