Wednesday, January 30, 2008

No snow in New York but

From the NY Sun today:

This month is set to become the first January in 75 years that New York City has been without any measurable snowfall, according to the National Weather Service.

Less than one-tenth of an inch has fallen in a month that usually produces more than eight inches of snow in the city, according to the National Weather Service.

So how did that happen?

The Sun continues:

The phenomenon can be traced to the lack of offshore storms, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, Joseph Pollina, said.

"We've had a number of systems move up the East Coast in not a favorable track for snow," Mr. Pollina said. "Most of the storms have been inland, west of New York City. We haven't really had too much cold air, but when we do, it hasn't coincided with precipitation."

But what about what Al Gore and some professors keep telling us?

Doesn't global warming explain this lack of snow?

Apparently not as the Sun continues:

A climate scientist with the federal government's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, Gavin Schmidt, said the lack of snowfall this month cannot be attributed to global warming.
For a change of scene, let's go to Jerusalem from where the AP reports:
A rare snowstorm swept the Middle East on Wednesday, blanketing parts of the Holy Land in white, shutting schools and sending excited children into the streets for snowball fights. ..

Snow falls in Jerusalem once or twice each winter, but temperatures rarely drop low enough for it to stick. The Israeli weather service said up to 8 inches of snow fell in the city. ...

I reported. You decide.


Anonymous said...

Instead of "Global warming" you should say "climate change". The problem isn't that the climate has already changed, but that we are creating a situation where the climate will change rapidly in the near future. To take an example from chemistry, if you have a buffered solution then the pH of the solution changes slowly with the addition of acid or base. However, as more and more acid or base is added to the solution the buffering capacity of the solution diminishes and the pH will begin to change more quickly with the addition of acid or base. If something in the solution, such as an indicator dye, is dependent upon the pH of the solution, then at first the addition of the acid or base will not affect the color substantially because the buffer mitigates the pH change. As more is added the color will begin to change at an increasing rate because the buffering capacity is eroded, until it changes dramatically even with a small addition of acid or base. Currently our environment is buffered, but forests, the ocean, etc, but these buffers are not able to keep up with the addition of CO2 to the atmosphere. While changes have been minimal so far, as time goes by the changes will become increasingly severe. This is the true danger of cimate change. It is not that the weather tomorrow or even next year will be dramatically different, but unless we do something now the small changes that are currently underway will spiral out of control.