Scientists Say This Past Winter Could Become Normal For Cape Cod

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photo credit: Dapixara – According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 2014 was the warmest year in history, dating back to 1880. And, with the exception of 1998, the 10 warmest years since weather has been recorded by instruments have happened since 2000.

The authors of a newly published research paper say that cool water anomaly is one sign that the current from the massive oceanic conveyor belt, which redistributes heat from the tropics into northern latitudes, giving us our temperate climate, is slowing down. They claim that between 1975 and 1990, their computer model shows the current slowing by an amount unprecedented in the past 1,000 years. Our past winter, they say, could become the norm.

“Any time you start changing the distribution of heat, you start changing weather patterns,” said Scott Rutherford, associate professor of environmental science and earth systems expert at Roger Williams University in Rhode Island.

“This is the kind of thing we’d expect to see,” Rutherford said of this year’s ferocious winter weather.

Yikes. I have no idea what they are talking about, but if there’s a computer model involved then they aren’t messing around. This leaves me in a dilemma that I’m sure many of you are pondering as well. I love Cape Cod, but part of that love is based on our mild winters. Remember when snow only lasted a day or two on the Cape?

So what are those of us that love Cape Cod but hate inclement weather supposed to do? Remember the guy in Brewster’s Millions that pitched the idea of putting engines on the back of an iceberg and driving it to thirsty people in Africa? How about we turn Cape Cod into Brewster’s Berg #1? Break Cape Cod off right at the Canal, throw a couple of diesels back there and start driving her south.

I hear the Gulf of Mexico is nice, and I’m sure the great people of Alabama would welcome us with open arms and loads of that southern charm they are famous for. Just make sure you don’t get too comfortable and start eyeballing your cousins when we get there OK?

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