Snow storm Stella is connected to climate change. Despite signs that Spring has come early this year, extreme winter weather has returned in the form of snowstorm Stella, writes Eric Holthaus in Grist. Studies show that basic weather patterns, especially over the East Coast, are getting more extreme, as the Arctic sea ice continues to melt, which modifies the behavior of the jet streams, providing extra cold air and moisture from the ocean, which results in extreme weather conditions, says Holthaus.
It's hard to decipher whether climate change is responsible for extreme weather events like snowstorm Stella. While it's possible that climate change influenced the blizzard by modifying the jet streams that direct the storm's path, it's also possible that certain weather situations, like a snowstorm, would happen anyway, writes Molly Olmstead in Slate. Climate change is real and does affect weather, but it's hard to say if specific weather events are a definite and direct result of climate change, Olmstead concludes.