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It seems that the blizzard that has crippled the northeast USA, as described in a couple of other threads on this forum, may set some records:

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The snow has ended, the shovels are digging and the children of Greater New York are relishing one of the biggest snowstorms in the region’s history.

Featuring hurricane force winds, near-record accumulations, and very rare “thundersnow” over Manhattan (fast forward this video to the 1:45 mark!) — the Boxing Day Blizzard of 2010 will certainly go down as one for the books. All told, 27 states from South Dakota to South Carolina to Maine received snow totals of an inch or more. Unofficially, Elizabeth, N.J., recorded 31.8 inches of snow — the second most for any location in New Jersey history.

Full-on blizzard conditions were recorded for nine continuous hours at JFK and Newark airports (LaGuardia blizzard-ed for five hours). All three airports remained closed until Monday evening.

With top leaders away on vacation and his state buried under the most snow in 111 years, New Jersey’s Senate president stepped in to declare a state of emergency. Images from across the region showed equal parts elation and frustration.

As Weather Journal predicted Sunday night, the most intense snowfall bands set up directly over the tri-state area — only about 10 miles west of our forecast. Northeast New Jersey received the brunt of this storm, with dozens of reports of snow totals exceeding two feet. One unofficial report of 29 inches from Great Kills, Staten Island, if verified, would rank as one of the greatest snowfall totals in New York City’s recorded history. Elsewhere, Newark Airport officially recorded 24.2 inches of snow, good enough for third all time (behind 1947 and 1996). Central Park officially recorded 20 inches of snow, ranking sixth all time, less than a quarter inch behind the historic 1996 blizzard. See all the spotter-reported snow totals here.


But of course, blizzards like this one have always been a featured predictable consequence of global warming -- I mean man-made climate change -- right?

For example, here's an article from 2006:

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CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, October 4, 2006 (ENS) - Global warming will cause major changes to the climate of the U.S. Northeast if greenhouse gas emissions are not reduced, scientists said today. Warmer annual temperatures, less snow, more frequent droughts and more extreme rainstorms are expected if current warming trends continue, the scientists said in a new study, and time is running out for action to avoid such changes to the climate.

The Northeast's climate is already changing, the report said, as spring is arriving sooner, summers are hotter and winters are warmer and less snowy.

Annual temperatures across the nine states of the Northeast have risen more than 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit since 1970. Winter temperatures, however, have risen much faster - about 3.8 degrees since 1970.

All these changes could accelerate without action to cut greenhouse gas emissions, the report's authors warn.

"The very notion of the Northeast as we know it is at stake," said Dr. Cameron Wake, a research professor at the University of New Hampshire's Climate Change Research Center and co-author of the report. "The near-term emissions choices we make in the Northeast and throughout the world will help determine the climate and quality of life our children and grandchildren experience."


Read the rest if you wish. You will see that the possibility of global warming exacerbating winter storms was so important, that the "Environmental News Service" didn't even mention it! I guess they thought it was hiding in plain sight . . .

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Well...based on "Warming World", a weekly paper dedicated to global warming printed on hemp paper using berry juice rather than ink it says that in six months that snow should be gone due to a warming trend caused by the popution put out by American cars and industries. So if, in six months, that snow is gone then that will be proof that global warming is real. Last thing, the publishers of Warming Weekly remind you that the top edge of the paper is gummed so it can be recycled as rollling papers and since the paper is made of hemp you can roll it in itself.
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