winter weather Archives - State of the Planet

Cyclic variations in the energy emitted by the sun have been thought to affect weather patterns in the North Atlantic and the likelihood of storms and floods over Europe. These influences by the sun are insignificant, and could have been due to chance, suggests a new study of the instrumental record and new chemistry-climate model simulations led by Columbia/LDEO scientists. Credit: Shutterstock and NASA’s Earth Observatory.

Debunking the Solar-Cycle/North Atlantic Winter Weather Connection

The North Atlantic Oscillation is a key driver of winter weather patterns over the northern hemisphere. In recent years, research has claimed a correlation between the NAO and the 11-year solar cycle. A new paper debunks that claim.

by |January 22, 2019
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How Will La Niña Affect Winter in the U.S.?

This phenomenon can cause major changes in climate patterns. See what’s in store for your region.

by |November 15, 2017

Analyzing Winter Storm Risk and Resilience in a Changing Climate

A new study analyzing storm intensity and impacts in the New York metro area aims to inform how communities can better prepare for winter storms and enhance resiliency as the effects of climate change exacerbate hazards.

by |August 8, 2017

Global weirding?

Mountains of snow line the street,
And some days I envy a beard.
Ask any shoveler you meet –
The weather this winter is weird!

by |February 14, 2014