Global Warming: Baby, It’s Cold Outside
I realize that these things are not mutually exclusive, but why is it that new studies proclaiming the hazards of global warming seem invariably to be released during record cold snaps?
Global warming is ‘twice as bad as previously thought’ (The Independent)
Global warming might be twice as catastrophic as previously thought, flooding settlements on the British coast and turning the interior into an unrecognisable tropical landscape, the world’s biggest study of climate change shows. Researchers from some of Britain’s leading universities used computer modelling to predict that under the “worst-case” scenario, London would be under water and winters banished to history as average temperatures in the UK soar up to 20C higher than at present.
Globally, average temperatures could reach 11C greater than today, double the rise predicted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the international body set up to investigate global warming. Such high temperatures would melt most of the polar icecaps and mountain glaciers, raising sea levels by more than 20ft. A report this week in The Independent predicted a 2C temperature rise would lead to irreversible changes in the climate.
Record Snow to Hit Boston (Boston Channel)
The National Weather Service predicted up to 10 inches for the Boston area and Cape Cod. Central and western Massachusetts were expected to get from 3 to 8 inches. Though the snowfall forecast seemed paltry compared to the 38 inches that fell on some coastal towns near Boston on Saturday and Sunday, it was still bad news, even for winter-hardened New Englanders. Maurice DuBois, 55, was making some extra money by shoveling the sidewalk in front of some businesses on Northampton’s Main Street. “This is just another winter to me,” said DuBois, a New England native who also lived in Alaska. “But the older you get, the more you dislike it. It’s hard on the body.”
More snow was particular troubling for Cape Cod and the islands, where the weekend’s massive snowfall knocked out power to thousands of homes and some roads remained unplowed two days later. “It will be near-blizzard conditions at times (on Cape Cod), with the winds increasing tonight,” said Tracy McCormick, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Taunton.
If the forecasts are accurate, Boston, Worcester and Providence, R.I., figure to set new snowfall records for January, she said Boston had 37.7 inches of snow this month before Wednesday’s storm. The record is 39.8 inches, set in 1996. Worcester, with 43.8 so far, was to expected to get 4-8 inches, which would surpass the record of 46.8 inches set in 1987. In Providence, which has had 34.5 inches of snow this month and was expecting another 4-8 inches, the current record is 37.4 inches, set in 1996.
I’m just sayin’….