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Major snowstorms will continue to occur even as the climate warms. Because warmer air and ocean temperatures are increasing the amount of water vapor in the atmosphere, the odds may favor heavier snow events in some parts of the U.S. compared to just a few decades ago.

A forthcoming paper in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society found there were more than twice the number of extreme regional snowstorms from 1961-2010 in the U.S. as there were in the previous 60 years.

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Thursday, wind power could supply electricity to almost 112,000 pple in the Raleigh area

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The gusts from the winter storm this week may have begun to die, but the winds of March will keep blowing strong for weeks to come. This month is typically one of the windiest times of the year in Raleigh, but that makes it one of the best times for harnessing wind power.

The graphic above shows roughly how much electricity could be generated from wind power in the Raleigh area over the next four days if the region were to develop its wind power potential. Therefore, our calculations are based on what a theoretical 150-turbine farm would generate if it was placed just outside the city. The yellow line tracks the National Weather Service’s wind-speed forecast for Thursday through Sunday. The blue bars represent the potential power output from the wind turbines at this theoretical wind farm, in terms of the number of people those turbines could supply with low-emissions electricity.

On Thursday, which is forecasted to be the windiest of the next four days, wind power could bring electricity to almost 112,000 people.

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