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Global Warming Means More Big New York City Snowstorms? Not So Fast!

By Chip Knappenberger -- January 13, 2011

New Yorkers are digging out from another major snowfall. The 10 inches or so they got on Wednesday came less than 3 weeks after some 20 inches fell the day after Christmas.

And, odd as it may seem, some folks are linking big snows and big cold in the Big Apple to anthropogenic global warming.

But, a look back through more than 140 years of weather observations from New York’s Central Park shows little evidence to support such a contention.

On December 25, 2010, as New York City was about to be buried under almost 2 feet of snow, the New York Times ran an op-ed by Judah Cohen, a long-range forecaster for the private forecasting firm Atmospheric and Environmental Research, explaining his ideas on how big snowstorms in the Northeastern U.S.…