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FL Winter: "Expect the Unexpected" from Global Warming

February 1, 2010

MIAMI - Record-breaking cold and frost in Miami, sinkholes caused by farmers watering crops to protect them from freezing in Central Florida, and extensive flooding near Tallahassee. It's not a Florida winter wonderland, and a new report says it may be nature's wake-up call about the impacts of global warming.

Report author Dr. Amanda Staudt, climate scientist with the National Wildlife Federation, says oddball weather patterns are becoming the norm.

"Even though parts of the southern United States have had pretty cold weather this winter, global warming is still happening. Sometimes it is hard to get beyond your immediate location and see the bigger picture, but in fact NASA just announced that 2009 ties for the hottest winter on record."

Staudt calls the uncontrolled carbon pollution that causes global warming an "unchecked experiment on people and wildlife."

"This more variable winter weather will have all sorts of impacts on our communities, on wildlife and nature, and on various outdoor recreation activities that we enjoy."

Staudt says parts of the Snow Belt will see heavier snowstorms, although Floridians planning ski vacations later this winter may be disappointed. Unseasonably mild conditions could force ski resorts to close sooner, putting a dent in the $66 billion winter sports industry.

The report "Global Warming Bringing More Oddball Winter Weather" is at

Staudt says global warming will also cause flooding in many parts of the nation, and she cautions everyone to "expect the unexpected" in weather patterns.

Gina Presson , Public News Service - FL