"Snoctober Part Of Terrifying Trend Of Unprecedented Storms In Northeast"
The devastating snowstorm which swept through the Northeast over Halloween weekend is part of a disturbing change in climate. Greenhouse pollution is warming the North Atlantic and the Great Lakes, even as it alters weather patterns from the Arctic as sea ice disappears. The changing jet stream and increased water vapor in the atmosphere are some of the global warming-influenced factors that underlie the northeastern United States’ unprecedented increase in extreme precipitation events in the last 20 years, data from the National Climatic Data Center reveal. The chart below does not include this season’s storms.