Near record snowfall hit Washington DC and elsewhere on the East Coast. The January 22-23 Snowzilla storm dropped one to two feet of snow on the capital city, paralyzing all three branched of government. While streets around the Capitol Building are known to be relatively clear, sidewalks remain uncleared and public transportation is spotty. Federal bureaucrats and others may have another snow day on January 25.  It was a storm that will certainly go on the record books.
 
Tian Tian, the giant panda that lives at Washington's National Zoo, appeared delighted with the snow as it frolicked in the drifts around in the drifts. A video at the Facebook page for the zoo shows the playful panda enjoying the cold temperature and snow. 
 
As the flurries fell, federal government websites warned simultaneously about the blizzard blanketing the District of Columbia, while also warning against global warming for the second time in two years. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and other federal government agency websites heralded both “record-shattering” temperatures and “blizzard bearing down” warnings. NOAA declared that 2015 had record sustained warm temperatures during the autumn 2015, for instance.
 
Local and national news reports were replete with reports about stranded motorists, cancelled flights, abandoned vehicles, and grocery stores stripped of food and beer. But there was little evidence of global warming during the winter blast, which included snow, high winds and freezing temperatures. Nearly twelve months ago, NOAA declared that the world is edging toward so-called “tipping points” in global warming that will allegedly cause significant flooding in regions throughout the world.
 
 
 
 
While record amounts of snow fell on the East Coast in January 2015, the website stated:
 
"Global warming-caused flooding “tipping points” are approaching in the U.S., a NOAA study warned as record snowfall descends on states from New York on to the northeast.
 
“Sunny-day” flooding is a problem warns the study, “From the extreme to the mean: Acceleration and tipping points of coastal inundation from sea level rise,” by NOAA’s William V. Sweet and Joseph Park.
 
“Coastal communities are beginning to experience sunny-day nuisance or urban flooding.” Other key points of the study: "Event rates accelerate as water level distributions exceed elevation thresholds. Tipping points for coastal inundation are surpassed in the coming decades."
 
Blizzard in the moonlight - NASA photo

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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