Stuck, thanks to a winter 'wonderland'
Does a massive amount of snowfall indicate global warming/climate change?
Mon, Feb 08, 2010 at 01:53 PM
Lately, northern Virginia
has been slammed with a ridiculous amount of snow. So far we've had two instances of more than two feet of snowfall and a couple instances of a few inches. My county is one that shuts down if there is five inches, so imagine how we reacted to 30. Yep, I've been out of school since Friday. Getting to my point, I've listened to some of my friends talk, and lately they've been saying things like "global warming my a**." From this, I began to think of two key things: that we've been having worse storms lately and that most people don't know the difference between global warming and global climate change.
I'm not saying that the ridiculous weather we've had is an indicator for people to point to and say, "Look! Global warming! Global climate change!" That's a job for meteorologists. However, global warming is supposed to bring about bigger, more severe storms and global climate change is supposed to bring about differences in precipitation patterns as well as number and type of storm. All in all, I'm probably just looking for something to point at amidst this increasingly white terrain.
On the topic of global warming v. global climate change, I've found a very concise, engaging site
that explains this, should you want to read up.
The opinions expressed by MNN Bloggers and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the opinions of MNN.com. While we have reviewed their content to make sure it complies with our Terms and Conditions, MNN is not responsible for the accuracy of any of their information.