Here We Go: Eric Holthaus Blames Global Warming For Buffalo Snow

I was actually surprised he didn’t do this in a Slate post I referenced earlier of his. I guess he was waiting to tweet it

He’s not the only one going down this road. There are plenty of other tweets. He’s one if the biggest, though.

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4 Responses to “Here We Go: Eric Holthaus Blames Global Warming For Buffalo Snow”

  1. Blick says:

    Well, he is half right (morally) Climate Change is happening — just in the opposite direction. They never expect “change” to happen in both directions. That is what happens when you try to draw a benchmark of optimum temps. Change can also be below the benchmark.

  2. Jeffery says:

    How is it possible that warmer Great Lakes and higher atmospheric water content leads to more snow when a strong cold front comes through?

    Here’s how Holdhaus explains it:

    Truly extreme lake-effect snows gather their energy from a wide temperature differential between the lake temperature and the air temperature. That temperature contrast produces atmospheric instability—the warm air immediately over the lake wants to surge upward through the colder air on top, bringing with it heaps of evaporated moisture. That moisture is quickly converted to snowfall in massive quantities, and deposited squarely on the hills and towns at the far end of the lake. As the Great Lakes warm due to climate change, there’s now more evaporation…

  3. jd says:

    Jeffery, just what you’d expect with the polar vortex creating that temperature differential. Doesn’t mean the absolute temperature of the lake is any warmer than usual. The air is much colder than usual.

    Am I the only one who remembers that Buffalo gets massive amounts of snow, like, all the time?

  4. Jeffery says:


    As the Earth warms, so do the lakes.

    The point wasn’t that Buffalo never had snows before but that they’ve increased in frequency and severity.

    Lung cancer didn’t originate with cigarette smoking, but smoking increased the number of cases.

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