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. DanO

    @Aaron, you are but so wise... However 30 gigatons compared to 750 gigatons is 4% of the earth's emission. You see when you get a calculator and divide 30 by 750 it comes to 0.04. This is a decimal which you must convert to a percentage, but surely you must have known this.

    January 12, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Todd

    That's why I live in Florida. Sunny and 50 right now in Tampa. 🙂

    January 12, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Scott

    Does that include Hawaii?

    January 12, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      It specifically says it does in the article.

      January 12, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thom Bell

      The "lower 48 states" do not inclue Alaska or Hawaii.

      January 12, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Terri

      Yes, Hawaii has snow in the mountains. There is no snow in Florida.

      January 12, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ken Adams

      No SNOW in Houston !

      January 12, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • shelly

      So much for global warming

      January 12, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • perry

      hey shelly if u knew anything about gobal warming which it diff sounds like u dont u would understand this is what they call the earths way of correcting itself there is a movie about it in case i am talking to fast for u look it up before u speak next time fool

      January 12, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • carlos

      If you read the whole story you would see that yes even hawaii is getting snow.

      January 12, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave schleinz

      It may be snowing in northern Arizona, but Phoenix is 70, sunny and beautiful. Who needs Florida and humidity.

      January 12, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      This is Al Gore's global warming. Looks like we're gonna melt tomorrow.

      January 12, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack Smith

      Yes, that's what the article stated.

      January 12, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shadow


      January 12, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joey

      Checking in from sunny Florida!!!

      January 12, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Garden Gal

      Who needs FL?
      Heading further south to the USVI!!!!

      January 12, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cynthia Haltom

      Wow this seems a bit like "Day After Tomorrow" after Global Warming. Of course the movie is just that a movie, however, the snow falling all over the country, well that sounds like Global Warming and it is a reality. Hope it doesn't end the same way but you just never can tell cause people won't listen, our politics are too busy fighting and the everyday populace is just to busy scurrying around with their daily lives to even pay attention. Will we be caught off guard? No, we will just be caught.

      January 12, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • christopher


      January 12, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • taverner6

      Yes, it sounds exactly like The Day After Tomorrow, the only movie that can have a worldwide negative 100 degree weather because of Global Warming.

      Ask yourselves this question... Al Gore has said we are in danger of killing all life off of the earth. He has actually said this. IF we don't curb and reduce our CO2 emissions. Now, if you thought that your carbon footprint was actually KILLING THE PLANET, would you not reduce your own carbon footprint? I know I would. But does Al Gore? Nope. His carbon footprint is about 10 times the normal household.

      Why would he not reduce that if he thought it was killing the planet? If I believed what he believed, I'd be living in a mud hut and begging everyone else to do that same. But, not Al. He keeps flying around in jets powered by fossil fuels.

      Maybe he needs to live the life he is trying to make everyone else live.

      January 12, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Di Manning

      The last I checked, 47 states (with snow) out of 48 (contiguous) states equals 98%, not 69.4%. It would be a bit higher if one counted 49 out of 50...

      January 12, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike S

      @Scott Read the 1st sentence again.

      January 12, 2011 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • melonie

      Does it look like a new Ice age coming up to you ? The way the weather patterns have been the last ten years I feel we might be entering the beginning of a new ice age.

      January 13, 2011 at 1:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Christal

      Yes, it does. Hawaii has had snow. Florida is the only one that didn't get snow..

      January 13, 2011 at 7:23 am | Report abuse |
    • @shelly

      @shelly-this doesn't prove that there is no global warming genius. It does prove there is climate change....

      January 13, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • @Ken Adams

      Hate to let you in on this buddy but anyway- Houston is not a state!!!

      January 13, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shannon

      Shelly, actually, global warming doesn't actually ONLY cause flooding and warmer than typical weather. Yes, snow /& harsher winter weather are equalled in. And, "a Gallup poll found that 66% of all scientists agree that global warming has occurred, 10% disagree, and the rest are undecided." Quit trolling, and do yourself and everyone else a favor by researching more. I mean, you have time to read the comment section of cnn, therefor you should have time to look up scientific studies, numbers, and debates. Now, it is up to you to decide what you personally believe, but to simply put up a poorly researched comment is, well, stupid, and reflects poorly on you.
      So, for starters, here is an article from Skeptical Science that talks about exactly what you yourself suggested-That colder winters must thrash the global warming theory altogether.

      January 16, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shannon

      Please excuse my typing errors and overuse of the word "actually." If there was an edit button, I'd fix them.

      January 16, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shannon

      Will, that seems a little silly now, doesn't it? "Hmm, a big rock is going to fall from the sky at some point, so what the heck Let's just not give a crap and trash it while we're still here/speed up the process." Common sense and self-preservation be damned, right? Sure, it is absolutely possible that it could happen at any point in time. But that's like not maintaining your vehicle, since, you know, it's not going to last you a lifetime anyway, but worse, as other people will be also pay the price.

      January 16, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • j

      Don't worry folks, The UN just declared this year the hottest EVER! So I'm sure all that snow you are shoveling is just another clever lie perpatrated by the evil right wingers at fox news. Because we all know if it gets warmer, or colder, snows more, or less...its Global Warming...its science people, come on.

      January 20, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • cdwatkins

      Here is El Paso, we have had only two days of rain since September. Yes we do get rain a lot more than present. The good thing is that everyone around us is getting that much needed moisture.

      January 22, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Logic

      This is not a big surprise for Hawaiians, they always get snow in the higher elevations.

      January 26, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bryan

      Ha! Hampton Roads, Virginia = cold but snow free... We may not get as lucky every time but prob most times... God I love living on the coast!

      January 27, 2011 at 2:30 am | Report abuse |
    • walter

      nice d-bait!! like most Americans , no intelligence is shown-get a job.

      January 27, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kyle

      I live on the Big Island of Hawaii. We have two mountains over 13,000 feet here on the Big Island. Most people who visit Hawaii dont know this. There was snow this morning on the top of the highest, Mauna Kea – but not very much. Mauna Kea is almost 14,000 feet high – very close to the height of Mount Rainier in WA or Mt Whitney in CA. Much of the winter, we dont have snow up there, but with new storm systems, we get a few inches on the peaks... Down at the beach though, it is 80+ degrees so dont worry about your vacation time. I would say, come and visit...Go to the snow in the morning and then come down to the beach in the afternoon...Its kind of cool that we can do that here.

      January 28, 2011 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Kyle

      And just a quick addition... When they say that 69.4% of the contiguous US has snow on the ground, I dont think they mean that all states but Florida represent 69.4% of the states. I think what they meant was that 69.4% of the landmass is covered with snow (ignoring state boundaries). From looking at the map, this seems to be the case. Just my two cents.

      January 28, 2011 at 1:33 am | Report abuse |
  4. ar

    so much for global warming?

    January 12, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |

      Global warming is a bunch of BS. We've had our coldest winter, coldest summer, coldest spring, coldest fall on record in San Diego. If I ever see Al Gore, I'm going to smack him.

      January 12, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jen

      Global warming predicts extreme temperatures – summers get hotter and winters get colder.

      January 12, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • nette

      January 12, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |

      Jen, if the winters get colder by the same amount as the summers get warmer, then how's that global warming?

      January 12, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      "Warming" is a misnomer. What happens is that weather becomes more extreme–hotter summers, colder winters, more powerful hurricanes, more flooding, etc.

      January 12, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kellen

      I wish you were kidding James...but I'm sure you are just that idiotic. Please see the link...

      January 12, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Will

      Please – "on record" means the last 150 years. The planet is 4billion Y.O. and enviro whackos are making the leap to doom-n-gloom on a few year's records. One thing is for certain: all the polluting, all the enviro protection won't mean a hill of beans when the next rock drops from the sky...and this WILL happen

      January 12, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • lakoneus

      global cooling now.

      January 12, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • nevada trust

      there is a global warming trend, but it's not caused by humans. check out

      January 12, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • QuarkHadron

      And I was so looking forward to cane sugar in Colorado and corn in Canada. Would have gone along way to help with world hunger. Pity.

      January 12, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Global warming is a misnomer. It doesn't mean we will have warm, green winters but the weather patterns are changing due to the buildup of carbon dioxide, therefore the jet stream changes. It could be cyclical but could also be due to global warming.

      January 12, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • max

      Idiot. Climate change means unpredictable, sometimes drastic weather. Global warming is an over simplification of what is really happening. Some times it’s best to be quiet.

      January 12, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • H.C

      guys, don't feed the trolls,

      and if they aren't trolls..... well I might cry.

      January 12, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • umawdbrau

      The idea of "global warming" (climate change is more accurate) is quite funny in itself. Everything in the Universe is always constantly changing. Our Sun is continuously changing every fraction of a fraction of a second, and the same goes for Earth. It's like people thought that weather and the environment were set in stone, and if "unusual" weather started to occur then it's the end of the world. Please. Get a grip people, we live in an ever-changing universe, and Earth is no exception. Humans may be a factor for whats going on, but we're leaps and bounds away from being the primary source of these unusual events.

      January 12, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • breen

      lol global warming is GLOBAL not local look at the record high tempertures in russia last summer i think its more of a shifting of poles though but winter here is hopefully going back to way they were when i was younger as to a lot of creeks seem to be drying up in mountains of nc including the new river.

      January 12, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • SP

      I am sick and tired everytime it's colder than usual, some idiot makes the stupid "so much for global warming" comment. The only current day to day effect we will see due to global warming is more unpredictable, unusual and harsher weather, cold or hot which we are starting to witness. Global warming is about thresholds. As average temperatures in regions that are traditionally frozen cause new, permannent melt, the oceans will rise and the weather patterns will start to change. The only major effect we probably will see in the near future is increased flooding of coastal cities. The hotbox won't occur for hundereds if not thousands of years. The problem is we will be the ones blamed for destroying the planet. But most people don't care about a future that far out, or want to deny that we are actually doing it, so they make asinine statements. Kinda sound like the parents of the shooter who say, "Well I would have never suspected my child" yet the signs are all around.

      January 12, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Trend follower

      So much for Global Warming

      January 12, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brandon

      Whatever you want to call it... the people are in trouble. Increasing population, raising sea levels, decrease in water supply, increase in extreme weather. These are facts, not opinions. And it's getting worse and worse each year. I really don't think there is much we can do about. All I have to say is that if it's a battle between the environment and us, we have no chance.

      January 12, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • taverner6

      It was called Global Warming until the planet started cooling. Then they changed it to Global Climate Change. And when the vast amount of emails came out that a lot of this was ginned up off of faulty data and they knew about it all along, then they would have to be foolish not to realize people would start making fun of it.

      January 12, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • The DR

      I love it when the climate change believers 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 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • JC

      @ Jen- most people used to call hot summers and cold winters "seasons". With the dogmatic religion of global warming, no matter what the weather does cold hot warm cool, rain, dry,'s man-caused global warming to blame and for the true believers there is no way to disprove it.

      January 13, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • George

      Only if you don't understand how to compare average temperatures each year.

      January 14, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • FoxTard

      Global Warming...

      I'm so sick of ignorant rednecks. It's about climate change (more extremes of hot and cold) not global warming. Overall, (like over a century) it will be on average warmer...but only a few degrees.

      January 16, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mike

    Even weather reports devolve into a right wing v the rest verbal abuse session. America for heaven's sake stop this!

    January 12, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. GREG

    although we currently have snow in 49 of 50 states some posters last night were claiming this isn't really that rare they claim we had snow in 50 out of 50 states just last winter and i remember being cold here in NC i don't remember snow being in 50 states ... does anybody really remember that and it seems like it would have been a media event how did i mss it

    January 12, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • jennifer

      at the same time, not all winter.

      January 12, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |

      You're right. Who's the idiot that wrote this story? See:

      January 12, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robin Z

      Thanks James!

      I thought this article seemed Very-Very familiar. . .

      January 12, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • JC

      YES- there was snow in all 50 at the same time last winter. It happened around the first part of February.

      January 13, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Cold War Veteran

    This "map" is missing all the crosshairs. How else is Mother Nature supposed to know what Congressional districts to annihilate with her winter fury?? Oh, I get it... Nature knows they ALL suck! That's why 49 out of 50 states are hit. But why not Florida?? Maybe that's because Florida will be mostly under water soon anyway from global warming, massive hurricanes, and old Republicans. Nice to see that when it comes to annihiation, Mother Nature doesn't take sides.

    January 12, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. theshadows1

    SOUTHERN STYLE... sshhhhhh

    January 12, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ray

    Seriously though – does this type of weather further cement that fact that weather patterns are cyclical and there has been a gross over exaggeration of "global warming?"

    January 12, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Slippers the Clown

      Well in the whole global warming theory stuff, it basically states that it will become so hot that it will become cold. Its some very lengthy process that requires certain things to happen, like more clouds that cause the sun to be blocked out or something like that. Course the way they look at it for controlling people is they look at a very long and incomplete set of equations.. If anyone ever took algebra, it is called a simultaneous equation.

      Now, because we don't know every single variable that goes into weather, we are forced to ignore hundreds of thousands of variables that make up weather. Like the chaos theory of a butterfly flapping its wings in china causing tornadoes in Kansas. No one truthfully knows what would cause weather to happen. But one thing is for sure, Mother nature always seeks balance, and she cannot be controlled by any man.

      I mean if the Global warming theory is correct and Man is causing extreme changes in climate and its not because earth has always had fluctuations of it being hot and then it being cold, then hot again. (Ice ages and not Ice age periods) Then this theory pretty much has to state that it is possible to make a weather machine that could control weather with a push of a button.

      January 13, 2011 at 2:59 am | Report abuse |
    • George

      Well, the whole global warming stuff is simply based on measuring temperatures all over the world, averaging them out, and comparing them year and year to see what direction they're going and how fast. What's happening is right there for anyone that's actually interested in the answer.

      January 14, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      Global warming is more about getting extreme weather, then climate getting warmer. The winters would get colder and the summers would get hotter with wide discrepancies all over the world. Overall the temperature is raising and once the ice in the poles start to melt in a faster rate, the weather patterns will get more extreme.

      January 15, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Cleanitquick


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    • H.C

      that made me giggle 🙂

      January 12, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  11. JGoggles

    I bet Al Gore is kicking himself for calling it "Global Warming" rather than "Drastic Changes in Global Climates".

    January 12, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. vophsi

    They were misinformed, Tallahassee had snow last week. A video was posted on Youtube. It melted when it hit the ground, but we still had snow...

    January 12, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Florida Snow

      Pensacola had snow also, did not stick but it did fall

      January 12, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Logic

      Well then that wouldn't be 'present' now would it? Article is talking about snow on the ground at the moment.

      January 26, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  13. conoclast

    Westley: since this blog sees fit not to allow replies I have to congratulate you as an entry. Congratulations! Not that it will make a dent in the discussion but just seeing a post with researchable facts instead of wild-eyed speculation is, in this atmosphere, a rare treat! Those who, for purely political "idealogical" reasons deny what is happening all around them do so at their peril and ours. But we'll keep chipping away at the stupidity; the truth will out - or will it?

    January 12, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Thom Bell

    I sure wish your reporters would go back to school and take some math courses. If only 1 state of the lower 48 does not have snow, Florida, as the story states then the ratio of states that have snow would be 97.91667% not 69.4% as the idiot reporter stated.The percentage of 69.4 would reflect that 33.312 states would not have snow! To help the reporter learn his percentages, divide 47 by 48 on your calculator and this will give you the correct percentage of states that have snow. Please get it right and reinforce our education system that tries to teach our children!

    January 12, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • rio118

      lower 48 doesnot mean all 48. your math and reading are still wrong

      January 12, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      I interpreted the comment to mean that 69.4% of the _ground_ in the lower 48 was snow covered.

      January 12, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • sh9168

      Actually, You need to learn to read. They are talking about al 50 states not the lower 48. Therefore their math is correct.

      January 12, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • sh9168

      and I guess I need to learn to type. al=all

      January 12, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joey

      69.4% of the total land area of the 48 states, not 69.4% of states. Obviously not every state with snow was 100% covered in snow.

      January 12, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Gault

      You should really take a reading comprehension class before calling people idiots. The percentage is the percentage of land (i.e., square miles) in the lower 48 states that is supposedly covered by snow, not the percentage of states with at least some snow. Also, the article clearly says that 49 of 50 states have at least some snow cover, not 47 of 48. The number is for all 50 states, the percentage is just for the lower 48.

      January 12, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      I see your point but I think what they did was use the snow covered areas divided by the total area. Since some of the states have snow but not the whole state it looks like roughly 70% coverage to me. Just a guess.

      January 12, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • toomuchsnow

      Please sign me up for the John Gault reading comprehension course too, because the words "snow is present in 69.4 percent of the lower 48" don’t appear as “square miles” to me either; but I read left to right.

      January 12, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sunny Florida.

      You're right about the percent of states but I think the article is talking about the percent of land area. See how Texas is mostly without snow but it still has some?

      January 13, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |

    Here is MY OPINION.... JUST AN dont bash on me..because i do respect everybodys opinions about this crazy weather..did anyone ever stop and think that all this drastic climate change has been happening..forever before we even existed.. the reason why the MEDIA is constantly making a big deal out of it... is because now a days technology is way more advanced and they are able to track all this weather going on everywhere..back then obviously technology was not nearly as good as it is stop sweating it.!!! for those who believe in 2012 or that the end is near..get over it!!.. all this weather change is due to the polar shifting...its already happening and its been all doesnt happen in one day! ohh and just for more insight on some weather stuff... look up HAARP... pretty people can actually manipulate weather..just a thought.... thanks!

    January 12, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bangladeshi

      Christina, please go tell it to people of Bangladesh and alike whose lands are close to sea level and how they're suffering in recent years. More and more land is going under water each year.

      January 12, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • andrewc23

      Let's say for a minute that your opinion is right? Should that mean that we still shouldn't try to reduce our carbon emissions since we know for a fact that it has a negative effect on the climate among other things (health, environment, etc)?

      January 12, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Serge

      About Bangladesh: the Indian "continent" is really sinking under Asia, but this is a geological process, weater con not influence it.
      The climate changes are cyclic in some degree. But global cooling (a lot of snow and ice on the planet and "cycling" with ice ages) is rather recent, in some millions or a few tens tens of years

      January 12, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Serge

      I am adding about CO2. It is a gas of life. Life is dying, when its concentration decreases. If it will increase by a factor of few from the present level – this will be good for Earth life (less deserts, more forests and grasses, including rice, wheat and corn)
      This does not mean we should not try to use wisely non-renewable concentrated deposits of carbon and hydrocarbons.

      January 12, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • supa dupa

      the water isnt rising it is going back to where it used to be years and year and years etc ago humans and machine pushed back the water for more land mass but u can only do that for sooo long I agree with CHRISTINA!!! sorry to say BANGLADESHI but the water WAS there first!

      January 14, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
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