For those who think extreme snow fall and precipitation events somehow disprove climate change, I’d direct them to the following graph:
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA):
Rising ocean surface temperatures already have increased the temperature and moisture content of the air passing over the United States, setting the stage for heavier snow and rain storms. Global warming has increased the risk of dumping heavier precipitation — as rain or snow — over most land regions that experience storms.
In the U.S., the region that has experienced the highest increase in heaviest precipitation is the Northeast over the last half century. According to NOAA, the Northeast saw a 74 percent increase in the amount of precipitation that fell during the heaviest rain and snow events between 1958 and 2011.
Yes, you read correctly: a 74% increase in the “the amount of precipitation that fell during the heaviest rain and snow events between 1958 and 2011.”
The science isn’t really that hard to understand: increased moisture in the atmosphere and changes to the climate will lead to an increased number of extreme – if not record-breaking - precipitation events.
Or in English, blizzards and rainfall that comes with an increased frequency and intensity.
Think of a kettle on the stove: as the water begins to boil, steam pours from the spout. Now what if the kettle is sitting inside a hutch or locked cabinet? The steam will hit the roof, condense and fall back down.
Now translate these well understood physics to the climate system: as temperatures rise over time, more moisture content is present in the air. It has nowhere else to go, except down…
And when it comes down on major cities or heavily populated areas it causes black outs, transport chaos and devastation.
Or – we could pretend it is not happening.
Who’s laughing now?