Enquirer: Is this winter's heavy snow a product of climate change?

UC biologist Latonya Jackson says expect more volatile weather

The Cincinnati Enquirer talked to University of Cincinnati biologist Latonya Jackson about the record snowfall that fell in February in Cincinnati.

Greater Cincinnati saw nearly 23 inches of snow in February, the third-snowiest month of the past 25 years. But is the extreme weather evidence of climate change?

The likelihood of volatile weather increases as the climate warms, Jackson said.

“Our weather patterns and our precipitation patterns are changing, and they’re going to continue to change at an alarming rate,” Jackson told the Enquirer. “So we won’t be able to predict so easily when these things are happening."

Jackson, who teaches in UC's environmental studies program, told the Enquirer that slowing climate change will take a massive effort, but small changes make a difference.

“We didn’t get here in one day, so reversing the effects – we’re not going to get there in one day,” Jackson said. “But we’ll get there if we just keep steady at it. There’s something that we all can do.”

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Featured image at top: Mick the lion statue is covered in snow on UC's Uptown Campus. Photo/UC Creative + Brand

Latonya Jackson poses in a labcoat.

UC assistant professor Latonya Jackson studies aquatic toxicology, among other topics, in UC's Department of Biological Sciences. Photo/Andrew Higley/UC Creative + Brand