Climate change enthusiasts are determined to cover all bases; they assert that the enormous East Coast winter storm is the result of global warming. According to climate change true believers, the big snowstorms of recent years can be attributed to warmer climes nearby.
The theory propounds that the warmer temperatures from climate change trigger more precipitation in North America, which then produces snow when the temperature drops. According to The Guardian, “Five of New York’s biggest snow storms have occurred since 2000, and 2014 was the hottest year in 130 years of temperatures records.”
Of course, The Guardian quoted Kevin Trenberth, a lead author of the 1995, 2001, and 2007 Scientific Assessment of Climate Change reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), who shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with the IPCC. Trenberth pointed out that ocean surface temperatures near the East Coast were roughly 2F above normal last year, and argued that there was 10% more water vapor in the atmosphere, ergo, bigger winter storms. The Guardian noted that the atmosphere contains 4% moisture for each one-degree rise in temperature.
It was estimated that the current storm, nicknamed Juno, may drop two feet of snow around New York and three feet in Boston. Scientists from the American Meteorological Society claim that 35% of the rain from Hurricane Sandy was produced by climate change.
Of course, the United Nations has chimed in, saying that Nor’easters like Juno will only grow larger because of the differential between the Arctic cold and the gradually warmer seas. Michael Mann, a scientist at the University of Pennsylvania, summed up:
There is no doubt that a component of that anomalous warmth is due to human-caused climate change. Those warm ocean temperatures also mean that there is more moisture in the air for this storm to feed on and to produce huge snowfalls inland. … Climate change is making these sorts of storms more common, much as it is making Sandy-like Superstorms and unusually intense hurricanes more common.
The recent history of the IPCC, one of the leading proponents of the climate change agenda, shows how times have changed. In 2001, in the IPCC’s Third Assessment Report, the IPCC claimed “milder winter temperatures will decrease heavy snowstorms.” It also claimed that Earth would see “warmer winters and fewer cold spells, because of climate change.” The IPCC still agreed with that assessment in 2007, writing, “Observed decreases in snow and ice extent are also consistent with warming.”
Former UN IPCC lead author Richard Lindzen said of the IPCC in September 2013, “I think that the latest IPCC report has truly sunk to level of hilarious incoherence. They are proclaiming increased confidence in their models as the discrepancies between their models and observations increase.”