Posted by: Jeff | February 19, 2010

Goodbye Snow

Warmer weather in the DC area is melting snow at a fast clip, but as the snow banks shrink, here’s one last look back at the epic snowfall of early February:

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Many are ready to see the snow go, but it’s worth remembering that while it fell, it coated the region in a calm and peaceful embrace.

That said, keep in mind that we may be due for other significant winters in the future.  The culprit?  According to National Geographic, potentially climate change:

Attributing snowstorms to warmer weather seems contradictory, but climate scientist Amanda Staudt says relatively warmer weather causes more water to be evaporated from the oceans and thus creates more moisture for winter storms, as long as temperatures remain below freezing.

As for Snowpolaclypse, said Staudt of the National Wildlife Federation in Reston, Virginia, “It’s hard to determine global warming’s effect on any particular storm, but it’s highly unusual to have these really large winter storms in one winter.”

Washington, D.C., for example, has had two two- to three-foot snowfalls this winter—which should be a once-every-300-to-400-years rarity, according to Staudt.

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  1. […] remind George Will that snow only requires temperatures below 32 Fahrenheit, and that warming means greater evaporation (and higher precipitation) than usual.  Good thing we have The New Yorker’s Hendrik […]


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