Killer Storms, Mild Winters: That's Climate Change
Atmospheric physics are apparently behind it
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 18, 2013 6:13 PM CST
Pedestrians make their way down a road during whiteout conditions in Salisbury, Mass. Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013.   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

(Newser) – Climate skeptics may be chuckling, but scientists say our odd mix of extreme snowstorms and otherwise-mild snowfall is caused by climate change. Apparently it's all atmospheric physics: Lower temperatures give us more rain and less snow, but a warmer atmosphere can retain and drop more moisture, which leads to storms like don't-name-it-Nemo. And man-made global warming is likely behind it all.

Statistics back up the odd feast-or-famine winter weather, the AP reports. Twice as many heavy snowstorms have struck the US in the past half-century than over the previous 60 years; at the same time, the Northern Hemisphere's spring snow cover has dwindled by about 1 million square miles. "Shorter snow season, less snow overall, but the occasional knockout punch," says a Princeton climate scientist. "That's the new world we live in."

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LANmine
Feb 19, 2013 11:43 AM CST
Anyone who thinks all the man made pollution isn't affecting the Earth really needs to go back to grade school. It's very simple: add filth to a clean environment then see how lovely the environment remains. Yes, climate & weather can change, sadly humans won't until it's too late. Have strangers frequent your bathroom without cleaning it & let's see how well that works for you. You don't need to attend Harvard to understand that balance is needed everywhere.
BenDunn
Feb 19, 2013 9:52 AM CST
Lets see, the world is over 5 billion years old and they are using 60 years as a Case study?? This is Science?? No, this is more opinions of more idiots who have an agenda, Green agenda, an agenda to sap as much Green money as they possibly can from saps!
odowd80
Feb 19, 2013 8:39 AM CST
Climate scientists need to convene a meeting a craft a clear, factual statement for all the deniers out there. Might I suggest: "A bullet to the brain stem is fatal."