This January may have been the snowiest month on record here in New York, but it looks like the winter isn't anywhere near ready to stop vomiting snow all over the country. NASA posted this image of the positively massive storm that's about to hit the Midwest (and then the rest of the country), and it looks like we'll be needing every one of those high-tech snow-removal strategies.
The image, taken by NASA's GOES-13 satellite, shows the low-pressure system hitting the Midwest today, with heavy snow in Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, but also pounding the Big Sky region, from Montana all the way down to Arizona. That's all moving east as well, into the Tennessee valley and soon up the coast to the Northeast. All in all, about a third of the continental U.S. is going to get absolutely pounded, so it's as good a time as any to start investing in snow-pooping robots.
da midwest todya it was reel.
Why can't they invent a satellite that would disperse the snowstorm with some sort of laser ray!!!
and destroy those cyclones as well!
because lasers aren't magical founts of energy. The scale to which you're talking, is like trying to vaporize a house with a laser pointer. Its just not going to do it. The energy/power we could pump out of an orbital satellite is dwarfed to such a magnitude as to be inconsequential.
...now if we were to detonate some nuclear bombs around cloud level...
It doesn't look all that bad to me. Then again the forecast predicts it will miss where I'm at ...
"now if we were to detonate some nuclear bombs around cloud level..." ... emp apocalypse!
The Great White North isn't so white anymore!
We'll have to think of something else to be special, eh!
I'm amazed that there's no mention of global warming in this little blurb. Losing the faith, PopSci?
Stupid snow storm!!
Ruining my 70 degree perfect temps in Arizona!!
It dropped to 64 today HOW DARE you!! muuahahhaaha
The Day After Tomorrow
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Those ignorant of the consequences of 'global warming' must really enjoy showing the public just how stupid they are... they sure do it often enough.
Sphaerus, take a bow!
This is the effect on earth, having too much carbon emission. Which might trigger ice age...
You Global Warming nuts really are just that. Nuts.
Really?! Nut?! Hmm Except that 2005 and 2010 were the warmest years recorded since 1880(start of recording) according to NOAA! Don’t be ignorant of those numbers. Travel to Alaska you can see the warming effects easiest, I spent 5 years there. Warmest 2010, more water in the atmosphere, means more water in the atmosphere, means more snow, when it does fall. This excessive snow storm is a direct effect of 2010 being so warm. Check your charts and numbers.
<p>I don’t deny there are natural warming and cooling cycles that the earth goes through. However we cannot deny the effect we have on the environment, speeding up the process artificially, to the point that nature cant adapt fast enough.
@Batqui: if the earth is warming up so much then PLEASE explain to me why it feels so damn cold(please pardon my french).
Ignorance is often the accusation that "intellectuals" often give to those people they think are beneath them. I don't care about what the NOAA reports say. I trust my senses. I do not trust anything that I cannot find out for myself. Therefore, perhaps you need to get off your ass and go outside and FEEL the temperature and then try to tell me its global warming.
Flows like a poetry: "vomiting snow all over the country" Can't wait to see what other body functions you are going to attribute to weather conditions. How about:
Our Mother planet is in heat
And that's why she is so frigid
Which makes us thoroughly convinced
That global warming's legit
Look! Tunes out, I'm a poet too! Can I start writing articles for PopSci?
GD it, a few cold years does not disprove global warming. Why do you people refuse to look at this on a scale of more than a decade?
@reverslookingglas give me a break, i guess we should just check with you to see what is real and not real, you didn't step on the moon, must not of ever happened, right? i think i will go with every institute of higher learning and every real scientific organization that are actually studying our effects on our only planet and not what you think
Global warming doesn't necessarily make everywhere instantly warmer. It has most effect on the Arctic, but rising sea levels and changes in currents and the atmosphere causes extreme weather around the world and in some parts causes much colder temperatures. The warming effect causes an increased amount of water vapour in the air and in cooler parts of the world, especially in winter, causes more extreme outbursts of snow. People who say global warming doesn't exist because they believe it's getting colder need to read up on it because that's a load of crap. Global warming is a natural process, but this time it's much worse because of the increased amount of people and carbon emissions in comparison to previous times.
If anybody commenting about "global warming" spent the 30 seconds it took them to come up with their moronic comment to actually look up the symptoms of global warming they might realize that "more dramatic and less predictable weather patterns" (including harsher winters, hotter summers, droughts, and floods) were all included in the symptoms.
"Therefore, perhaps you need to get off your ass and go outside and FEEL the temperature and then try to tell me its global warming."
Perhaps you need to get off your ass and go outside at midnight to SEE the phenomenon I have dubbed "global darkening" and then try to tell me there's no such thing when it's PITCH BLACK outside at midnight at the equator.
Oh... also, when it starts to rain, maybe you can scream that it's "global wettening" and when the clouds come out you can say "oh, it's global cloudening!"
Go Google climate change/global warming before posting a comment about how "it's cold outside in the winter--therefore you have to be nuts to believe in global warming!" so you don't make yourself look like a moron.
"if the earth is warming up so much then PLEASE explain to me why it feels so damn cold(please pardon my french)."
Because a single point of measurement in one locale is a poor proxy for trends in global average temperature. Even the whole of the United states is only 2% of the surface area of the planet.
Global warming does not imply a monotonic increase in the average temperature of each location. It implies an increase in the average temperature of the planet, and even that isn't monotonic. The noise comes from such effects as the pacific decadal oscillation(la niña/el niño); in la niña years more heat is sunk into the oceans, in el niño years it goes into heating the atmosphere.
@soylent...state some more facts why don't you, like, the sun will also come up tomorrow...el nino, la nino, ect., have all been taken into account...winter feels cold, really now, breathtaking observation...read up on the subject before making an a## of yourself