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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that has rooted out the good in global warming.We need only to look at the current wet, cool summer as evidence that global warming can be a good thing. OK, here’s how it works: As the atmosphere gets warmer, the air can hold more moisture. Warmer air is wetter air. “That’s why you get torrential rains in the tropics,” said Klaus Wolter, a research meteorologist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder.

So around here, the theory goes, as temperatures rise, more thunderstorms and rains will be created. And we get a summer like this one – which is good.The global warming alarmists have focused on the melting polar ice caps, drought and wildfire, which are all concerns. But in doing so, they continue to overlook this research, which was conducted at NCAR, right here in Colorado.So what do wetter, warmer conditions mean?

Well, there is certainly potential for shorter ski seasons. Warmer autumns and springs mean later openings and earlier closings. But the seasons themselves may be snowier. Remember, warmer air is wetter air. For some places in lower elevations than Summit Up Land, global warming may mean a mid-February rain. But rain is unlikely in the throes of winter at 10,000 feet.”You’re up higher so you’ll continue to get snow and some of those events could be doozies because the atmosphere is holding more moisture,” said Kevin Trenberth, a climate analyst at NCAR.

So, bottom line 40 years from now: Winters will be shorter but more vigorous. Fewer days but more powder. That’s our prediction anyway, and you know what? We’ll take it.***Just a heads up: August is right around the corner. Didn’t want it to blindside you. But for now, folks, it’s simply Thursday. What’s up? Let us know at summitup@summitdaily.com.


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