Climate Change Totally Means Bigger Snow Storms And Cold Snaps

Hot? Climate change. Wet? Climate change. Dry? Climate change. Snow? Cold? Yup, climate change.

Extreme Weather Exposes Serious City Flaws

Deespite the Patriots winning the Super Bowl, January and February were not kind months for the people of Boston and New England. By February 10th, more than 60 inches of snow in 30 days fell on the city and parts of the wider region, closing schools, shuttering businesses and offices, interrupting road, rail and air travel, paralyzing the region.

Across the Northeast and down highway I-95 as far as Philadelphia, the massive snowfalls caused disruption and damage totaling millions of dollars. Factor in the cost of all the lost business, and the tally reaches into the billions.

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This is the new normal for weather in the US. Global climate change increases the chances that the once-a-century event is now a once-every-twenty-years occurrence. The country is now experiencing more severe weather events: long droughts in the Southwest, destructive wildfires in the West, and more intense hurricanes along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts.

Uh huh. The hurricane schtick is wonderful, since the US hasn’t experienced a major hurricane in over 9 years, a record for the nation of America. It has only experienced two hurricanes, one of which (Isaac) could be argued was below hurricane strength at landfall. Even tropical storm landfalls have fallen. Wildfires have not increased, and droughts are entirely within historical norms.

Here’s the photo they use for an article on “climate change”

I write from personal experience of this new normal. Living in the Washington, DC, region, I survived Snowmageddon, a three-foot snow dump, in February 2010. Two years later, I endured a one-week power outage in what was the hottest week in June on record after a derecho – a fast-moving wind rarely seen east of the Appalachians before the summer heat begins to intensify – moved in from the Midwest, felling trees and cutting off power.

See? No matter what the weather does, it’s “climate change”.

You would think that the new experiences would spawn a general debate about the need for new programs and policies for cities and municipalities. You would be wrong. It is not just the carbon corporate power structure at work funding climate change deniers. Many scientists and policymakers have failed to draw the connection between global changes and local events – something I’ve studied as a professor of public policy.

Since Boston is a big area for belief in Hotcoldwetdry, I recommend that they not be allowed to use fossil fueled machines to clean all the global warming from fossil fuels created snow.

Meanwhile

Few Show Up For Climate Change Demonstration (it was too cold and snowy)

It’s Too Cold To Protest Global Warming At Yale.

Crossed at Pirate’s Cove. Follow me on Twitter @WilliamTeach.

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