This week has been one to remember, as one-third of the country was affected by winter storms that dumped record breaking snowfalls, frigid temperatures and pelting ice to many states. Reaching from the south of Mexico to the north of Maine, even those states that don’t generally see wintry weather have been faced with snow and icy roads. The culprit – some people claim it’s just another sign of global warning.
Of course, weather happens and most people agree that this turbulent weather is just a sign that winter is still upon us. Yet many people in the science community feel that this week has been a result of global warming, as the mix of cold air from the Arctic and warm air from the Gulf of Mexico has continually caused an increase in water vapors. The more water vapor, the more snow.
In addition, those in the science field say that the increase in temperature causes more severe storms and wintry weather, which is why even southern states have seen bouts of snow, ice and cold temperatures. In favor of the global warning theory is Al Gore, who claims that this week’s past storms are exactly what the science community has predicted.
Still, there are plenty of scientists who feel that global warming has nothing to do with the winter weather we’ve been experiencing across the country. These people feel it’s safe to assume that blizzards and winter storms happen for no other reason, except for they’re a part of winter. After all, there have been plenty of storms that have occurred over the years that have nothing to do with global warming.
While we may never really know what caused this week’s winter havoc, we can all be certain that we have more cold, wintry weather to look forward to.
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