The year of 2013 is expected to bring various climatic challenges. The climate change in 2013 predictions arrives from the different trends that were observed over the last few years. In 2012, people all over the world witnessed the havoc caused by Hurricane Sandy and even the hottest month in US since the government started keeping temperature records. Even though it is quite hard to predict with one hundred percent accuracy about weather events, the factors that are taken into consideration indicate high possibility of the occurrence of various natural phenomenon. As per predictions the year 2013 is expected to witness different climatic changes like those listed below.
Weather Will Continue Getting Warmer
Based on different scientific studies and research, an upward trend is observed in temperature records. The serious concerns of global warming continue to persist and as a result of that more heat is entering the atmosphere rather than leaving it. Even though El Nino conditions might not develop this year but in case it develops, the temperature will reach new record breaking figures.
Persistence of Droughts
Drought is expected to be a big concern when it comes to climate change in 2013. Studies show that the south-western part of the United States which had earlier been devastated with droughts in 2012 will more likely get more droughts this year.
Coverage of Arctic Ice Expected to Remain Low
Last year in the month of September record minimum was recorded for Arctic ice. Therefore, it is quite clear that majority of ice in Arctic present now is fresh ice as huge quantities of ice which was older melted last year. The fresh ice is thin and more prone to melt during summers. This means that ice depletion will be considerably high in 2013 too. Recent research shows that extent of Arctic ice is decreasing at the rate of 13 percent every decade.
Sea Level Will Rise and Frequency of Storms Will Increase
Low lying areas will continue to be at risk. Climate change in 2013 might result in greater number of storms, intense rains and rising sea-levels. Predicting such weather phenomenon is difficult but climatic change makes them more likely. The level of the sea since the year 1880 has risen by eight inches and the process continues.
‘Spring’ is expected to arrive earlier while ‘Fall’ will delay. The main reason behind such seasonal shifts is mainly because of different climatic changes. The rainfall patterns and duration of day affects seasonal changes. The leaves on the trees stay for few more days than what used to happen in the 80’s. The overall prediction is that the future has longer summers in store for us.