Be Prepared For More Severe Winter Weather

This morning I read the news that there is currently snow on the ground on 49 out of 50 U.S. states. Even in Hawaii, there is snow. Somehow, the only state in the entire country that is without snow is Florida. And this is probably only because the storms that battered every other state on the entire east coast did not travel that far south.

No doubt, you have heard all about the terrible winter blizzards that have ripped through the country for weeks now, stranding holiday travelers in airports and leaving people without power for days. Actually, now that I am thinking about it, I am sure that you have not only heard about it, but probably experienced it yourself.

So what is the deal with all of this severe winter weather? Well, it is no doubt due to global warming. You may be raising your eyebrows and thinking, “How would global warming cause all this snow?” Well, contrary to popular misconception, global warming does not always equal warmth.

Factually, 2001 to 2010 was the hottest decade ever recorded in history. And The World Meteorological Organization recently reported that 2010 was one of the three warmest years on record. But these recent blizzards should not cause climate change skeptics to feel too triumphant. Because many scientists agree that the unusually high temperatures across the globe and the severe winter blizzards are actually connected.

One theory is that consistently warmer temperatures in the Arctic are leading to colder winters in the northern mid-latitudes. As the Arctic has continued to get warmer and warmer, countries like Britain are getting colder and colder. In fact, Britain just experienced its coldest December on record, while Greenland and Arctic Canada just experienced their hottest years on record. In these areas, the average temperatures were about 5 to 7 degrees F warmer than normal. As a result, the ice in the Arctic sea has continued to shrink. The loss of ice has contributed to an even warmer temperature in the far north, thanks to what is known as the Albedo Effect.

Of course, this is just one theory about global warming and climate change. Not everyone agrees that this is what is causing temperatures and weather patterns to fluctuate from the “norm” all over the entire planet. But regardless of what you think is the cause, the truth of the matter is that adapting to a warmer planet is not going to be easy or pleasant. We must be prepared for what will inevitably continue to be a year (a decade… a millenia…) of harsh and unpredictable weather.

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1 comment so far

  1. Jim on

    What the author of this article needs to understand is that when the idea of global warming first received attention (and credibility) a few years ago, it was because the science seemed to validate the public’s anecdotal experience – that winters of the 1980’s, 90’s and 10’s years weren’t NEARLY as cold or extreme as the winters of the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s.

    Now the last two or three winters have been very bad – even Texas, Alabama and the Carolinas seem to get snow on a regular basis – and I haven’t heard much talk about, or from, Al Gore lately. This whole thing started as a phenomenom of public perception, and it will, likewise, die as phenomenom of public perceptions if scientific theory doesn’t match perceived reality.


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