What is causing the extreme cold and snow in Texas?

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Ryan Maue
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Feb 19

White House Says Severe Winter Storm Freezing Texas Likely Due to Climate Change 'The White House said on Thursday a severe winter storm engulfing Texas and nearby states was the type of extreme weather event that climate change is triggering,'

White House Says Severe Winter Storm Likely Due to Climate Change
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Long thread, including a link to a paper challenging the theory that as the Arctic warms rather more quickly than the rest of the globe the Jet Stream becomes more disorganised. I still think that theory has merit—the Jet Streams ARE disorganised

A couple years ago a part of the Jet Stream blew along the Mediterranean West to East and put moisture in the air above the Arabian Peninsula and that, coupled with the first–ever storm starting in the West Arabian Gulf saw snow fall over the Arabian Peninsula.

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Ryan Maue
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Feb 19

"The extreme weather events that we're experiencing this week ... do yet again demonstrate to us that climate change is real and it's happening now, and we're not adequately prepared for it," she told a White House phone briefing.


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Ryan Maue
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Feb 19

Will climate change make winter storms more likely? A NASA scientist explains. People tend to say climate change causes more extreme weather. "They do say that but it’s not correct."

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Will climate change make winter storms more likely?
Gavin Schmidt, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, is the...
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Ryan Maue
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Feb 19

"A hurricane is also an extreme event. A hail storm is an extreme event. It doesn’t make any sense to say that all extremes are going to change because of global warming or they’re all going to go in one direction. You have to look at the extremes themselves."


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Ryan Maue
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Feb 19

"There isn’t a prediction that Houston is going to see more of these in the future. But you’ve seen these before, you’re seeing this one, so it makes sense that you should be more resilient. How do you make systems resilient to not just climate change, but climate itself?"


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"Part of what you’re feeling as a weather extreme that’s turned into a disaster. That turning into a disaster thing is not the fault of the weather it’s the fault of the system that has been put under pressure by the weather."

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HBS Guy

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Texas is not on the national grid so power could not be sent from other states. Its grid etc are not hardened to put up with cold, windmills without deicing etc.
 

pinkeye

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Must be awful ... no heat, no light and freezing temps... major infrastructure damage... to powerlines eg. Eek

Hard to put ourselves in their shoes... but gawd what I CAN imagine .... ? is bad, but not as bad as the reality, I am sure of that.
 

DonDeeHippy

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Just out of interest i looked up Latitude to compare to Australia, Texas is 26-36N which is the equivalent of Brisbane to Canberra, man imagine just about all of NSW's frozen....
 
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