Jan 26, 2015

Climate change responsible for super-charging winter storms, scientists say

Washington, DC
USA
by
Suzanne Goldenberg
,
The Guardian
A major winter storm develops over the mid-Atlantic region. The heavier storms of recent years carried the imprints of climate change. Image: Getty
A major winter storm develops over the mid-Atlantic region. The heavier storms of recent years carried the imprints of climate change. Image: Getty

Winters may be getting shorter, but watch out when it does snow: climate change is super-charging storms like the blizzard engulfing the American north-east...The heavier storms of recent years – snowfalls that shut down cities and brought heavy flooding to coastal areas of New England – carried the imprints of climate change...The so-called Snowmageddon of February 2010 also saw unusually high surface temperatures in the Atlantic, with temperatures up to 3F above normal that led to exceptional amounts of moisture being fed into the circulation of the storm and resulted in exceptional snow amounts in the Washington DC area.