It might seem an odd time to talk about global warming, what with
Central Virginia temperatures in the 20s and 30s last week and a
series of ice storm alarms making everyone jittery.
And the 10 feet of snow recently dumped on communities bordering
Lake Ontario in northern New York? Those people would probably
whack you with a snow shovel if you mentioned global warming.
Nathan Currier just smiles. He likes it when people mention lake-effect
snowstorms, because it means they have walked right into his benign trap.
“Actually,” he said recently, “those snowstorms are really a confirmation
of global warming. The lake used to be frozen at this time of year, which
cut down on the moisture coming off it. Now, you’ve got a lot of moisture
and cooler temperatures, which creates more snow.”