Image: "Warming Stripes" climate visualization based on research by Ed Hawkins
On Friday, June 21, the Summer Solstice, meteorologists across the world will join together to show their support in communicating climate. You'll see many meteorologists wearing a similar pattern to call attention to the effort.
The design (shown above) by University of Reading climate scientist, Ed Hawkins, is a visualization of the global temperature
since records began in the mid 1800s. The colors are simple, showing red (warm) and blue (cool), with each stripe representing the temperature "anomaly" of a single year, ordered from the earliest available data to now. This shows Earth's accelerating warming!
You may see meteorologists wearing items with the visualization (be it a neck tie, earrings, or a coffee mug) to show support in the #MetsUnite movement on Friday, June 21.
More than 100 meteorologists across the globe participated last year.
We interviewed Meteorologist Jeff Berardelli about the initiative this year. He has been the coordinator of the event both last year and again in 2019.
"My hope is that it goes way beyond TV meteorologists this year," explains Berardelli. "Last year meteorologists led the way. This year we have opened it up to the climate-conscious masses by making local stripe visuals for 100's of cities and countries. We hope it sends a united message on how humans have become a force of nature and how fast things are changing."
Related Link: Find your city's stripes here!
"There is still a lack of urgency in the US and worldwide," says Berardelli. "We need as much attention on the the climate challenge as we can to galvanize support for transformative change. Last year we had over 100 TV meteorologists. This year we will have 1000's of both TV mets and regular folks who simply care about the Earth and the future habitability of our planet."
If you'd like to follow along with the conversation, learn more about it, or simply see your local meteorologist participating then follow the hashtag #ShowYourStripes and/or #MetsUnite on social media.
Here are some of the Tweets of broadcast meteorologists in the 'Show Your Stripes' initiative of 2019, and also last year (2018):
For WeatherNation, Meteorologist Steve Glazier