The climate data is undeniable Science. The July 2018 average temperature across the world's land and ocean surfaces was 0.75°C (1.35°F) above the 20th century average of 15.8°C (60.4°F) and the fourth highest for July since global records began in 1880. Nine of the ten warmest Julys have occurred since 2005, with the last four years (2015–2018) among the four warmest on record.The current global weather has never been a more dominant element to all aspects of our very everyday existence. New report, estimates 67% of beaches in Southern California will completely disappear by the year 2100 in response to rising sea heights and erosion. In addition, the same report also estimates that without monumental intervention the average area affected by wildfires in California would increase seventy-seven percent and the frequency of fire over 25,000 acres in coverage would increase by nearly fifty percent. Take the projection to the reality of the moment in knowing that in the month of July, Scientists in Sweden re-established the highest point in the country after the Southern portion of Mount Kenbekaise melted four meters lower between July 2nd and the 31st alone due to unprecedented warmth, leaving the Northern peak as the country’s highest point, with measurements going back to 1880. Closer to home, the temperatures measured daily at the Scripps Pier in San Diego reached an all time record high of 78.8 degrees fahrenheit in early August, where daily measurements have been taken for the last 102 years.
In our very lifetimes we have seen weather evolve from a once a week topic typically occupying a page-eight story in the paper to a daily plethora of trending posts across every form of social media. From our global economy down to our personal daily travel and lifestyle choices, humanities existence is completely interwoven with the weather and its impacts from macro to microscale. Never before has Earth experienced the extremes we are seeing today, our planet is warming rapidly, the balance of our delicate ecosystems have been tilted off axis in ways never before witnessed or recorded.
Having forecasted and reported on weather around the globe for nearly thirty years, Jay Dobensky has been a front line witness to the changing conditions affecting our planet. As an experienced veteran Stormchaser, Jay has willingly placed himself at ground zero of hundreds of severe weather events, including tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards, floods, heat waves and wildfires, simultaneously measuring atmospheric data and conducting invaluable research. Over the last three decades, Jay has provided Meteorologists and Scientists with the critical and data essential for producing more accurate and timely severe weather warnings and ongoing improvements to both long and short range forecasting. He has worked directly with agencies such as the Storm Prediction Center, National Weather Service, National Weather Association, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and others.
Jay serves on the board of ‘Eco-I’, a sustainability-based startup firm, as well as being a board member of the Good Earth Foundation. He is currently co-host of the weekly hour-long livestream program titled ‘Good Earth With Erika Martin and Jay Dobensky’ which is broadcast live at 11AM on Saturdays from the UBN Network studio in Hollywood. Jay serves as an Ambassador for the joint U.S. Department of Commerce and NOAA ‘Weather Ready Nation’ Program. Jay is also a member of the National Weather Association, and will be featured as a keynote speaker at the upcoming 2019 National Weather Association’s Northeastern Storm Conference in New York. He has also been a long time member of the National Weather Service Skywarn Storm Spotter Program, having worked with the NWS Meteorological Northeastern Region team on the improvement of the program itself. His work has been featured on national broadcasts including CNN, ABC World News Tonight, The Weather Channel and Weather Nation, as well as numerous local news outlets across the country.