Mother Nature Vs. Climate Models

Here is an excerpt from a New York Times story titled “Anxiety Grows as Thousands Remain Stranded and in the Dark After Storm” dated 10 February 2013.

Grabbing shovels large and small, residents and emergency workers across the Northeast struggled to dig out on Sunday after a gigantic midwinter storm left much of the region buried under drifting snow.

City streets resembled ski slopes or mountain passes, with cars and even some houses obscured by a thick blanket of white. More than three feet of snow fell in parts of Connecticut, and more than two feet accumulated on Long Island and in Massachusetts, where the storm caused coastal flooding that forced evacuations.

Armies of snowplows and workers with shovels were making slow progress, and many cars remained abandoned along impassable roadways. Anxiety was growing among those unable to escape their homes and neighborhoods.

So, what was predicted by the climate models of 2005?

These results suggest that snow cover may be a sensitive indicator of climate change, and that North American snow extent will probably decrease in response to greenhouse gas emissions, although the magnitude of the response may be nonlinear.

Go figure.



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