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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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is typically one of the windiest times of the year in , but that makes it one of the best times for harnessing wind power.

The graphic above shows roughly how area over the next four days The yellow line tracks the National Weather Service’s forecast for Thursday through Sunday. The blue bars represent the potential power output from the wind turbines at , in terms of the number of people those turbines could supply with low-emissions electricity

On , which forecasted to be the windiest of the next four days, wind power could bring electricity to people.

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