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Going Out on a Limb: Forecasting Snowier Winters?

Global warming-related Arctic sea ice loss may be one of the key contributors to snowier winters in parts of the Northern Hemisphere, according to a recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study takes an in-depth look at how Arctic sea ice loss may be impacting snowfall in the Midwest, eastern U.S. and parts of Europe and Asia.

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Arctic Sea Ice: Heat Shield Arctic sea ice acts like a heat shield, reflecting most of the sun's energy.

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