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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Climate Change to Bring Frigid 2017 Winter


Frigid Winter Ahead

Winter is approaching, and this one is shaping up to be wet and frigid. While some people may be wondering what happened to global warming, the increasing temperature of the earth's surface plays a big role in why this winter will be colder than in recent years. See how this seemingly contradictory circumstance is actually changing the world's climate and influencing colder winters.

The Farmers' Almanac Predicts a Frigid Winter

The Farmers' Almanac is celebrating 200 years of consistently and accurately predicting weather changes in the United States. From warning readers about the rare Northeast hurricane, Hurricane Carol, in 1954, which turned out to be one of the worst tropical storms to ever touch the New England coast, to the even rarer blizzard that dropped 2 feet of snow across the South in 2010, the Farmers' Almanac can be trusted to provide information about changes in weather.

The 2017 Farmers' Almanac is predicting a return to freezing weather for this winter. Exceptionally cold temperatures will predominate in "the Northern Plains, Great Lakes, Midwest, Ohio Valley, the Middle Atlantic, Northeast, and New England areas," with bouts of frigid air to the south in Florida and along the Gulf Coast. While the western regions are predicted to be mild, wet, and stormy, the other three quarters of the nation can expect temperatures to dip well below the norms for each area. February will likely test the mettle of Americans with temperatures as low as 40 degrees below zero.

More Snow Will Blanket the Nation

Precipitation will be above normal in the Southeast, Northeast and up through the New England states for the entire winter, but will be especially heavy in February. The Farmer's Almanac is also predicting a heavy snowstorm from the Tennessee Valley, through North Carolina, the Virginias, Maryland, Delaware and southern New England during February 16-19. Skiers may enjoy the extra powder, but travelers and commuters may not look forward to the snowy forecast becoming a reality.

How Increasing Surface Temperatures Produce Significant Climate Change

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has measured the earth's surface temperatures for over 100 years and has found that temperatures have been rising for the last 45 years. While it may initially sound like a contradiction to the cooler air temperatures, there is a link between warming surface temperatures and frigid winters.

According to NOAA, climate change is "a non-random change in climate that is measured over several decades or longer. The change may be due to natural or human-induced causes." As the Arctic temperatures rise, the ice caps and sea ice melt quicker. The resulting mixture of warm and cold water creates more waves in the oceans, which impact the jet stream. The warmer air pushes the colder air further south and sends temperatures plummeting.

Record Reductions in Sea Ice Force Frigid Air to the South

NASA satellite records may provide further evidence that the frigid predictions are likely to come true. NASA satellites have shown that the first half of 2016 set records for surface temperatures, especially in the Arctic region. These record-setting temperatures melted enough sea ice that percentages of frozen areas are now the smallest they have been since NASA began receiving consistent satellite images in 1979. Percentages of sea ice have declined by 13.4 percent every decade to create coverage area 40 percent less than in the 1970s and 1980s.

Understanding the concept of climate change and the jet stream's effect on weather, it's clear that increasing surface temperatures will bring the Farmer's Almanac predictions to fruition once again. This winter's freezing temperatures and record-setting precipitation will be a true testament to the power of climate change and the need for awareness of the changing environment.

Powering your home with clean energy is the single biggest change you can make to help slow climate change and prevent the increased occurrence of cold, wet winters and extreme weather events. It's easy to choose clean energy for your home with CleanChoice Energy



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