Snow present in 49 of the 50 U.S. states
January 11th, 2011
04:38 PM ET

Snow present in 49 of the 50 U.S. states

After big snow and ice events in the Southeast, Plains, and Midwest this week, 49 out of the 50 states currently have snow on the ground –  yes, even Hawaii, where snow falls in Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea all winter. 

The only state that has avoided this icy blast is Florida.  Does that make you want to go on a nice, warm vacation to the Sunshine State?  You're not alone.

Put another way, that means snow is present in 69.4 percent of the lower 48, which is more than double than December.  This is extremely unusual, though it's hard to put a date on when this last happened because records aren't kept on this kind of event.

The National Operational Hydrologic Remote Sensing Center combines ground reports and images from satellites in space to determine how much of the country is covered in snow.  That's what you see in the image above.  The images tell how deep and widespread the snow is, and that's important not only for images like this one, but also for computer weather models, which use the data to generate accurate forecasts. Such forecasts were very useful in predicting this week's winter storms.

Earlier this week, two storms began to churn: one in the northern Plains and Midwest, and one in Texas.  The southern winter storm took a track across the Gulf Coast, pulling warm, moist air over an extreme arctic blast that set up over the eastern half of the United States late last week.  This provided fuel for the storm to carve a path of snow, sleet, and freezing rain from Texas to the Carolinas. 

Here in Atlanta, we're still coated in snow and ice and probably will be for the next couple of days.  No one in the Southeast escaped the wrath except, of course, Florida.

But it's not over.  Now that the southern-track storm has moved into the Atlantic and is moving north, the other Midwest storm is going to merge with it, creating a Nor'easter event that could dump up to two feet of snow in the Northeast.  Winter storm warnings and advisories have been posted for the event - 32 states have winter storm advisories issued, by the way.

Here's how the snow forecast breaks down for some major cities:

Washington DC: 2-4 inches
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: 4-6 inches
New York, N.Y.: 6-12 inches
Hartford, Connecticut: 15-20 inches
Boston, Massachusetts: 12-16 inches

The snow and cold started early this winter and has been extreme for most of the country.  Usually the Southeast avoids the blast, but not in 2011.  We're all feeling a little "snowed in" this winter.

soundoff (695 Responses)
  1. HernandezUSA

    Thank goodness for Global warming.....LOL

    January 11, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Samitup

      HernandezUSA get you facts straight first. http://www.grist.org/article/extreme-warming-in-artic-will-cause-cold-snowy-winters-and-political-gridlo/

      January 11, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • suz

      global warming results in erratic and extreme weather patterns – not just hotter temperatures.

      January 11, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darthlawsuit

      Al Gore calls it global warming because he is a moron. Its climate change. When you change the temperatures across the earth you also change weather patterns. It seems that the warming earth has experienced has changed weather patterns and brought the cold further south than usual. So look forward to hotter, dryer summers and colder, snowier winters.

      The good news is that Canada now has less snow since its in Georgia right now.

      January 11, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Christian Soto

      Warmer winter temperatures allow for more snow because bodies of water do not completely freeze over as quickly had it been colder. So yes, thanks global warming.

      January 11, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • E

      Yes, this is global warming. Erratic weather patterns are a typical sign. However, the most prevalent signs are the melting of the glaciers/arctic, increased forest fires worldwide, devastating draughts, sea level rise, insect infestation, and many more pretty things. PLEASE LEARN ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING FROM A SCIENCE TEXTBOOK AND CALL YOUR SENATORS!!

      January 11, 2011 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Huff

      Samitup, I see. You read it on the internet so it must be true! Sure there are global warmers with reports saying anything you want. Doesn't make it true nor does it mean its man caused. Natures CO2 production completely dwarfs anything produced by man. No comparison.

      January 11, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      Check out the map for February 13, 2010. Snow was on the ground in every state including Florida. I found the archives on the same site as this reported found the map for today. So much for the theory that, "This is extremely unusual, though it's hard to put a date on when this last happened because records aren't kept on this kind of event." Looks like the reporter was wrong three times in one sentence!

      January 11, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • E

      HUFF, GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT. WE HAVE INCREASED THE LEVELS OF CO2 IN THE ATMOSPHERE TO SCARY LEVELS BY PUMPING TRILLIONS OF TONS OF CO2 AND OTHER GREENHOUSE GASES INTO THE ATMOSPHERE. PLEASE, PICK UP A SCIENCE TEXTBOOK OR PEER-REVIEWED SCIENCE JOURNAL AND LEARN ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING. ITS UNDENIABLE AND THERE IS NO REAL DEBATE AMONG SCIENTISTS THAT WE ARE CAUSING THE EARTH'S AVERAGE TEMPERATURES TO RISE.

      January 11, 2011 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • durb in ak

      gobal warming, is in fact, not inaccurate in describing the climate change, as on average, the earth is steadily warming. The problem is, when morons see cold streaks like the one we are currently experiencing they take it to mean the earth is not warming, and there for they disregard what science shows us. The fact that it's winter time, and it's cold, goes to show just how stupid global warming/climate change skeptics really are. Stupid being a gross understatement.

      January 11, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darthlawsuit

      Huff- Aye and Earth has handled her own CO2 production for millions upon millions of years without any incident. It was only after we started massive deforestation did we start to have problems. Then after massive deforestation we ramped up our CO2 production to levels only Earth used to be capable of producing. We continue to chop up her forests while increasing CO2 production.If we reduce her forests she cannot absorb as much CO2. We also continue to increase our CO2 production, and she cannot keep up with both the CO2 Earth normally produces AND the extra we produce.

      Earth isn't Jesus and cannot magically increase how much CO2 she can absorb. She can absorb so much for every acre of forest. As you decrease forest she cannot absorb as much. Past that it is just basic math until the amount she can absorb goes under the amount she and people produces.

      January 11, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aezel

      Huff as I said below I'm still waiting for a link to a peer-reviewed scientific journal article or research excerpt that supports your claims about CO2. Until you do you are just making up more bull**** off the top of your head.

      January 11, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Huff

      E, check your facts. Man caused CO2 accounts for about 0.28% of total CO2 production. Natures CO2 production completely dwarfs that of mans.

      January 11, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • ccp

      Look at all the global warming tards jumping all over your case.

      January 11, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Huff

      Aezel, please provide credible research that proves mans CO2 is significant compared with natures and properly accounts for water vapor being 95% of earths greenhouse gases.

      January 11, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Enoch100

      global warming caused the Saints to lose.

      January 11, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • adam

      @matt:
      Don't ya love people who think snow means global warming is a myth??? Obviously they never read anything about about the effects of global warming, rather they just think it's black and white... Get an education Hernandez

      January 11, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • durb in ak

      ccp, intellectuals would disagree. what's your definition of intelligent? is it disregarding what experts tell you, and instead concocting your own opinion, which directly conflicts with expert opinion? You're brilliant then...... you're a fckin genius.... holy santa clause sht.

      January 11, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Global warming doesn't mean warm, it means unusual weathers like this one you stupid~

      January 11, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darthlawsuit

      Huff- Please provide proof that mass deforestation has no effect on CO2 absorption. Oh wait, thats impossible. Yeah, man messed up the CO2 cycle by destroying too many of natures methods of getting rid of CO2. Now Earth cannot process all the CO2 being released.

      January 11, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Its very easy to be a global warming alarmist just abide by the following rules: If its warmer than normal the cause is global warming. If its colder than normal the cause is global warming. Lots of hurricanes? Global warming. Fewer hurricanes? Global warming. Flood? Global warming. Drought? Global warming. Famine? Global warming. Any unusual weather pattern or event? Global warming. Social or economic hardships? Global warming. Inability to find matching socks? Global warming.

      January 11, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Huff

      Sure deforestation plays some role. Trouble is that nature itself produces so much CO2 itself that your claim most likely is miniscule. One volcano produces decades worth of gases that man does and deforestation doesn't account for the drop in CO2 absortion of just one volcanoes output. Nature out does anything of man many times over.

      January 11, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeremy

      This is why are school system fails.....Your an idiot, turn around get a bottle of pills and a bottle of jack and do us all a favor!

      January 11, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • E

      Huff, I see where you get your bogus information from:

      http://www.geocraft.com/WVFossils/greenhouse_data.html

      That's trash. Why don't you try looking up global warming and the carbon cycle from a college environmental science textbook, or any peer-reviewed science journal.

      January 11, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Huff

      E, you didn't mention the other two sites. Theres scores more I'm sure you can discredit any that disagree with you. Fact is 95% of earths greenhouse gases are water vapor. If you account for that then even the global warmers own data puts mans CO2 production at 0.28% compared with natures. Your belief in junk science doesn't figure in water vapor and is what you and other global warmers rely on for your 'proof'.

      January 11, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • TENNILL

      A lot of people have bought into the media propaganda of the so called "Global Warming".....Before we get into an Ice Age the Earth warms up a bit...It will be known as the "Water Cycles" ...We as humanity do not have enough records yet, these cycles last a long time; the last one that occurred was somewhere in the 1400's......Another scientific view, contrary to the COMMON media propaganda ..... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=augWGYU_Av4

      January 11, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darthlawsuit

      Huff- Hum? I seem to recall CO2 levels being steady for millions of years before hand (BTW took a class on this). Which implies that the amount of forests and carbon sinks were able to effectively absorb all of the CO2 Earth could produce, before we came around. Therefore your argument holds no weight. Also hundreds of years ago the Earth's atmosphere used to have large amounts of CO2 instead of O2 but the rise of plants changed that. They converted the planetary environment from CO2 based to oxygen based, leading to the rise of animals. A fully green planet can forever stay oxygen rich and even turn the planet from CO2 -> Oxygen.

      So yes, changing the planetary environment from plants to concrete can change the composition of the atmosphere. Also one volcano blowing up wasn't worth noting in terms of CO2 emissions when the planet was fully green. Infact plants have been growing much better lately due to the extra CO2 which indicates they were having a lack of CO2 to process before.

      I am ignoring Nitrogen because it plays no importance in this post. It is 78% of the atmosphere and oxygen is close to 21%.

      January 11, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • eldono

      Back in 1977 there was snow on the ground in all 50 states in January. It snowed in Miami that year.

      January 11, 2011 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Don

      Is it real or is it memorex? pointless debate. I'm afraid to ask but how do you propose we individually reduce emissions? Are you willing to walk to work (I'm not it's 12 miles away and 8 degrees outside). Everything you bought from the grocery store today got there on a semi. Alternative energy costs 2x as much as fossil fuels (some are lower but not if you remove the federal subsidy). Did any of you fly this past holiday? they don't make an electric 747. What are you personally willing to do? I especially want to hear from MS/MR CAPS LOCK ON E SHOUTING AT US. Its considered rude dude / dudette.

      January 11, 2011 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • E

      haha, junk science?? That's very funny Huff. Why don't you contact a climate science professor at a top-tier university and ask her to explain global warming to you.

      That .28% statistic is bogus. We have emitted enough carbon into the atmosphere to increase carbon levels from 320 PPM to 387 PPM in last 50 years! that's a staggering increase of CO2 in an extremely short time. As a result, the increased amount of CO2 absorbs heat which causes other air molecules to heat up and the global temperatures rise–as they have risen dramatically in past 10 years. I don't know if you are associated with the fossil fuel industry, but most sources of global warming deniers are. And so are the paid scientists who try to muddy the true scientific facts. Remember how the Bush administration edited Jim Hansen's facts about global warming? Well, that's all a product of the oil industry fighting against science. http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/03/17/60minutes/main1415985.shtml

      January 11, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cliff Vegas

      Yo, Hernandez... global warming means climate change; read "unstable weather patterns." Some places will get substantially warmer while others will get substantially colder – but not all at once, and not necessarily in any particular order. But, heck. you are part of the American common denominator; people who wouldn't know a REAL peer reviewed paper if it came up and shook your hand.

      January 11, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • bb

      When it's hot, it's global warming...err, climate change. When it's cold, it's climate change. When it rains, doesn't rain, heats up, cools down...yep, climate change.

      January 11, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kathy

      Wow, I never thought I would see so many people arguing over this. Let me remind all of you who said
      Obviously, they never read anything about the “effects” of global warming, rather they just think it's black and white... Get an education.
      Well here is a question for you.
      How do we actually know the affects/process when we have NOT actually gone through the whole cycle of Global – Warming?
      Does everyone in this country, believe everything they read? I guess people still believe they put a man on the moon. Even though that has not happened since, and this is what 2011?

      January 11, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • don

      Cmon Kathy, we have flawed computer models to trust in. We couldn't see last weeks snow storms on the east coast weeks before they happened but we can tell you what the climate will be in 100 years..... what? Nevermind cycles of sun spots...

      January 11, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • SunMagnetism2011

      Media has informed the public that the north and south poles are changing coordinates each day at a rate faster than previously speculated. I am sure that this happening is caused by things beyond earth and its atmosphere. Excess pollution will never be a good thing, even if our planet is naturally destroyed by something else! Curse the rapscallion barons that planted greedy waste making factories!

      January 11, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • shelleyinmtl

      my snow tires are on (the law in quebec) my boots,hats and down filled coats are ready. Could we please have our snow back.

      January 11, 2011 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darthlawsuit

      Kathy- Increased CO2 in atmosphere = increased acidity in ocean, it has also been warming oceans. Increased acidity and warmth is bleaching coral. Many fish populations rely on coral to repopulate. With less corral we have less fish. Less fish hurts the fishing industry and hurts our food supply. All proven science

      Oceans also convert a good portion of our CO2 into oxygen. What happens when the Ocean gets too acidic for certain photo plankton? I really do not want to find out.

      January 11, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phil, Ohio

      Note the date on this two page article from TIME.

      Another Ice Age?
      Monday, Jun. 24, 1974

      "~when meteorologists take an average of temperatures around the globe they find that the atmosphere has been growing gradually cooler for the past three decades. " The trend shows no indication of reversing. Climatological Cassandras are becoming increasingly apprehensive, for the weather aberrations they are studying may be the harbinger of another ice age.
      http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,944914,00.html

      January 11, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • juanito

      greetings from ftmyers florida jejeejejeeejj

      January 11, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • alexys

      i live in florida :(

      January 11, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Timmy-o

      @HernandezUSA LOL, I thought your joke was funny. I guess everyone else took it too seriously. Anyway, I love reading comments on CNN. They're so much more entertaining than the articles.

      January 11, 2011 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • kwhite

      Does it really much matter if it is global warming or climate change? It is cold and it sucks. Just keep in mind that not everything you read on the internet is fact, even this comment. People just want to be heard. Believe what you want and just regurgitating facts that you believe are true, is true in your mind. Why sit hear and bicker. This is what makes you so enraged instead of doing something productive like making a change. Most likely you are afraid to change how you look at the world. We all know that littering is bad, right? If you believ this thenn clean up trhe garbage. But , you see it decide to turn away as though you do not see it, but the trash is still there unpicked up. If you pick it up everytime you cross its path, everytime you will make a change. Others will follow. Speak passionately about it and do. Do not preach and not do. If you think cars are bad for the enviornment get a cleaner car, do not make excuses why you dont. Enjoy how pretty the snow looks, help shovel instead of watching tv wondering why the streets are not being shoveled and complaining. That is counter productive. Actually help your neighbors, all of them, no matter what it takes. Do not ask just do.

      If it is truely global warming go down knowing your kids, wife, neighbors, friends and passers by know you tried to do it right. Follow the laws and do the right thing. Take the chip off your shoulder.

      January 11, 2011 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      Morons like HernandezUSA will never take the time to learn what climate change brings with it. They react with dumb posts about the reality of global warming. The sad thing is that people like HernandezUSA do know how to use a computer and type on a keyboard. Beyond that, anything is a major stretch.

      January 11, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Burgermeister Meisterburger

      I thought I saw a wooly mammoth walk by the other day.

      January 11, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Darthlawsuit actually Al Gore used the phrase 'Global Warming' because the overall average temperature of this planets air and ocean temperatures are indeed warming each year. You are totally correct on all other points. Of course it is this very warming overall that is causing 'climate change'.

      January 11, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gaven

      Snow in Hawaii?? Do you consider it snow when its 9000 feet in the mountains of Hawaii? That's called frozen tundra not snow people. So technically its 48 of the 50 states. Please fix and thank have a nice day.

      January 11, 2011 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • cynicalme

      like frogs in a pot...

      January 11, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • JamesDaMan

      Stuff is a changing as it always has. However we are now a variable in the change too a magnitude never seen before. No computer knows whats going to happen. All I can speculate is its going to be one hell of ride! We as a species need to understand that everything has a consequence. If you can find a way to prove that adding a single grain of sand to a tub doesn't make it rise. Then you can disprove our impact. Good luck with that.

      January 11, 2011 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dannon

      Educate yourself.... your ignorance is dangerous.

      January 11, 2011 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay

      That image is ridiculous, snow is shown all the way down to south Mississippi, however, I live in the middle of Mississippi and there isn't ANY snow around here, nor in the counties all around here!!!

      January 11, 2011 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • grammar girl

      Kathy,
      Please get your grammar straight before you try to correct other people–"effect" is used for nouns, such as the effects of global warming, or the effects/processes . . . affect is a verb.

      This whole discussion on climate is getting quite ridiculous, and I have not wanted to comment until now. This goes to all of the posters with poor spelling as well! It is very hard to take your comments seriously when they are misspelled and sound so uneducated.

      I can't even believe I have read the comments section this far . . . it's like a train wreck and I simply can't stop scrolling down. Please, people, get off your computers and read a book! Read a journal! Read a children's novel! The computer (and its spell check) are obviously getting you no where.

      ***
      "Obviously, they never read anything about the “effects” of global warming, rather they just think it's black and white... Get an education.
      Well here is a question for you. How do we actually know the affects/process when we have NOT actually gone through the whole cycle of Global – Warming?"

      January 11, 2011 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • dash

      @Gavan-
      Yes, it is still snow, even though it is almost twice as high up as Denver. The biome is irrelevant. Snow in Siberia or Antartica is still snow.

      January 12, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • The DR

      I love it when the climate change followers say,"climate change means unpredictable, sometimes drastic weather". By rule, weather is unpredictable and drastic. The best trick they have ever pulled is to convince people that changing weather patterns and extreme weather is abnormal. I laugh at you.

      January 12, 2011 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. RUFFNUTT

    snow? in the middle of winter? omg.. thanks cnn...

    January 11, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Darthlawsuit

      Haha you made me laugh with that one. Their just saying its unusual to be in 49 states at once.

      January 11, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jimmy Cracks Soda Bread

      Snow in January...whaddayaknow...the last 2 winters have more snow because the oceans are warmer and there's more moisture in the air.....it snowed 16 inches in San Antonio in 1985 the last two years have been tame compared to winters in previous decades.

      January 11, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cliff Vegas

      Hard to wrap your arms around that one huh?

      January 11, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • southern style

      here in AL we have snow what about global warmin?????? Prez oBOONma and the libturds strike again.... that ape needs to starts listen to amereca ... what i dont get is that skidmark sits in his palace a laugh at us and libturds stil vote for him ... as far as i'm concerned he's a keyan comunist who take our fredom one day at time .... the only true amerecn left in office are ppl like bhoner and McConnell, GOD BLESS the true amerecans!!!! all the hippi librals should just go to san fran and get gay togther.

      January 11, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. meee

    I miss the days when there was no satellite image. .then it was a surprise! like sneaking up on you

    January 11, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Fric

      Lol.....our meteorologist was the window. :)

      January 11, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Diane

    Hello Ice Age!!!

    January 11, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Me

      No kidding!!!!

      January 11, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • E

      ICE AGE?? HA, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN LIVING?? TRY THE HOTTEST AVERAGE GLOBAL TEMPERATURES IN THE HISTORY OF HUMANKIND.

      THE ARCTIC IS MELTING, SEA LEVELS ARE RISING, FORESTS ARE BURNING AND SOIL IS ERODING. PLEASE LEARN ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING FROM A SCIENCE TEXTBOOK AND THEN CALL YOUR SENATORS.

      January 11, 2011 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aidan

      Actually, since the 1940's, the average global temperature has dropped several degrees.
      Cited from your Liberal media for your pleasure: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,944914,00.html

      January 11, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • durb in ak

      ice age..... what planet are you on? snow in winter is not unusual. scientists predict that soon the arctic ice, that bulds in the winter, will stay open even in the winter, so we get trade routes through the north all year long...... if you think that means a possible ice age, then you must think water freezes at warmer temperatures. I blame our education system really. it's not your fault, but your complacency is really sad

      January 11, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • durb in ak

      my guess is, time got it wrong, as every single chart of average global temperatures show a sharp increase form the late 1800s until now. seeing as how they have very little to show for their data, I have no reason to believe them.

      January 11, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • durb in ak

      you know in the rest of the world, liberals and conservatives can agree on at least one thing: global warming is real. here in America, sadly, conservatives are either too stupid or too arrogant to admit they have been standing in the way of science.

      January 11, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      @Aidan, umm....did you even bother to look at the date of the article you referenced? That's a Time article from Monday, June 24, 1974! Here's one with some more up-to-date data points: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Instrumental_Temperature_Record.svg

      January 11, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darthlawsuit

      durb in ak- CO2 is increasing due to man. However we are not making enough CO2 to single handedly cause this change. What we are doing is decreasing Earths ability to absorb and store CO2 while increasing our output of CO2. Normally whenever a volcano Erupted the CO2 it released would be absorbed by the massive forests, swamps, grasslands, and other eco systems of earth. Now that we have gotten rid of a LARGE majority of those former ecosystems Earth is having difficulty processing the CO2 it produces, let along the extra we throw into the air. It is all our fault, but it is not just because we are throwing extra CO2 into the air.

      Also I am sure that concrete jungles assist in warming of the areas around it. In noon in the summer sit on a sidewalk (in a large city) then sit on some grass in the countryside and see how much of a difference in temperature the two places have.

      January 11, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • bb

      I can't learn about global warming/climate change from a textbook because I can't get out of my driveway to get to the library!!!

      January 11, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • durba

      darth, is there a reason you felt the need to explain it to me? I already made it perfectly clear that global warming is real. I didn't ask why, as I already know the many factors. The people who are labeling the studies and scientists as hoaky or junk science need the lesson. Thanks though.

      January 11, 2011 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. db Lovett

    Increased snowfall supports global warming theory in that higher rates of evappration from warmer water puts more moisture in the air that becomes snow in freezing temps.

    January 11, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • matt

      Good luck trying to explain the process to ignorant folks with the attention span of an ant.

      January 11, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Huff

      If its too warm, global warming, too cold, global warming, too rainy, global warming, too dry, global warming, too snowy, global warming. Really doesn't matter what the reports are, the Al Gorians will still call it global warming.

      January 11, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • db bell

      Global warming means a warming in temperatures globally throughout the year. Not a warming in temperatures during the warm months and a much colder temperature during cold months. Warming means warmer not colder.
      Read about the last mini ice age then talk about global warming.
      Oh yeah and your moisture theory, I've been living in Florida for the past 20 years and the last 5 years have been drought. We have changed from a tropical wet environment to a dry less humid environment down here but I suppose global warming has something to do with that too right?
      Ridiculous!

      January 11, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      db Bell... nice try at sounding informed but please go back to watching "Murder She Wrote" or "Matlock"

      January 11, 2011 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Samitup

      http://www.grist.org/article/extreme-warming-in-artic-will-cause-cold-snowy-winters-and-political-gridlo/

      January 11, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Addy

      It was probs just man-bear-pig. Nothing to be worried about here.

      January 11, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Don

      So Global Warming causes Global Cooling ... is that what you're saying? Because that sound like what you're saying and it also sounds incredibly ignorant. There is no global warming. There WAS – SOLAR warming – as all planets in the solar system warmed up. That process has stopped and all the CO2 we can push into the atmosphere now won't make it feel any warmer here on Earth. Have the weather patterns changed to push colder air south? Yes! Is the planet still warming? No! It hasn't for almost a decade now, and if Chinese atmospheric physicist, Lin Zhen-Shan, PhD, Peking University 1991, Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at Nanjing University in China is right in his paper from 2005, we are in for 25 to 30 years of global cooling. Now I know the leftist wing-bats like to think American scientists have been bought off by big oil. Do you think the same of the Chinese scientists - because you seem to love everything ELSE about China and its communism?

      January 11, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jim

    Plenty of snow in Florida, it just goes up their noses and never makes it to the ground.

    January 11, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mack

      HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHA!

      January 11, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. sburg

    49 outta 50 huh. thank u HAARP;)

    January 11, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Lance

      My thoughts exactly....and more and more everyday.

      January 11, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jim

    db Lovett, Don't try to reason with the No Global Warming LOL dinks, it is just a waste of time.... stupid is as stupid does.

    January 11, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Huff

      When I hear that global warming is because of increased man caused CO2 I have to LOL. Sorry, but natures CO2 production dwarfs anything man produces. Simply no comparison.

      January 11, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hot Air

      Hmmmm.... Global warming? Of course its happening, but remember, the dumb ones just do not understand what green house gases really are and how they are damaging the earth. These are people who probably still believe that god lives in the clouds and the bible is the best historical reference that we can base our lives off of, but only select parts of it that applies to their lives, the ones that make them happy. The thought that they are actually destroying the earth by driving their gas guzzling SUV's just means they have to change their life to accommodate the rest of humanity, which just means less time to spent on making sure they have a good life.

      January 11, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aezel

      Okay Huff, since you are so sure about that "fact" that all the CO2 that nature produces dwarfs the man made CO2, provide me a link. You can't just make up bull**** and claim it is fact. I want to see the research that supports your point of view. If you can't provide it then basically you are just making up nonsense off the top of your head. I'm calling you out right here, and you can prove your side and be ultimately victorious in front of everyone if you can link me ONE credible peer-reviewed scientific article in a major science publication that supports your CO2 assertion. Otherwise, go back to the sandbox with the dimwits where you belong.

      January 11, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • E

      AGREED. BUT WE NEED TO SOMEHOW EDUCATE THE AMERICA PUBLIC ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING. PEOPLE ARE GETTING BRAINWASHED BY FOX NEWS, AND WE NEED TO EDUCATE PEOPLE ABOUT THE TRUTH. IF FOX NEWS IS SUCCESSFUL, THEN WE ARE DOOMED. GLOBAL WARMING IS NOT SLOWING DOWN BY ITSELF!

      January 11, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Huff

      Hot Air, sure such gases may cause warming. Trouble is connecting that to man. Nature produces such gases 1000's of times that of man. There is simply no comparison to what nature itself produces. CO2?? Mans production is miniscule compared to nature yet Al Gore shows some pretty graphs and avoids talking about what nature does itself.

      January 11, 2011 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Huff

      Aezel, surely you must have done some of your own research to question my claim! No matter what I show you will discredit it pure your own bias rather than admit you are wrong. There are scores of reports that state the same thing as I am. The ONLY ones that don't are based on discounting water vapor as the main greenhouse gas. A very flawed reasoning.

      http://volcano.oregonstate.edu/education/gases/man.html
      http://www.newton.dep.anl.gov/askasci/gen01/gen01824.htm
      http://www.geocraft.com/WVFossils/greenhouse_data.html

      January 11, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darthlawsuit

      Huff- Aye Earth produces (fake numbers) 1000 tons of CO2 and she used to be able to absorb 1000 tons of CO2. We then embarked on massive deforestation and now she can absorb 900 tons of CO2. We are also producing 100 tons of CO2. So there is a total of 1100 tons of CO2 and Earth can absorb 900 tons. Eventually we will run into a problem, just like the US debt.

      January 11, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      First off, I am in complete agreement that Al Gore is a tool! But I work in the environmental sciences.... climate change is real and we are contributing to it. Please take some time to learn a number of different sciences and how to link them before you reiterate a political sound-bite. Once youstudy and research this topic you will find that we are affecting the atmospheric and hydrological cycles. And while the earth does emit CO2, NO2 and SO2 we are enhancing these emissions. But if you don't buy anything I am saying please lobby to have CFC's be re-emitted , who needs the Ozone Layer!

      January 11, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Boberan

      I guess "E" has his caps lock on and doesn't know how to turn it off. Idiot.
      Also, from what I've read in science books is that when trees die (natural or due to man) when they decompose, they release all of the CO2 they absorbed. If that's true, then it really doesn't make much of a difference. We can plant more trees, but in the end, there's just as much CO2 floating around, albeit not in the atmosphere, but below our feet. Sooner or later it ends up in the atmosphere.

      January 11, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darthlawsuit

      Boberan- Actually they only release a fraction of it. You can release all of the CO2 by burning them, however you cannot burn all of a tree. You might think of a tree as what you can see, however they ALL have elaborate root systems that stay in the ground and keep the CO2 locked in. When they decompose they lose some of their CO2 but unless that decomposed matter is all burnt it will fall to the ground and eventually be covered up by other matter, at which point it is locked into the earth. There is a lot more complex things that can happen but I don't feel like typing it out on CNN and doubt people would read it.

      January 11, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • NextIceAge

      2010 was the 9099th warmest year in the past 10,000. CO2 levels have been 3 times higher than they are now. Climate change is what happens after 100's of years. Weather happens by decades. Look at the past 100,000 years of CO2 and temperatures then look at where we are on the chart – nothing special high or low.

      January 11, 2011 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bob Scotchaloti

    Global warming causes snow and bitter cold in some places that usually dont get snow. If you would get your science from books instead of fox news, you would know that.

    January 11, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Huff

      Global warming apparently causes any and all weather reported. Heat, cold, dry, snowy, rainy etc. Doesn't matter. The global warmers will explain it all no matter what the weather is.

      January 11, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      An Huff will deny it all... no matter what!

      January 11, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Huff

      Jim, its a money making scheme. Gore has made millions off people that believe. Sorry, but evidence clearly shows man made CO2 and other gases is miniscule compared to natures. Even if you take the global warmers own 'facts' man produces only 0.28% of all greenhouse gases. Gore and the likes fail to account for water vapor, which accounts for 95% of earths greenhouse gases. Doing that incorrectly suggests mans contribution is 5.5% which is flat out wrong.

      January 11, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • dr. husoy

      if you got your information from scientists rather than pop culture movies (day after tomorrow?) you would know better as well. Global warming does nothing of the kind. This is coming from a brain surgeon with 4 years at oxford and another 4 at harvard medical

      January 11, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • bb

      Agreed. We should all watch the unbiased MSNBC to get our 'news'.

      January 11, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. sburg

    lol get real big brother and other superpowers have been playing with the weather for the last forty years. what do u think chem trails are? HAARP was built by the soviets first then us now China and Iran now have it. weather is changing because they wanna for a carbon tax on everyone eventually or u could just say the weather is naturally screwed up. in one day a volcano put out more pollutants than our entire country has in forty years. global warming is a money making scheme always has been always will be. make informed decisions.

    January 11, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Emanuel Orlando

      You should try taking an environmental science class to learn about global warming, rather than relying on political arguments to defeat a scientific theory.

      January 11, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      Ahh, the irony..."make informed decisions" from someone who completely lacks the ability to 'make an informed decision'. Gotta luv it!

      January 11, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Huff

      Emanual, maybe its you who should do some studying! Natures CO2 production completely dwarfs that of mans.

      January 11, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Emanuel

      Huff, read about the carbon cycle. Yes, nature produces CO2. Also, we are pumping trillions of tons of CO2 into the atmosophere and burning up fossil fuels that are needed to store the CO2 as part of the carbon cycle. Nature's CO2 emissions are at a relatively constant rate, but the CO2 has increased from about 318 parts per million to around 387 parts per million since around 1960. This is absolutely unprecedented, and it is consistent with the vast amounts of carbon that we have burned into the atmosphere. Also, this disbalance in the carbon cycle is causing the oceans to become acidic (because they are absorbing unnatural levels of CO2), and the acidification is destroying the Great Barrier Reef and other coral reefs worldwide. Look it up.

      January 11, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. its me 123

    nice info

    January 11, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. kim

    I dont want to be in florida but this is some odd weather creepy.

    January 11, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. RUFFNUTT

    i'd rather be down south, it melts quicker.

    January 11, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. kenny

    I think the oilfelds have reliesed preshure off the center of earth at an alarming rate causig the planet to shift off its axess making very harsh winters and colder temp from our own tecnology we will perish pray there is a god for the sake of us all.Amen

    January 11, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jim

      ???

      January 11, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wheeee

      Kenny, Kenny, Kenny bless you for your wisdumb

      January 11, 2011 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  15. DAWN

    DO I HEAR ARMAGEDDON ANYONE?????

    January 11, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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