• Rich Barlow

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    Rich Barlow

    Rich Barlow is a senior writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. Perhaps the only native of Trenton, N.J., who will volunteer his birthplace without police interrogation, he graduated from Dartmouth College, spent 20 years as a small-town newspaper reporter, and is a former Boston Globe religion columnist, book reviewer, and occasional op-ed contributor. Profile

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There are 2 comments on What’s Up with All This Snow?

  1. Key thoughts not addressed:
    1. A series of singular events, indeed the very graph that he uses, can point to distinct climate patterns. They are singular weather events if one chooses to see them that way.
    2. There is no mention of the increased water temperatures in the Atlantic prior to such storms…a known “fuel” for intensity and higher precipitation.
    3. The analysis is divorced from record-breaking weather events in other parts of the Nation/world…
    such as simultaneous extensive droughts in parts of western N. Am and summer like temperatures in central regions of the Untied States…such geo-sector isolating may not be so helpful to giving the fuller picture that climate change analysis needs.
    4. The analysis is also divorced from other observed patterns (not singular events) such as higher tides and increased coastal erosion and flooding.

  2. The quote: “a lack of significant relationship between winter precipitation over the northeastern United States and large-scale modes of climate variability.” was taken a bit out of context, don’t you think? The issue is that we don’t understand the variability in winter weather yet. That doesn’t mean that there isn’t a connection to larger scale climate change. It means climatologists are struggling to make any sense out of the patterns of variability, as I read that paper.

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