Less than one year ago …..
Scientists: Global warming linked to big U.S. snowstorms
What caused the colossal snowfalls that buried much of the USA this winter, setting snow records in New York City and Chicago? One group of scientists says there’s a link to … global warming.
Counterintuitive though it may be, “heavy snowstorms are not inconsistent with a warming planet,” says Jeff Masters, director of meteorology for the Weather Underground, a private weather service.
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The announcement was made at a news conference on Tuesday in Washington, D.C., by the Union of Concerned Scientists, a non-profit environmental group. It was not published in a peer-reviewed study in an academic journal.
“The old adage, ‘It’s too cold to snow,’ has some truth to it,” said Masters. “A colder atmosphere holds less moisture, limiting the snowfall that can occur.”
At one point this winter, 49 of the 50 U.S. states were partly or completely snow-covered. Only Florida was snow-free.
And now ……
January 2012. Just 5.8 inches of snow for the month, temperatures in Greater Springfield more than four degrees above normal for the month, including no zero-degree days and a nearly 70-degree reading on Jan. 6.
Indeed, it is the winter that global warming promised.