Climate models and even weather forecast models are easily misunderstood and just don't seem to get much respect, but they should.
Computer models clearly make the climate and weather forecaster's job a lot easier than it would be without them.
The number of models that are used has increased tremendously over the past few decades due to stronger, more efficient computing power and this has led to greater forecast accuracy.
It is no surprise that it takes some of the largest supercomputers in the world to run these weather and climate forecast models.
So, how do climate models work?
Thanks to an excellent slide presentation (click link below) from the National Academy of Sciences we have the answers. Once you go to the link, scroll down about a quarter of the page and click the slide presentation. I encourage you to check it out.
Evidence of climate change.
No surprise, August 2016 was the warmest August on record for global land/ocean surface combined, according to NOAA.
For an unprecedented 11th straight month a new record high monthly global temperature has been set.
There are major metropolitan areas along the coast that are actually sinking at a higher rate than oceans are rising.
New research looks at the influence of climate change on mid-latitude storm tracks.
As the planet warms there may be less impact on drought than previous studies have shown.