(LiveScience) Spring has gotten off to a colder- and snowier-than-average start in parts of the United States, particularly in the eastern Rockies and Upper Midwest.
Duluth, Minn., for example, has seen 51 inches (130 centimeters) of snow this April. That’s not only the most snow the town has seen in any April — breaking the old mark of 31.6 inches (80 cm) — but the most snow the town has received in any month, ever, according to government records. As of Monday (April 22), a total of 995 snowfall records have also been broken so far this month, according to AccuWeather. Over the same time period last year, 195 snowfall records had been broken.
More than 91 percent of the upper Midwest also has snow on the ground as of today (April 24), meteorologist Jason Samenow wrote at the Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang blog. “Snow cover in the previous 10 years on this date hasn’t even come close to reaching this extent (ranging from 19 percent to much lower),” he wrote.
So why has spring failed to take hold? Blame the jet stream.
Marica McCauley: “What people are not talking about is how the Gulf Stream conveyor has stopped due to the Deep Water Horizon accident. The gulf loop conveyor moved warm water into the Atlantic, and why the UK usually has mild weather. It is also why Texas experienced the worst drought it has seen in years. The hot air is trapped over the Gulf of Mexico because the cool water from the Atlantic which usually mixes with the warm water of the Gulf via the Gulf Stream, has stopped. No warm water exchange for the UK, so it is extremely cold there, and no cool water for the Gulf, so we get drought. There is one scientist that predicted this after the accident. Thermal images in this video. The Gulf conveyor redistributed the warm and cold water which mediated the weather. The Corexit and sludge that sunk in the Gulf has stopped it. More of the same to come, only colder. Maybe a mini-ice-age.”