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A Half-Century History (1961-2010) of Severe Storms Over China

Paper Reviewed
Zhang, Q., Ni, X. and Zhang, F. 2017. Decreasing trend in severe weather occurrence over China during the past 50 years. Scientific Reports 7: DOI: 10.1038/srep42310.

In introducing their recent study of this important subject, Zhang et al. (2017) describe how they obtained and analyzed continuous and coherent severe weather reports from 580 manned observation stations spread throughout China over the past five decades, all of which have maintained continuous minute-to-daily records of severe weather events from 1961 to 2010, and all of which are additionally deemed to be official climatological observing stations certified by the World Meteorological Organization, along with their many weather records that are based on observations provided by "professionally-trained meteorological observers." And what has this massive undertaking revealed?

In the words of the authors, they say their study reveals "a significant decreasing trend in severe weather occurrence across China during the past five decades." More specifically, they state that "the total number of severe weather days that have either thunderstorm, hail and/or damaging wind decrease about 50% from 1961 to 2010." And once again we thus have another real-world example of nature pretty much refuting the dire climate change predictions of the world's global warmers.

Posted 8 August 2017