Warmer ocean, moisture in atmosphere to boost accumulations up to 10 percent
By Charlie Brennan Camera Staff Writer
Posted: 02/08/2013 09:29:30 PM MST
Updated: 02/08/2013 09:30:10 PM MST
Climate change will likely add to the final snowfall totals from the monster winter storm lashing the Northeast by 5 to 10 percent, according to a leading expert on climate change at the National Center for Atmospheric Research.
Kevin Trenberth, a distinguished senior scientist in the Climate Analysis Section at NCAR, said Friday that snowfall totals from the storm are being influenced by both warmer air temperatures, leading to the atmosphere retaining more moisture, and a 1-degree increase in ocean temperatures since 1970…. (more).