Lessons learned from winter of 2010-2011
by Stu Ostro, The Weather Channel, February 14, 2011
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- La Nina & El Nino are not the be-all and end-all of everything.
I've written about this topic on more than one occasion in the past, and have included that classic cartoon.
- Ridges rule.
- A key area of scientific research recently has been, and ought to continue to be, connections between reduced arctic sea ice and current / potential future changes in atmospheric circulation patterns.
The amount and details of the influence vary, as the Earth-atmosphere system is very complex and there is always natural variability also at play at all time scales, but it's illogical to think that the extra heat being released directly into the atmosphere overhead is not having any effect.
- Global warming and extreme snowfall are not mutually exclusive.
- Beware of snowstorm overachievement
- Regardless of how/if changes in climate played a role this winter, our vulnerability to extreme weather has been demonstrated yet again
AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato. Hundreds of cars are seen stranded on Lake Shore Drive, Wednesday, February 2, 2011, in Chicago.