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Overestimating the Human Influence on the Economic Costs of Extreme Weather Events

Estimating the human influence on extreme weather events and their economic costs is relevant to many policy discussions around climate change including those that concern the social cost of carbon. There are many different ways to estimate the economic costs … Continue reading

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Meteorology and Climatology of Wind and Solar Droughts

We have a paper out on a field of increasing importance in meteorology: The analysis of synoptic-scale extreme reductions in wind and solar power energy resources (i.e., wind and solar “droughts”). If you like talks more than papers here is … Continue reading

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Claims in “How Climate Migration Will Reshape America” vs. observational data

A few people asked me about the accuracy of a recent NY Times Magazine / NY Times Daily Podcast story “How Climate Migration Will Reshape America”. It contains plenty of interesting discussion on e.g., property insurance under a changing climate … Continue reading

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Tipping Points in the Climate System

Lecture on tipping points in the climate system from my frosh, general education level Global Warming course.

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Seasonal Prediction of Particularly-Impactful Hot Days

My talk on this research at the American Meteorological Society’s Annual Meeting. PTBrown_AGU_2019_Poster AGU E-Poster

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Net Economic Impact of UN Global Warming Mitigation Targets


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This video is a visual explanation of meteorological Skew-T, Log-P sounding diagrams (aka thermodynamic diagrams)

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Why is concern about global warming so politically polarized?

As a climate scientist, I often hear it bemoaned that the public discussion of human-caused global warming is so politically polarized (Pew Research, 2019). The argument goes that global warming is simply a matter of pure science and thus there … Continue reading

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Daily, Seasonal, Annual and Decadal Temperature Variability on a Single Graph

The graph above is a record of temperature from 1950-2017 for New York City. What is unique about this graph is that it shows daily, seasonal, annual and decadal temperature variability on a single Y-axis, revealing how their magnitudes compare. … Continue reading

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El Nino’s influence the upcoming season’s global land temperatures

The El-Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) is the preeminent mode of global climate variability on timescales of months to several years. El Niño events cause temporary elevations in global average temperatures, and in the context of background global warming from increasing … Continue reading

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