Early Wintery Weather: Part of Global Warming?

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Parts of the Northeast are drying out after a cold snap that brought rain and snow over the weekend. And the wintery weather isn't just affecting residents in the north.
Unseasonably early snow blanketed parts of North Carolina too as the early winter weather is fueling questions about global warming.

It is less than a month into fall, but in some places across the country winter has already arrived.

Over the weekend, Titans and Patriots football players, as well as their fans, were caught off guard with all of the snow.
But it didn't stop the New England Patriots from shutting out the Tennessee Titans 59 to 0 on the slippery field of Gillette Stadium.
While many Americans are thinking about carving pumpkins, residents of New England have been shoveling snow.

New England got its second taste of wintry weather with the second nor'easter to hit in three days -- catching some by surprise.

"I think this is the earliest i've seen snow in all my years," a Massachusetts resident said laughing.

Another resident predicted an icy season.

"If you listen to the Farmer's Almanac, it's going to be a cold winter," she said. "So this just tells us it's beginning."

Others are taking it in stride.

"I'm from Colorado and we have snow in September," a New England resident said. "This kind of feels like home."

Accuweather warned residents in Philadelphia, Pa. to be prepared for the coldest winter in years with as much as 30 inches of snow.
And the weather headlines don't stop there.

Cold rains have triggered mudslides in California and flooding in Texas, leading some to focus on the weather phenomenon known as El Nino.

"To just dwell on this El Nino is not the way to go here," said meteorologist Joe Bastardi. "You've had a certain situation in the pacific that has been going on. This has been leading to cooling in general across the northern hemisphere and now we are seeing the ingredients there to try and bring the cold up further east this winter."

Talk of the cold has led some to speculate about global warming.
Last week, a BBC News story asked, "What happened to global warming?"  The article pointed out that the warmest year on record was not 2008 or 2007 - rather eleven years ago in 1998.
And the British network also raised questions about whether the the sun or ocean cycles may actually be responsible for global cycles of heating and cooling.  
Those questions may not be answered for some time yet, but for now many Americans have a more immediate concern.

"It never fails," a Massachusetts resident said. "It'll snow early and we'll receive snow in April. I believe it and they say it will be a light winter. I doubt it."

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