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Global warming pushes air, water temperatures up 1.1C

Date Posted: 2009-09-24

Global warming is impacting Okinawa’s temperatures and the marine environment, and meteorologists say the trend will cause stronger typhoons in coming years.

A newly released report by the Okinawa Meteorological Observatory, the Fukuoka District Meteorological Observatory and the Nagasaki Marine Meteorological Observatory calls the weather changes ‘abnormal’. Global warming is causing the climate to change across the Kyushu, Yamaguchi and Okinawa Districts.

The number of days with temperatures rising above 25C are increasing, with the weather prognosticators saying the mean average is expected to be 1.1C annually. Perhaps more importantly, they note, ocean temperatures have been rising 1.13C over the 100-year period from 1907 ~ 2007, but now local waters are increasing by nearly 2.4C. The worrisome part of the equation, they say, is that Okinawa’s water temperatures are increasing by more than 400% over the oceanwide average temperature rise of 0.5C.

Sea levels have increased 8cm ~ 8.5cm over the past 23 years, spawning a rise in coastal natural disasters and triggering a decline in safety. Meteorologists predict Okinawa’s waters will continue to rise, perhaps doubling compared with past years. Weather forecasters predict the changes will bring much stronger typhoons to the island prefecture.

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