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Climate Change Could Mean Increased 'Weather Whiplash'

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Climate System Research Center at UMass Amherst
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    2018 was the wettest year on record in Massachusetts.  The Quabbin Reservoir is at 100.4 percent of capacity – the highest water level since it was built in 1946.

    Just a few years ago, the worry was about drought conditions in much of Massachusetts.

    Scientists attribute what they call “weather whiplash” to climate change.

    With NASA reporting this week that 2018 was the 4th warmest year on record, WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Michael Rawlins, Associate Director of the Climate System Research Center at UMass Amherst.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.
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