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Record-breaking snowfall may increase with climate change

Snow-covered hoodoos at Cedar Breaks National Monument in Utah. Photo by Rhett A. Butler (May 2008)

Record-breaking snow across the US and climate change
Over the past few weeks the United States has been pounded by a number of big snow storms. A week ago Washington DC received 18 inches of snow, setting a number of records. Over Christmas, the middle of the country, from Texas to Minnesota was also hit by record amounts of snow. While snow fall over the East Coast and middle of the country in the United States in December is hardly unusual, a number of record amounts of precipitation may point to a larger shift in the climate. Scientists say that higher temperatures causes more water evaporation, which increases the chances of heavy precipitation events, such as floods and snowstorms. Text by Jeremy Hance

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