Connecticut residents have spent the better part of today digging out from--well, a dump of snow. And there's more to come next week. Many residents are wondering where to put all of it because they're running out of space.
There has been record snow fall in this country, including areas that usually never see any. Europe has had record low temperatures. So what happened to global warming? Where's Al Gore when you need him?
Anyone following climate change with any consistency can tell you the warming trends are consistent with the kind of snowstorms we've been seeing lately. In fact, based on an article in The New York Times earlier this week, the Arctic is actually seeing warmer temperatures than normal. The cold air trough is dipping low into the U.S. while warmer air is blowing toward the north. As one northern Canadian resident claimed in reference to the lower 48, "That's where all our snow is going."
See the excerpt below.
Cold Jumps Arctic ‘Fence,’ Stoking Winter’s Fury
By JUSTIN GILLIS
Published: January 24, 2011
"For two winters running, an Arctic chill has descended on Europe, burying that continent in snow and ice. Last year in the United States, historic blizzards afflicted the mid-Atlantic region. This winter the Deep South has endured unusual snowstorms and severe cold, and a frigid Northeast is bracing for what could shape into another major snowstorm this week.
Yet while people in Atlanta learn to shovel snow, the weather 2,000 miles to the north has been freakishly warm the past two winters. Throughout northeastern Canada and Greenland, temperatures in December ran as much as 15 to 20 degrees Fahrenheit above normal. Bays and lakes have been slow to freeze; ice fishing, hunting and trade routes have been disrupted…
The deeper issue is whether this pattern is linked to the rapid changes that global warming is causing in the Arctic, particularly the drastic loss of sea ice. At least two prominent climate scientists have offered theories suggesting that it is. But others are doubtful, saying the recent events are unexceptional, or that more evidence over a longer period would be needed to establish a link.
Since satellites began tracking it in 1979, the ice on the Arctic Ocean’s surface in the bellwether month of September has declined by more than 30 percent. It is the most striking change in the terrain of the planet in recent decades, and a major question is whether it is starting to have an effect on broad weather patterns."
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