When he presents his own opinions about what the paper means, one of its authors says he thinks another Maunder minimum is "very unlikely" which--let me tell you--is good news for all of us. It got freaking cold during the Maunder minimum.
A Dalton minimum will get cold enough, thank you.
"It appears that this month will achieve snow extent among the top two Februaries on record."
Look: Hawaii is the only state in the union without significant snow coverage, and even Hawaii has mountaintop snow.
As for the claims that all this snow is due to global warming?
It doesn’t make a lot of sense that warming temperatures would cause the snow line to move south. Lower latitudes normally receive rain rather than snow, because the air is already too warm for snow. Further warming would be expected to move the snow line north – not south – and that is exactly what the climate models predict. Indeed, Time Magazine claims that this has already happened: “large-scale cold-weather storm systems have gradually tracked to the north in the U.S. over the past 50 years.”Outside of Hollywood disaster flicks, an increase in global temperature is not going to lead to cooling. (The laws of thermodynamics just don't work that way.)
As far as snow depth goes, Washington D.C. recently broke their 1899 snow record of 54.4 inches and now has a new record of 54.9 inches. We are told that the new record is due to “extreme weather” caused by “global warming.” If so, what caused the nearly identical “extreme weather” over a century ago? Alarmists tell us that heavy snow used to be caused by cold, but now is caused by warmth. The 1899 record was set long before the hockey stick brought temperatures to “unprecedented levels.”
Now lets take their poor logic one step further. Ice ages occur when the snow line moves very far south. If “most climate scientists” are claiming that global warming is causing the snow line to move south, then the logical corollary is that ice ages are caused by further warming temperatures. Clearly that is not true.
There are, unfortunately, plenty of people out there who don't understand that warming cannot be proven by cooling, and I'm not talking about the people who are pushing this nonsense. One guy who was briefly in the gaming group in Cedar Rapids moved to Corpus Christi, Texas, because "the snow's going to get worse due to global warming". *sigh*