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Recent Blockbuster Snow Totals Along East Coast May Be Tied to Climate Change

Above-average sea-surface temperatures off the East Coast are adding more moisture to the atmosphere.

ANDREW FREEDMAN and JASON SAMENOW / WASHINGTON POST – The snowstorm that brought travel to a halt in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast this week may have set a state record for the most snow in a single day in New Jersey, with numerous reports of snow totals between 25 and 35 inches.

Blockbuster winter storms, which unload such prodigious amounts of snow, may be increasing in a warming world. The evidence started accumulating in the 1990s, and observations from snowstorms this winter add new weight to this counterintuitive idea …