I post this because it can be interesting and related...
218. percylives01:56 PM GMT em 10 de Novembro de 2012
Just to play the other side of the coin. A lot more and early snow is what I am reading in your post, right?
Snow reflects more sunlight because it is 'white' and not 'dark'. At least this is the argument given by the warming feedback loop in the arctic. Less snow/ice the more it melts...
Sounds like this is a way for 'mother nature' to balance out the temperature. (or at least mitigate)
Yes, this could be a very snowy fall and early winter in the temperate zone.
At Cryosphere Today's Interactive display today is a new record low for this date in the ice coverage of the Arctic. Today's reading is over 350,000 sq. km. below the old sea ice coverage minimum record set for this date in 2009.
The significant danger is in very slow moving jet stream waves. As Dr. Francis points out this could mean that a blizzard scenario could get stuck over a certain area and dump record amounts of snow, amounts we aren't prepared for. At this point we need to ask, is NYC or Washington, DC, ready for a blizzard that lasts for 4 days and drops 15 feet of snow on the city? Then the temps stay well below freezing for 3 weeks? The warming Arctic makes this a possibility.
[link to www.wunderground.com