The Wanderer wrote:Global warming.
(Seriously. Higher average temperatures means more energy in the system, which means more volatility, which means unseasonable and otherwise chaotic weather - of all types.)
The Wanderer wrote:just brew it! wrote:I agree that could be the cause... but until it happens several years in a row, we can't tell whether it is indeed a real trend or just a statistical fluke.
I'd argue that we have been seeing it, in varying forms, for at least the past couple of years - the "Snowpocalypse" on the US east coast being the first time I paid conscious attention to it as a significant factor. Admittedly, however, that's not remotely concrete yet; at best, it's anecdotal evidence, until someone does a comprehensive study of the subject.just brew it! wrote:I'll stop here, in an attempt not to push this thread over the R&P line...
Yeah... I wasn't even sure it was a good idea to make the comment in the first place, but in the end I went ahead with it.
I'd actually be interested in discussing the question in something resembling a calm and rational fashion, but I don't 'subscribe' to the R&P forum, because I know many of the topics discussed there would get me hot under the collar and emotionally stressed with no real benefit - and I'd have a hard time keeping out of them if I actually had the ability to drop in and look at them on a whim. So there's probably no good place for it.
The Swamp wrote:It's been very hot here, getting into the 80s every day. And it's been that way for weeks.
This is the hottest winter I have ever seen. It does not bode well for hurricane season. The Gulf is going to be boiling by July.
FireGryphon wrote:If you live in an area where it really snows, like in the midwest where 3 feet of snow and ice are common, is it just a given that snow gets cancelled, or are 'ya'll so used to it that you ignore snow unless it's over 10' deep?
A bit further west in NOVA, we have snow sticking on the roads. There were some exciting moments this morning on the drive in to work. And the temperature was 11 degrees F yesterday morning. It's all that hot air from Congress that keeps the snow off your roads.FireGryphon wrote:First snow in DC this year, after the first two days that were cold, in the 20's. Nothing stuck on the roads, but there's a nice white blanket on everything else. An excuse for me to wear my Tims to work!
My understanding is that schools stay open. In areas that get more snowfall, the infrastructure is better at keeping the roads clear, the vehicles are more suited to the climate and the nature of the snow itself plays a factor. The DC area gets this heavy, wet, almost-melted snowfall that is harder to deal with than the fluffy stuff that falls when it get really cold.FireGryphon wrote:If you live in an area where it really snows, like in the midwest where 3 feet of snow and ice are common, is it just a given that [school] gets cancelled, or are 'ya'll so used to it that you ignore snow unless it's over 10' deep?
Darkmage wrote:Two flakes from the sky and half the drivers in this area creep along at 10 mph whilst the other half floor it in their Lexus SUV.
FireGryphon wrote:Winter can't decide what it's doing around here. Half the time it's cold enough to turn standing water to ice, half the time it's warm enough to rain, and the other half it's in the 40's with gusty wind.
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