Winter weather does not refute global warming: Commentary

November 19, 2014 7:15 PM

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If you live in the U.S., you have been feeling insanely cold lately. The area south of Buffalo got 5 feet of snow this week – an extreme winter weather outburst that is being blamed for a tragic five deaths – and the Weather Channel says that parts of the Midwest and Great Lakes region may experience "one of the longest sub-freezing spells on record for the month of November." But the whole United States has been quite cold. In Washington, D.C., Tuesday night, a weather emergency was announced due to the expectation of extremely cold temperatures.

We've been through this drill before – last winter, actually. And it's important to keep in mind that just because it is very cold in the U.S. doesn't mean that you should question the overall warming trend for the planet. Weather shifts heat and cold around -- we know that. We also know our own loc...

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