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Posted at 9:34 AM ET, 12/19/2009

Smithsonian closes all museums

By Robert Pierre

Due to the heavy snow, all Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo will be closed to the public on Saturday, Dec. 19 and Sunday, Dec. 20.

By Robert Pierre  | December 19, 2009; 9:34 AM ET
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National Geographic Museum and the Terra Cotta Warriors exhibit is closed today as well.

Posted by: steezer | December 19, 2009 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Where's your Global Warming now, Mr. Gore?


Posted by: MikeLicht | December 19, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

@MikeLicht, perhaps you don't know the science behind how warmer water temperatures cause heavier snowfalls?

The reason is that more moisture evaporates from the warmer water in the south. Which means there's more moisture in the air that collides with colder air as a storm moves north. More moisture in the air means more snow falls. A similar phenomenon (more moisture evaporates from liquid water than from ice) is what's been causing increased "lake effect" snowfalls in places like Buffalo, NY.

Posted by: greggwiggins | December 19, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

MikeLicht, you should educate yourself on signs of global warming, which most certainly doesn't translate into "everyplace will get gradually warmer."

A lot of scientists prefer the term "global weirding" instead, as global warming actually means shifting weather patterns, melting ice caps, certain species extinction, etc.

Hope that helps, but it is also not to suggest that any one particular storm can be used to prove or disprove global warming.

Posted by: sarahabc | December 19, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse

sarahabc & greggwiggins:

Before replying to a comment with a link, click on the link first.

Posted by: MikeLicht | December 19, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

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