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What NOAA Isn’t Saying About Snow and Ice

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Steven Goddard
Watts Up With That
Tuesday, February 9, 2010

As reported on WUWT, NOAA is warning of “earlier snowmelt and extended ice-free seasons.”  But what NOAA isn’t saying is that snow is falling earlier and heavier in the Northern Hemisphere.  Rutgers University Global Snow Lab has reported that January was the sixth snowiest on record, and that six out of the last eight Januaries were above normal snowfall.

January, 2008 saw the second greatest snow extent ever recorded.  December was the third snowiest on record in the Northern Hemisphere and seventeen out of last twenty-one Decembers were above normal snowfall.  November was above normal snowfall and fifteen out of the last nineteen Novembers have had above average snowfall.  October was the sixth snowiest October on record and seven out of the last ten Octobers have had above average snowfall.

Source : Rutgers University Global Snow Lab



The data shows unequivocally that snow is coming earlier and heavier than it used to.  Perhaps the snow season is shifting, rather than shortening?  NOAA’s failure to mention this is negligent at best.

As far as their claim of “extended ice free seasons” goes, Roger Pielke Sr. has reported :

The finding in this data is that there is no clear evidence of a delay in the start of the later summer/early fall freeze up or [an earlier] start of the late winter/early spring melt despite the well below average areal sea ice coverage.

So why isn’t NOAA highlighting the other half of the story?  Do readers have any ideas?

This article was posted: Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at 9:44 am

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