Snow in all 50 states? New storm could make that true.
The South faces the brunt of another major East Coast snowstorm. If the Florida Panhandle gets an inch or two as expected, then there will be snow in all 50 states.
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Climate-change debate has been hot and heavy as official Washington shut down for four straight days. The wintry blasts, Time magazine explained, could actually be part of a global-warming trend. (We’ll let them explain that here.)Skip to next paragraph
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Less controversial were the communal dig-outs taking place across Washington. Shovelers dubbed the comity “snowcialism.”
More seriously, the storms are likely to nip American taxpayers as city and states burn through their snow-clearing budgets.
The culprit, it appears, is a strong Pacific El Niño pattern that has stirred up a boatload of moisture rolling across Mexico, into the Gulf, and up through the South. All that is now colliding on a regular basis with unusually deep dips of Arctic air.
Other notable events in this topsy-turvy season: The South saw one of the first big storms, frozen iguanas fell out of trees in Florida, and snowfall records were broken in a dozen cities including Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Washington.
And winter is barely halfway over. (Punxsutawney Phil, after all, said we have at least six more weeks of winter to go.)
“The snow blitz ... is truly a rare event that has no parallel in the historic record,” wrote Weather Underground’s Jeff Masters Friday morning.
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