Ever since Al Gore’s 2006 documentary made public the Inconvenient Truth of Global Climate Change, the world has been a-buzz about rising temperatures, melting glaciers, and stranded polar bears. However, recent events – a rare White Christmas in the deep South and the collapse of the Minnesota Viking Metrodome roof due to snow accumulation – have led many to wonder if Global Climate Change is deserving of the hype.
If the world is indeed, as scientists suggest, getting warmer, then what’s with all the snow? By turning to science we can begin to find an answer to this puzzling question.
Global Climate Change, as defined by the U.S. E.P.A., is “any significant change in measures of climate (such as temperature, precipitation, or wind) lasting for an extended period (decades or longer)” and results largely from an over-accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere due to deforestation and the burning of fossil fuels. As greenhouse gases amass, the atmosphere becomes more impenetrable, and, over the years, average global temperatures in the atmospheric layer nearest the earth rise.
What does this mean for us? For one thing, more snow. As temperatures rise, the Earth’s water cycle becomes more intensified. A warmer atmosphere results in increased evaporation and thus, increased precipitation. Due to Global Climate Change, storm-affected areas experience snowier winters and rainier springs. Don’t let the critics fool you; Global Climate Change is worth your attention. And that snow that continues to accumulate outside of your window might be more proof of it.