27 Jan '15, 7pm

Are extreme blizzards the new normal?

An intense nor’easter is blasting parts of New England with up to three feet of snow, along with strong winds and storm surge in coastal areas. It might seem strange to talk about a major winter storm in the context of a warming world, but as the climate changes, extreme snowfalls may become a bigger proportion of all snowstorms. Simply put, the warmer atmosphere holds more moisture, which can mean more snow as long as temperatures remain cold enough; average snow amounts are actually expected to decrease with warming by 2100, but the most extreme snows won’t drop off quite as quickly. Like other historic nor’easters that have buried cities like New York and Boston in the past , this storm’s potentially record-breaking snows are a product of, well, a perfect storm of atmospheric conditions. The low pressure area at the heart of the storm is tracking along the East Coast in...

Full article: http://grist.org/climate-energy/east-coast-blizzard-clima...

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