Caps Melting and Snowfall
As more of the ocean water becomes exposed because of our
meelting ice caps. What will this do to our snowfall in the coming winters.
It is difficult to know how the melting of the ice caps will affect
future weather around the globe. Much research needs to be done in this
area. There are so many variables in climate and weather, and correlating
any particular environmental event to later observed weather is not likely
in the near future.
Weather patterns are cyclic, with cycles of several years overlaid on
cycles of longer periods, even hundreds or thousands of years. Undoubtedly,
snowfall will be above normal in parts of the world this winter, but it is
unlikely any specific cause can be ascertained.
Wendell Bechtold, Meteorologist
Forecaster, National Weather Service
Weather Forecast Office, St. Louis, MO
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Update: June 2012