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Snow On the Ground in 49 States: Where Is the Global Warming?

James M. Taylor –
January 12, 2011

Snow is on the ground in every state but Florida as Mother Nature continues to defy alarmist claims that global warming is making snow a rare event. And even Florida is having a close call, with snow on the ground just a few miles north of the state’s border with Alabama and Georgia.

More than a decade ago, David Viner, a global warming alarmist at the climatic research unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia and a colleague of disgraced Climategate figure Phil Jones, told the British press that within a few years winter snowfall will become “a very rare and exciting event.”

“Children just aren’t going to know what snow is,” he said.

Yet the British Isles have had a second consecutive historically cold and snowy winter, with snow frequently blanketing the entirety of Great Britain.

In 2008 Robert F. Kennedy Jr. wrote that global warming is causing snow to become a rare event here in the U.S. “In Virginia, the weather also has changed dramatically," wrote Kennedy in the Los Angeles Times. "Recently arrived residents in the northern suburbs, accustomed to today's anemic winters, might find it astonishing to learn that there were once ski runs on Ballantrae Hill in McLean, with a rope tow and local ski club. Snow is so scarce today that most Virginia children probably don't own a sled.”

In actuality, data from the Rutgers University Global Snow Laboratory and the National Climatic Data Center show Northern Hemisphere winter snow cover has remained relatively unchanged since at least the 1960s, although the past decade has delivered moderately more snow than the long-term average.

Now that the truth is out, and people can see evidence of that truth by simply looking out their windows, the alarmists are hoping you will forget their prior assertions that global warming is causing an alarming decline in snow cover. Better yet, they are hoping they can convince you that they said all along that global warming causes colder and snowier winters.