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Hey, the article came from TIME magazine, so we know it was checked for accuracy before it was printed.
By the way, here in the midwest we have had several snows so far but the whoppers that have hit the east have stayed just south of us. Could it be these big weather events are just... random? Bad luck? Being in the wrong place at the wrong time?
Howdy, lonetown and ricefarm
You're both probably right. It is true that a warmer atmosphere is likely to carry more water vapor; hit a cold point in the atmosphere with a heavy load of water and you get heavy rain or snow. But that's not what the AGW crowd have been predicting for this year.
As for randomness and luck -- those seem to be factors. Weather variations have causes we can't identify; this year's snow heaven may be next year's drought zone. I've lived in Montana for 13 years and that's our story -- huge year-to-year variations in temps and snows. Coldest months only sometimes are very snowy.
Geoff Brown ... The same is true of Wisconsin, which is never the same from year to year. But usually we have about three weeks of below zero highs in January which alter our reality in many ways, some subtle, some not so. The things I remember most are how the concrete sidewalks squeak slightly when you walk on them, your car tires thump when you begin to drive on them, because they freeze into un-round positions overnight and only thaw when you drive and the friction thaws them. Oh, and you'd better leave some kind of heating device on in your engine compartment overnight, or the lubricant in your engine will thick up. A trouble light works.
Ahh ... memories.
P.S. Forgot that you'd better have some sand in your trunk to get your wheels out of trouble when it starts to thaw and get mushy. Just think. Our politicians are just finding this out -- except for our new Senator Centerfold, who knows all about it because he comes from Massachusetts. Bless him.
Forgot that you'd better have some sand in your trunk to get your wheels out of trouble when it starts to thaw and get mushy.
We call that four wheel drive here in New England. :>)
Back when I was living in West Allis, I used to visit my Uncle's dairy farm near Troy Center on weekends. I lived for those visits - he used to let me drive his Army surplus four wheel drive Jeep out to gather up the beefers. Uncle Dave also taught me how to drive truck - the old fashioned way with gears and clutch.
And heck - when the snow got bad enough, it was the old International Super MTA - that thing could walk through anything. :>)
New England has dodged the worst of it, the Mid Atlantic has taken some real shots. Some kin near Charlottesville had 22" two weeks ago, then 16" this past weekend, power out for four days, and got lucky with just 6" today. There are some parts of Maryland and Pennsylvania that have just been buried, both storms close to 30" only four days apart.
With the wind today, all major interstates in the eastern two-thirds of Pennsylvania are shut down to traffic, illegal to drive until they get things cleared so the wind can close it up again. There have been worse storms, but these few so close together have made a lot of people's lives difficult.
Glad to hear the elk there in Kentucky are doing well. I am not positive but they could be part of a small heard moved there from here in Alberta a few years ago. I have always wondered how they made out.