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Extreme Weather 101: Rising Temps & Snowstorms

Extreme Weather 101: Snowstorms

Can a warming planet really play a role in big snowstorms? In Extreme Weather 101, scientist Jay Lawrimore and meteorologist Dan Satterfield detail how increased temperatures can affect the formation of snowstorms that can blanket and paralyze a city.

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By hank_
on December 27th, 2012

I’m sorry, but this is going to be a really tough sell to the average ‘Joe’. People are honestly getting tired of the meme “Global Warmig causes warmer temps, longer droughts AND more severe cold and snowstorms, etc…”. People have stopped listening at this point!

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By Charles Greene (Ithaca, NY 14850)
on January 1st, 2013

For a more detailed discussion of the links between global warming-induced summer sea ice loss in the Arctic and severe winter weather in the US and Europe, see my paper in the December issue of Scientific American (see http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=the-winters-of-our-discontent). There is also an intriguing argument linking global warming-induced summer sea ice loss in the Arctic and the development of hybrid superstorm Sandy (see http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/2012/10/31/frankenstorm-sandy-stitched-together-from-elements-both-natural-and-unnatural/).

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By John Wise (Centreville Ontario K0K 1N0)
on January 3rd, 2013

Hank- Nowhere in this vid do they say global warming will cause “more severe cold”. It says warmer air holds more moisture,meaning there can be heavier snowfalls. You get more snowstorms at temperatures just below freezing than you do at very cold temperatures when the air holds less moisture.

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