This is what climate change looks like
One of the largest winter storms since the 1950s has hit 30 U.S. states from New Mexico to Maine and now into central and eastern Canada — +100 million people affected, hundreds of thousands without power. Chicago could get buried by more than 60 centimeters (2-ft) of snow — hundreds stranded already.
Climate change is certainly playing a role in this massive storm.
1. Warmer global temps means there is now four per cent more water vapour in the atmosphere which means heavier snowfalls.
2. There is also more energy in the climate system which makes storms more powerful.
3. Finally the melting of the Arctic sea ice is changing wind patterns in the polar regions bring colder, wetter winters to the eastern US and western Europe scientists told me several months ago. (See my previous post East Coast Blizzard and Europe’s Snowmaggddon Reveal Fingerprints of Climate Change
Climate change loads the dice in favour of extreme events.
My latest article on this The Yin and Yang of Climate Extremes We Will See More of. — Stephen
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