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  •  With winters possibly becoming more severe... (4+ / 0-)
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    wytcld, elfling, flitedocnm, Marie

    ...moving North might not be the ideal solution to adapting to avoid weather extremes, IMHO.  

    Is Severe Winter Weather Related to Global Warming? Of course, the jury is still out on that, and it will take a lot more data and time to prove, but the linked article makes these points:  

    Our region experienced record snowfall last winter, topping the charts dating at least as far back as the late 1800s...

    Extreme weather nailed other U.S. cities last winter, too, and swaths of Europe saw unprecedented snowfalls and record cold temperatures. This year, the nation's capital has suffered one unusually severe storm. Parts of the East Coast from Atlanta to Boston have been experiencing blizzard conditions. Last week, a vast swath of the country's midsection and East Coast got deluged with sleet and snow, paralyzing travel. What gives?

    ...Some weather scientists suspect that climate change - the menace often called global warming - is partly to blame...

    ...Over the past two years, the polar vortex has been strikingly unstable, according to meteorological data. James Overland of...NOAA...

    Any number of meteorological factors contributed to those anomalies. Some were undoubtedly random, Overland says. But he and other experts suspect climate change is contributing to the unusual pattern, and if they're right, things could get a whole lot worse in the years ahead....

    The root of the problem, Overland says, is melting sea ice...

     

    So, if the suspicions of some experts regarding global warming affecting both the temperature extremes in the summer and winter--it doesn't look like there will be too many places to go to escape weather extremes.  

    So where I live, it's really a downer--I'd hoped that if we had to have hotter summers, at least we'd have warmer winters, and less snow, but apparently the opposite is true.  But even those discomforts seem minor when considering what the really serious consequences to the human and animal populations will be, if these "unusual extremes" become the norm.  
     

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