Do You Think Global Warming is Warming the Winter? [POLL]
It's one of the warmest winters on record. Think it's due to global warming?
Paul Douglas, meteorologist and founder of Weather Nation, was calling January "Marchuary" because in most places it felt more like March. And now in March, some days have felt more like late April.
The gist of why it is happening, according to this article on Discovery News, is
- La Niña is partly to blame for this winter’s weirdly warm weather across most of the United States.
- The Arctic Oscillation and the North Atlantic Oscillation explain the drastic difference between this and last year's winters.
- La Niña is expected to weaken in the spring, allowing moisture to return to much of the country.
The Discovery article adds that "As for what's ultimately beneath the weather rut we're in, climate change is a tempting target," but Jeff Weber, a climatologist at the University Corp for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, CO, points out that "we just can't say whether global warming is to blame for a sample size of one winter. Also, there isn't enough long-term data on La Nina to know whether two in a row is out of the ordinary or not."
According to a recent survey conducted by the National Survey of American Public Opinion on Climate Change, the "belief mark" is the highest it has been since 2009.
Many throw around the idea that the weirdly warm weather is due to global warming. What say you, readers?