Meteorologist: 'We've Forgotten How to Be Cold'

By Melanie Arter | February 17, 2014 | 5:40pm EST

J. Marshall Shepherd, former head of the American Meteorological Society

( - J. Marshall Shepherd, former head of the American Meteorological Society, told CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday that people have "forgotten how to be cold or deal with snowstorms," because there are so few big storms "and that is because of climate warming."

"I'm not quite ready to say that this snowstorm we saw this week or last week is caused by global warming or climate change, but one thing I will emphasize, I think we're forgotten how to be cold or deal with snowstorms, because we're seeing so few of these big storms like we've seen, and that probably is because of climate warming," said Shepherd.

Host Bob Schieffer asked Shepherd whether the recent spate of storms that have hit the East Coast was the result of "things that are happening here on earth."

"Yeah, yeah, a couple of things, let me say about that. When we get winter weather, cold conditions, you know, you've got some that will say, 'Well, what are you guys worried about climate change or global warming? I mean, it's -- it's cold and snowing.' And I'll say, 'You know, it's winter. It's January or February. We get snowstorms.' That's important.That's like saying, because it's night time, the sun doesn't exist anymore," Shepherd said.

"On the other hand, though, there is evidence -- there's some scientific literature that suggests that jet stream patterns can be affected by the amplified warming that we're seeing up in the Arctic because of climate change or global warming," he said.

"Now, that's real. We know that climate change is happening and humans are contributing," Shepherd added.

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