Some locations have already received their average snowfall, for the entire season, including Boston, Hartford, New York, and Philadelphia. In fact, New York City’s Central Park is just a few inches off the record 1995-1996 season pace!
And it’s not just the Northeast either.
It’s already a top 5 snowiest January in Kansas City, the snowiest since 1962. Cincinnati has had almost triple their average snowfall-to-date. Spring flood fears are rising in Fargo, N.D. as they’ve picked up over 56″ of snow so far this season, more than double the average-to-date.
Globally, the atmosphere is warmer and can contain more moisture. It has increased 4% since 1970, which has led to an 8% increase in precipitation, which increase is weighted to extreme events. (According to Jeff Masters, quoted in a previous post here: Great floods, simple sources.)
Get used to it. Abnormal is the new normal.