Heat waves and floods! A bunch of weather and climate experts have compiled an authoritative list of the "Top Ten global weather events of 2010."
Just before the New Year, we ran a "Year in Review" slideshow of the extreme weather events of 2010. The Christian Science Monitor one-upped us by actually polling a bunch of weather and climate experts to get a very authoritative list of the "Top Ten global weather events of 2010." The criteria:
Voters considered the scope and unusualness of the event, its immediate human and economic impact, and whether it is emblematic of climate trends or variability.
There's plenty of overlap between the lists, but, as the Monitor's version is ranked, and ours was merely chronological, it's well worth checking out what the experts felt were the most important events. For good reason the Russian heat wave, the floods in Pakistan, and 2010 tying for the hottest year on record all ranked high on their list. Check out the whole thing.