Publication Date January 26, 2016

The blizzard of 2016 was influenced by manmade global warming

United States
Pedestrians fight gusts and whiteout crossing Atlantic Avenue in New York City during the blizzard. Photo: Andy Katz, Pacific Press/Lightrocket

Studies have shown that there's a trend in the Northeast toward more frequent heavy snowstorms, even as average winter temperatures are increasing, in keeping with global warming. There is also a national trend toward more frequent, heavy precipitation events. This shift toward heavier rain and snowstorms has been tied to global warming, which increases air and ocean temperatures and boosts the amount of moisture in the air.