“We’ve been in a pattern now where five weeks in a row, there’s been a storm that comes up and re-forms off the Mid-Atlantic/New England coast and dumps a ton of snow,” said Roker. “Boston as of this point is number two snowiest winter.”
“Is this all part of climate change?” asked King.
“I think it is,” Roker replied.
“You can’t point to any one event and say this is climate change,” Roker continued. “But what climate change opens the door for and allows for are more extreme swings of weather. So while you’ve got this ongoing drought out in California, there’s been almost no snowpack, no snowfall in the Sierras, it barely has rained, yet you’ve got monumental forest fires. Here in the East you’ve got brutal cold. Yet globally January was the warmest month on record. So there’s all these swings that are happening. Climate change makes that more possible.”
What’s behind it, King asked.
“You’ve got greenhouse gases building up, you’ve got melt at the polar ice cap,” said Roker. “Everything’s connected. And when you start changing that balance, nature doesn’t like an imbalance.”