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Winter snow cover must be weighed against springtime lack, scientists say
Winter snow cover must be weighed against springtime lack, scientists say

News outlets pegged it as the "historic" blizzard of 2015. Snow was supposed to reach unprecedented levels. Flights were canceled, driving bans enforced. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio warned his city to "prepare for the worst." For New York and New Jersey, Tuesday's storm fizzled. But one tantalizing piece of news emerged: A flood of charts and headlines purporting to show that the past decade of winters in the Northern Hemisphere, from 2000 to 2010, was the snowiest since the 1960s. Was it? As it turns out, it depends on how you look at it. In this case, tallying snow cover only during the winter months can skew the picture, some climate scientists note....

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