If you google “warmer winters”, you’ll find plenty of articles that contain statements like the following:
But scientists say the milder winters also are consistent with global warming caused by the massive buildup of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere due to human activities such as burning oil and coal. The carbon dioxide acts like a greenhouse roof, trapping heat on the Earth’s surface.”
And there are also plenty of articles from earlier on claiming that cold winters with lots of snow would become rare in the future, all in line of course with scientists expected from global warming.
But suddenly the exact opposite is happening, and it is deeply embarrassing the climate experts. The USA is now being gripped by widespread and especially severe cold and snow.
Switzerland’s Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ) reports today:
After the heavy snowfalls of the last couple days, the American east coast is expecting a cold front with record minus temperatures.”
Germany’s national DW public radio recently reported, “USA: The Winter Just Doesn’t Want To End” and on how people on the east coast “aren’t getting any breaks” from the bitter cold and snow.
DW describes how transportation is being severely hampered and federal workers in Washington D.C. are staying home because of the weather: The DW adds:
Also Boston continues to ail from the harsh winter. After the heavy snowstorms and temperatures down to minus 23° Celsius during last weekend, the National Weather Service forecast more snow ahead for Tuesday and Wednesday. Already the current February is already the snowiest in the history of the east coast city.”
Ryan Maue: “The New England Glacier”
So when can Americans along the east coast start dreaming about a pause in winter and the promises of cherry blossoms? According to Dr. Ryan Maue at Twitter, not for awhile. The expert meteorologist provides a temperature anomaly chart from the ECMWF for the end of February:
Chart source: ECMWF
From the charts Maue sees a possible additional 1 to 2 feet of snow, and he is already describing the massive snow over Boston as “the New England Glacier”. He tweets: “Arctic cold on lockdown … brutal“!
100% frozen over – next week!
By next week Maue foresees about a quarter billion people in North America “at/below freezing conditions” (including Canada).
Another indication of the winter’s severity is the ice cover over the Great Lakes. Maue tweets here:
Just obscene & no stopping it … Great Lakes are going to be 90-95% then 100% froze over … Next week.”