The Future of Epic Blizzards in a Warming World

Andrea Thompson for Scientific American
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

What does global warming mean for extreme snowfall?

At a talk he gave at Columbia University on January 21, 2016 ahead of this past weekend's major East Coast winter storm, climate researcher Paul O’Gorman reviewed a 2014 study he conducted looking at extreme snowfalls and warming.

O'Gorman's work suggests that climate warming does affect extreme snowfall amounts, but less so than for seasonal snowfall totals.

Read more at Scientific American.

Story image: NASA and NOAA satellites are tracking the large winter storm that is expected to bring heavy snowfall to the U.S. mid-Atlantic region on Jan. 22 and 23. NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite snapped this image of the approaching blizzard around 2:35 a.m. EST on Jan. 22, 2016 using the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument's Day-Night band - Image Credit: NOAA/NASA

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Publication

O'Gorman, P. A. (2014), Contrasting responses of mean and extreme snowfall to climate change, Nature 512, 416-418, doi: 10.1038/nature13625