A paper published today in Environmental Research Letters reconstructs climate extreme events between 1500 and 2009 from tree ring data throughout Europe and shows extreme events have been relatively less common over the past 30 years in comparison to the past 2 centuries. The data also shows the 20th century [1900-2009] had 24 years with the climate extreme index at 2 or greater vs. 27 years during the 19th century. The paper adds to several other peer-reviewed papers demonstrating that extreme weather is less common with global warming.
Note from the paper:
"In the pre-instrumental period, spatial patterns of reconstructed growth extremes become less distinct with decreasing site replication back in time. Yet—while we refrain from making direct comparisons with early instrumental data (e.g. Bohm¨ et al 2010)—it is clear from our results that climatically driven and spatially pervasive extensive growth extremes occurred in Europe during the past centuries."
Flurin Babst1, Marco Carrer2, Benjamin Poulter3, Carlo Urbinati4, Burkhard Neuwirth5 and David Frank1,6Show affiliations