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The Midwest is experiencing what the Russians call a Buran [Буран], basically a hurricane of snow, because blizzard just isn’t bad enough.

Based on the amount of water that has been sucked out of the Gulf of Mexico today, It is going to involve major snow. To paraphrase Chief Brody “You’re gonna to need a bigger plow.”

It’s a good thing that there’s nothing to that “global climate change” thing, because this might be what is going to happen every year, the new “normal”. Wouldn’t that be lovely? [/sarcasm]

6 comments

1 Ame { 02.02.11 at 8:19 am }

Where to go, where to go?

2 LadyMin { 02.02.11 at 3:24 pm }

Mmmmm, yes. The Snowtastrophe is upon us.

3 Badtux { 02.02.11 at 3:40 pm }

But according to righties, some scientist in England once said that global warming would make snow rare, so that means that snow disproves global warming.

Okay, that doesn’t make sense. But righties aim for “truthiness” — things that sound like they *might* be true — and don’t care that what they’re saying is utter gibberish if you actually parse it logically.

– Badtux the Warmer Penguin

4 Bryan { 02.02.11 at 4:00 pm }

They are discovering new planets all the time, Ame, we just need a way to get there.

Ah, yes, Lady Min, the fond memories of trudging out to what might be my driveway at 5AM in Rochester, NY with a broom to poke into mounds of snow to see if I can locate a car before I started shoveling. And the return in the afternoon when the street and sidewalk plowing by the city would throw up two mountains of snow across the driveway that I would have to crash through. What fun …

Last I knew, thunder is not normally part of blizzards, Badtux. Temperature differentials between the Gulf and the Arctic air behind the front are worse than ever and causing the frozen thunderstorms. If it clears up and the wind shifts to an onshore flow, it hits 70 in no time. As it stands, the warm Gulf is pulling the air south as the warmer air rises.

5 LadyMin { 02.02.11 at 11:59 pm }

We had thunder and lightening too. It was scary. The windows were rattling and the wind was howling and gusting at 50mph. And then there was that eerie lightening. I’ve lived through a lot of snow storms but nothing like the intensity of this one.

6 Bryan { 02.03.11 at 12:18 am }

Currently we have a line of sleet and mixed snow running from New Orleans northeast to mid-Alabama. That isn’t normal, but it’s the second winter in a row of frozen water dropping on the Big Easy.

If New Orleans starts getting snow every year, people better come up with some solid reasons why they don’t think the climate is changing. Once every few years is an aberration, but every year is the climate, and it is changing.

We used to get blizzards in Omaha, but they never featured lightning.

The jet stream has moved, just all kinds of things have gone strange, and the local storms don’t carry the clothes that people need now for the new conditions.