Global warming deniers just don’t get the difference between climate and weather
By Summit Voice
*This story has been updated with a couple of graphs from the Rutgers University Global Snow Lab, thanks to reader comments.
SUMMIT COUNTY — Climate and weather are complex topics, so when we recently posted a story about how sea levels will continue to rise for centuries more, even if we stop polluting the atmosphere with greenhouse gases, the usual bunch of global warming deniers crawled out from under their rocks and blasted the story, pointing to a record snowpack in parts of the western U.S.
In fact, some states did have record snow years, and Washington and Oregon reported their coldest April to June periods on record. But overall, the extent of spring snow cover in the northern hemisphere was below average for the eighth year in a row. Since 1990, the spring snow cover has only been above average three times. According to NOAA, the extent was low because of below average snowfall in central and northwestern Canada and Alaska.
But in the northern Rockies it was different story. In late June, the snowpack in Utah’s Uinta Mountains was more than 800 percent of average, and these striking images from a Landsat 5 satellite show the contrast between this year and an average winter.