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USA: Global Warming Means Snow for Great Lakes - Report

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    ... Global Warming Means Snow for Great Lakes - Report ... WASHINGTON - In theory, global warming should be a good thing for the Great Lakes, right? Wrong.
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 5, 2003
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      WASHINGTON - In theory, global warming should be a good thing for the
      Great Lakes, right? Wrong.
      Global warming means more snow, not less, for the snowbound region along
      the eastern border between Canada and the United States, researchers said
      this week.

      Their study of snowfall records in the Great Lakes region and elsewhere
      suggests there has been a significant increase in snowfall in the Great
      Lakes region since the 1930s but not anywhere else.

      The team, at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York, said that global
      warming does not mean sunnier weather everywhere. Other researchers have
      predicted that, as the climate gets warmer overall, it could mean colder
      temperatures in some parts of the world and more severe weather in
      general as weather patterns change.

      For instance, warmer surface sea temperatures could fuel more violent
      hurricanes and typhoons.

      In the Great Lakes region, warmer temperatures mean more snow, Adam
      Burnett, an associate professor of geography, writes in the November
      issue of the Journal of Climate.

      "Recent increases in the water temperature of the Great Lakes are
      consistent with global warming," Burnett said in a statement. "This
      widens the gap between water temperature and air temperature - the ideal
      condition for snowfall."

      Burnett and colleagues compared snowfall records from 15 weather stations
      within the Great Lakes region with 10 stations at sites outside of the
      region and checked weather records dating as far back as 1931.

      "We found a statistically significant increase in snowfall in the
      lake-effect region since 1931, but no such increase in the
      non-lake-effect area during the same period," Burnett said.
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      Story Date: 6/11/2003



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