It’s been an especially balmy and snow-free season for most of the lower-48 states. Area ski resorts are struggling to remain open in 50-degree weather while western states are suffering from a severe drought.
So this must mean we’re in the final throes of climate change, right? Mayan doomsday calendar and all!
Just two years ago on this very day, the Mid-Atlantic woke up buried underneath nearly three-feet of snow (snowpocalypse). So what exactly is going on?
Well, the stark contrast we are witnessing between year-on-year seasons can indeed be attributed to climate change, as increased levels of heat-trapping gasses are resulting in disruptions in weather patterns and greater variability in weather events (ie: more extreme occurences).
Because weather patterns can swing so wildly from year to year, scientists have to take a much longer-term view in order to discern any irrefutable patterns.
By combining key indicators, scientists can then deduce theories based upon solid data.