'The detection of trends in winter storms has not been achieved. It also means that the IPCC has not attributed any trends to human influences.'
'There was no trend 1948 to 1997, or a slightly downward trend. This is interesting because over the latter half of that period one analysis (Willett et al. 2010) found an increase in the water content of the lower atmosphere. So those who argue for a simple relationship between increasing water content and storm strength, the data do not support such a claim over this multi-decadal period.'
Meteorologist R. Ryan Maue is quick to point out that just the opposite is likely the result—that the elevated sea surface temperatures actually act to make such storms tamer. Maue goes on to add that it is “easy to make case that global warming weakened this blizzard significantly due to warmer [sea surface temperatures].”
NYE: 'I just want to introduce the idea that this storm is connected to climate change. I want to introduce that idea. I know there will be certain viewers who will become unglued, they’re throwing things at their television set and so on...The strong winds that we had in southern California, the very strong winds that will be associated with this storm in the next couple of days, these could be connected to climate change’
Climate Depot Responds: 'Blizzard blamed on global warming?! Is there any weather event that is inconsistent with global warming? — This is now akin to the predictions of Nostradamus or the Mayan calendar. There is no way anyone can falsify the global warming theory now because any weather event that happens proves’ their case.'
'Incorrect temperatures were used in snowpack and ecology research' - 'Observations of sharply rising high-elevation temperatures in the western U.S. were caused by faulty equipment, not climate change, new research suggests.'
'Correcting for flawed temperature sensors, which overstated temperatures by as much as 2 degrees Celsius, new research published January 13 in Geophysical Research Letters reduces this decadal increase to roughly 0.106 degrees.'