Britain’s winter ends tomorrow with further indications of a striking environmental change: snow is starting to disappear from our lives. Sledges, snowmen, snowballs and the excitement of waking to find that the stuff has settled outside are all a rapidly diminishing part of Britain’s culture, as warmer winters – which scientists are attributing to global climate change – produce not only fewer white Christmases, but fewer white Januaries and Februaries...According to Dr David Viner, a senior research scientist at the climatic research unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia ,within a few years winter snowfall will become “a very rare and exciting event”. “Children just aren’t going to know what snow is,” he said.
That was then, this is now:
The Groundhog Blizzard continues to unleash its fury across Chicago and other cities across the Great Lakes, but an end to the fierce and historical snowstorm is finally in sight.
The Groundhog Blizzard now ranks fifth among the greatest snowstorms in Chicago's history, exactly what AccuWeather.com Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski predicted on Tuesday.
A total of 17.1 inches of snow has buried Chicago's O'Hare International Airport (the city's official weather observation site) through 6 a.m. EST.
And that was Chicago, this is the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) has ordered utilities to begin rotating outages to compensate for a generation shortage due high usage in extreme weather.
Rotating outages are controlled, temporary interruptions of service designed to ease the load on the electric grid.
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The outages last anywhere from 10-45 minutes and the locations and durations are determined by the local utilities.
Yet, the ManBearPig doubles down on his investment:
“In fact, scientists have been warning for at least two decades that global warming could make snowstorms more severe. Snow has two simple ingredients: cold and moisture. Warmer air collects moisture like a sponge until it hits a patch of cold air. When temperatures dip below freezing, a lot of moisture creates a lot of snow.”[bold mine]
Global Warming, is there anything it can't do?