From WattsUpWithThat (via Pierre Gosselin and Marc Morano):
Increased evaporation combined with more heat loss in the Arctic due to a record low amount of Arctic sea ice is the likely cause.
The likely cause of this: This graph is made and updated by the Rutgers University Global Snow Lab. They also have maps showing the Northern Hemisphere December and daily (in this case January 5th 2013) departure from normal:
Three of the five highest positive anomalies for December have all occurred in the last four years. It does indeed make sense that all of that open water in the Arctic Ocean has something to do with it. If that keeps up for a couple of more years, we could start calling it climate change, right? Not in a couple of decades, but now, as we speak.
It's exhilarating to see fake skeptics acknowledge this so casually. Just recently, the only fake skeptic scientist with any credentials they could find for the first Climate Dialogue on Arctic sea ice, Dr. Judith Curry, even acknowledged that at least 50% of the disappearance of Arctic sea ice was due to human activity.
And so you could even plausibly posit that all the deaths and damage due to the recent extreme cold in Russia and China are partially caused by AGW. I'm not saying it is definitely so, but it isn't that far-fetched either. And it's most probably not the last we've seen of it. If September sea ice cover stays at the level of the last 5-6 years or even diminishes further, we could be seeing more snowfall anomalies during winter. In other words, more deaths and damage.
Fake skeptics implicitly (are starting to) agree with this, but still they'll do anything to keep their coveted laissez- faire business-as-usual scenario going for as long as possible. Never mind the deaths and damage along the way, these sacrifices are needed for tomorrow's heaven.
I don't know, but it reminds me of war propaganda in the vein of 'Die, young man, for the future of your country'. Too bad they're not so honest as to say it outright.
I'd have more respect for them.
At the end of the post the WUWT science team even announces:
While we surely don’t have a new annual snow record yet, the winter is not yet over and it remains a possibility. We’ll revisit this come spring.
If they do, they will probably do it in March, because March still looks like it can pass and won't have their readers start scratching their heads:As opposed to the months that follow (click for a larger version):
A short, but powerful analysis of the spring and summer snow cover decline was made back in August in this guest blog by Al Rodger: The untold drama of Northern snow cover.
Such large and consistent negative anomalies (on a downward trend) during spring and summer also very likely have consequences for atmospheric patterns, potentially causing an increase in blocking highs.
Dr. Jennifer Francis explains in this excellent Yale Environment 360 piece, Linking Weird Weather to Rapid Warming of the Arctic:
Increased waviness seems to be occurring during summer, as well; but instead of sea ice loss, the culprit appears to be the progressively earlier melt of snow on Arctic and sub-Arctic land in the spring. As snow disappears, bare soil is exposed to the strong spring sunshine earlier, which allows it to dry and warm sooner. This effect is at least partly responsible for the approximately 2 degrees C of warming over high-latitude land areas since the mid-1980s. This heat contributes to Arctic amplification during summer, which is expected once again to stretch ridges northward, increase waviness, and promote sluggish weather.
All of this could be influencing droughts and wildfires on the one hand, and floodings on the other. In other words: deaths and damage.
Here's to hoping that Anthony Watts, Pierre Gosselin and Marc Morano will report on Northern Hemisphere snow cover in spring and summer, regardless of the direction and size of the anomaly.