Earlier this month, you undoubtedly heard all the stories on the news about the series of huge snowstorms that struck the eastern US. The news media had a lot of fun with these storms, giving them silly and funny names like the “Snowmeggedon” or the “Snowpocalpse”, as if these storms were the end of the world. These certainly were some of the biggest snowstorms that that part of the country had seen in several years. A couple of areas in Maryland, for example, got about 2 FEET of snow in EACH of the storms. Here at Weather Break, what really shocked us about these storms was how close together they happened–big nor’easter snowstorms like these aren’t particularly rare, but we can’t think of any other time that we’ve ever seen TWO of them happen so close together.
Discussion of these storms seems to lead, invariably, to whether or not these systems somehow cast doubt on the idea of Global Warming. Today, in the first of episodes on the topic, Dr. Jon Schrage takes a look at some of the ways in which it is clear that these storm systems can neither confirm or discredit the theory of Global Warming.
Here are some examples of news articles about these storm systems. Many of these stories include coverage of the “Global Warming angle”, too: