“Bulge” in Atmospheric Pressure Responsible for Cold Winter Amid Global Warming


2011-01-05 Scientific American

Cold Weather

COLD WEATHER: The cold in places like Florida actually could be a sign of warming, rather than an argument against the phenomenon. Image: Ruthanne Reid, courtesy Flickr

The cold in places like Florida actually could be a sign of warming, rather than an argument against the phenomenon

Icicle-covered oranges in Florida. The United Kingdom swamped with its coldest December in more than a century. Travelers stranded in airports surrounded by snowy fortresses.

These have been some of the dominant images this winter, and now one forecaster says it’s going to get colder. Yesterday, an AccuWeather meteorologist predicted that January could be the chilliest for the nation as a whole since the 1980s.

“More waves of Arctic air will invade the country, starting late this week and continuing through the next week and beyond,” explained Joe Bastardi of Accuweather in a release. Rare snowfall is headed to Seattle, while the Texas citrus industry may have to prepare for cold-weather damage, according to his forecast.

So how does this fit with global warming models?

According to some climate scientists, the cold in places like Florida actually could be a sign of warming, rather than an argument against the phenomenon.

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