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Where's the snow?

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Simon_Cowbell, Jan 13, 2008.

  1. Simon_Cowbell

    Simon_Cowbell Active Member

    Northeast Winters Warming Fast
    Posted: 2008-01-12 21:06:22
    ALBANY, N.Y. (Jan. 12) - Earlier blooms. Less snow to shovel. Unseasonable warm spells.

    Signs that winters in the Northeast are losing their bite have been abundant in recent years and now researchers have nailed down numbers to show just how big the changes have been.

    A study of weather station data from across the Northeast from 1965 through 2005 found December-March temperatures increased by 2.5 degrees. Snowfall totals dropped by an average of 8.8 inches across the region over the same period, and the number of days with at least 1 inch of snow on the ground decreased by nine days on average.

    "Winter is warming greater than any other season," said Elizabeth Burakowski, who analyzed data from dozens of stations for her master's thesis in collaboration with Cameron Wake, a professor at the University of New Hampshire's Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space.

    Burakowski, who graduated from UNH in December, found that the biggest snowfall decreases were in December and February. Stations in New England showed the strongest decreases in winter snowfall, about 3 inches a decade.

    There were wide disparities in snowfall over the eight-state region, with average totals ranging from 13.5 inches at Cape May, N.J., to 137.6 inches at Oswego, N.Y. Some stations on the Great Lakes, where lake-effect storms are common, showed an increase.

    The reduction in days with at least an inch of snow on the ground was the most pronounced at stations between 42 and 44 degrees latitude - a band that includes most of Massachusetts, a thick slice of upstate New York and southern sections of Vermont and New Hampshire.

    Burakowski cites two likely causes for the reduction in so-called snow-covered days: higher maximum temperatures and "snow-albedo feedback," in which less snow cover to begin with allows more sunshine warmth to be absorbed by the darker ground, making it less conducive to snow cover.
  2. budcrew08

    budcrew08 Active Member

    Where's the snow? Here. Tonight. Anywhere from 3 to 8 inches worth. :-X
  3. cougargirl

    cougargirl Active Member

    We've got the last of 25 inches of snow from December melting away from our deck ... only to be replaced by more within the next 24 hours. Yah winter!
  4. wickedwritah

    wickedwritah Guest

    Like cougs, we're about to get hit, hard. I'm not looking forward to driving home in it -- it conveniently starts about midnight, about the time I'm getting out of work.
  5. Mystery_Meat

    Mystery_Meat Guest

    I understand the story's point, but bad timing when the Northeast Corridor is about to get hammered.
  6. three_bags_full

    three_bags_full Well-Known Member

    Where's the snow? In Iraq. A buddy emailed me this week to tell me about his snow/sandman.
  7. Sam Mills 51

    Sam Mills 51 Active Member

    Don't try and tell us that in my corner of the world in December.
  8. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    Here's the snow.

    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 15, 2014
  9. BTExpress

    BTExpress Well-Known Member

    Welcome to Novosibirsk. Current temperature, -26F
  10. Rumpleforeskin

    Rumpleforeskin Active Member

    Nate Newton has no idea why he just got a nosebleed.
    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 15, 2014
  11. mike311gd

    mike311gd Active Member

    Eric? J.T.?
  12. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    Or W.

    How 'BOUT them Cowboys!
    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 15, 2014
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