A Canadian weatherman has made a bold prediction that people who live in the United States will have to be “woken up by the storm” to see a change in their weather patterns.
In an interview with CBC News, Tom Dickens, a former Canadian Meteorological Office director, said that people in the U.S. will face “a lot of changes” in the coming decades because of climate change.
“There’s going to be a lot of change in the weather over the next 10 to 20 years,” Dickens said.
“If you look at the last 50 years, we’ve had a lot more warming than the previous 50 years.”
He said that because of warming temperatures, it’s been more than 20 degrees Fahrenheit (nine degrees Celsius) in some areas and as high as 39 degrees Fahrenheit in others.
“I think the fact that we’re going to see it is a good sign because it means we’re dealing with something we don’t expect,” he said.
Dickens made his prediction in an interview this week with CBC’s Power & Politics, saying that it’s “pretty much impossible” to predict how weather is going to change in 50 years.
“You can only forecast so much before you get to the point where you’re like, ‘Well, it’ll be different’,” he said, adding that there are no firm numbers on how much warmer the U of T will be by the end of the century.
“We’re going into a period of rapid change,” Dickenson said.
Dickson said the only way to predict the weather is to be prepared.
“What you want to do is look at what’s happening in the past, look at where you live and you try to anticipate what’s going on in the future,” he added.
“But the biggest challenge for weather forecasters is the lack of information.”
Weather experts have warned that the heatwave that hit the U: Canada in early April was not unusualThe last time that Canada experienced a heatwave was in the late 1990s.
Dickens says it’s not uncommon for the country to experience heatwaves in the middle of the year.
“That’s the kind of thing you want your forecasters to be looking for,” he told Power & Parenthood.
“You can make predictions for that, but you don’t want to be too quick to make a prediction.”
The Canadian Weather Bureau said that temperatures were at their highest on record on April 4.
In the United Kingdom, temperatures reached 36.2 degrees Celsius (101.4 degrees Fahrenheit), while the Canadian coast was recorded at 46.7 degrees Celsius and the Atlantic at 46 degrees Celsius.