22nd January - Today's News: Snowstorm Hits US East Coast Again

US east coast hit with heavy snow and bitter cold with more pictures in the Mail as winter storm Janus dumps a foot of snow on the Northeast, breaking snowfall records in New York

Here in Britain there are continuing signs that the weather will turn gradually colder with an increasing risk of snow over high ground over the next week, though nothing especially cold or snowy on the horizon as yet.

And yes, 'we can have snow even in a globally warmed world,' Nasa boss warns as it is revealed 2013 was the fourth hottest year since records began.   So what happened to the 'pause' aka new ice age then?

Additionally, the NOAA state of the climate report for December reveals it to have been the 3rd warmest on record - despite snow in the US

Scotland had a glacier up to 1700s say scientists - well, not quite.  They say that one existed in the Cairngorms within the last 2,800 years, and suggests it could be a recent as the 17th or 18th century.   The BBC also confuse the Little Ice Age (1350-1850) with the Maunder Minimum (1645-1715).   So not very good reporting there.   The full paper is, of course, behind a paywall, but the abstract can be read here.   The interesting questions are whether this was a survivor from the ice age, or, more likely, whether it only formed during the LIA.  And also, when did it finally disappear.  Assuming, of course, it did in fact exist ..... not everyone agrees as glacier claim challenged by Cairngorm expert Adam Watson.

And a new study suggests changing landscapes not global warming to blame for increased flood risk - which again is, er, no surprise ....


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