Extreme precipitation during winter in the Northeast is not on the rise
In the aftermath of New York City's snowpocalypse dud, the climate alarmism continues unabated.
Over at Vice.com, Matt Smith has an article titled "Climate Change Is Bringing More Extreme Precipitation Events to the Northeast," which furthers onward into warmism's den of disasters:
Scientists hesitate to blame any particular storm on climate change. But they've long said that while a warmer future is likely to mean less snowfall overall, the blizzards will be bigger when they come. That's because the warmer average temperatures allow the air to hold more moisture -- so when a cold snap does hit, the odds of a major snowstorm go up.
New York governor Andrew Cuomo is also quoted in the piece expounding on the fundamental climate science:
'You're getting a repeat pattern of these extreme weather situations, whether it's Hurricane Sandy or seven feet of snow,' said Cuomo.'That's part of this changing climate, I believe, that has brought this new extreme weather pattern. And it's something we have to adjust to. It's something that is very costly. It's also something that is very dangerous.'
Of course it is. So dangerous, in fact, that the "changing climate" that "brought this new extreme weather pattern" to the Northeast is part of an entirely nonexistent trend in extreme precipitation events during the winter months for this region of the United States over the last century.
That is correct: there is effectively a perfect non-correlation (non-parametric p-value = 0.93) for NOAA's Northeast extremes in 1-day precipitation index during winter since records began in 1911.
Odds of the failed Big Apple snowpocalypse being due to anthropogenic climate change? Essentially zero.