Monday, May 10, 2010

Late Spring Snowstorm in Sierras 2010

Spring has sprung, or has it? As the chart (from NOAA) below shows, there is a snowstorm (winter storm watch and winter storm warning) for tonight and tomorrow in the California Sierras and northwest corner of the state. More of the same in the northern Rockies, and freezing with some snow in New England and New York and parts of Pennsylvania.

These types of events are supposedly not uncommon over a long period, but it does seem odd that global warming has not made such late Spring snow and freezes a thing of the past. After all, the increased CO2 in the atmosphere due to man's burning of fossil fuels, and methane production from cattle and sheep, has created an unstoppable global warming, according to climate scientists. The CO2 is supposed to be creating devastating heat waves, and allow horrible tropical diseases to spread northward, and cause sea levels to rise as the polar ice caps melt away under the blazing heat.

Apparently the Sierras and the Rockies and the New England states did not get the memo. Throw another log on the fire. Somehow, I just can't imagine the tropical bugs are too eager to march into Northern California tonight.

Also, that blue-purple area in the California northwest is where Eureka is sited. Eureka is having a very cold trend lately, as I wrote about here. The cooling trend there is 15.6 degrees C per century. Winter storms such as this one continue that trend. If this current trend continues, Eureka will have its own ice age within the next 67 years.

Roger E. Sowell, Esq.
Marina del Rey, California (where it is also unseasonably cool)

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