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A Warming Planet Can Mean More Snow

February 16th, 2010 02:31 admin Leave a comment Go to comments

Ponca City, We love you writes “NPR reports that with snow blanketing much of the country, the topic of global warming has become the butt of jokes; but for scientists who study the climate, there’s no contradiction between a warming world and lots of snow. ‘The fact that the oceans are warmer now than they were, say, 30 years ago means there’s about on average 4 percent more water vapor lurking around over the oceans than there was… in the 1970s,’ says Kevin Trenberth, a prominent climate scientist. ‘So one of the consequences of a warming ocean near a coastline like the East Coast and Washington, DC, for instance, is that you can get dumped on with more snow partly as a consequence of global warming.’ Increased snowfall also fits a pattern suggested by many climate models, in which rising temperatures increase the amount of atmospheric moisture, bringing more rain in warmer conditions and more snow in freezing temperatures.”

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