The New York Times ran an article Friday on global warming and its influence on the extreme weather in the US and the Sochi Olympics.  It’s a good round up of how to understand the interactions between global and local weather phenomena:

Global Warming, Winter Weather and the Olympics – Five Leading Climate Scientists Weigh in


There’s a noteworthy letter in today’s edition of the journal Science, titled “Global Warming and This Winter’s Cold Weather,” that aims to cut through the flood of overwrought assertions about recent Northern Hemisphere winter weather in the context of global warming.

It’s written by five leading climate scientists, all of whom have long been reliable guides to a complicated and consequential body of science — John M. Wallace at the University of Washington, Isaac M. Held at the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, David W. J. Thompson at Colorado State University, Kevin E. Trenberth at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, and John E. Walsh at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.  Read more.

To learn more about the science behind global warming, check out the upcoming MITx MOOC, 12.340x Global Warming Science.