Pass the Green New Deal or Snow won’t smell the same?!
“Snow has a scent, and researchers say that scent depends on what’s in the ground and the air. And as both the atmosphere and the land are getting warmer, the scent of snow is getting stronger.” …
“Climate change is affecting the way snow smells, said Parisa A. Ariya, a chemist and chair of the Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Department at McGill University. As the ground and air get warmer, that encourages the circulation — and intensity — of the odor molecules.” …
“The increases in temperature have been suggested to increase the toxicity of certain contaminants and enhance the chemical reaction rates and degradation processes,” Ariya said. “Snow has a scent, and researchers say that scent depends on what’s in the ground and the air. And as both the atmosphere and the land are getting warmer, the scent of snow is getting stronger.”
By: Marc Morano – Climate Depot
February 7, 2022 6:21 PM
Climate change is altering the smell of snow https://t.co/C86gt6JCxM
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) February 5, 2022
Climate change is altering the smell of snow
Its scent is getting stronger as both the atmosphere and the land get warmer, researchers say
By Dawn Fallik February 5, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. EST
How would you describe the scent of winter? Unlike spring, summer and fall, which have strongly defined aromas (flowers in bloom, beaches, decaying leaves), the current season is marked by the scent of nothing. Nothing’s growing. Nothing’s dying. It’s a kind of olfactory pause.But snow has a scent, and researchers say that scent depends on what’s in the ground and the air. And as both the atmosphere and the land are getting warmer, the scent of snow is getting stronger.
Johan Lundstrom, a professor of clinical neuroscience who describes himself as a “smell researcher” at Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia, said because snow’s smell reflects the impurities in the air, the flakes in Wisconsin smell different from snow in Sweden, and from snow in a city. Lundstrom said that people notice smells more in the summer because the humid and warmer air intensifies odor molecules, in the same way perfume smells more intense and different on the skin than when it is sprayed in the air. But the cold and dry air of winter makes for a “poor odor environment.”
…Climate change is affecting the way snow smells, said Parisa A. Ariya, a chemist and chair of the Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Department at McGill University. As the ground and air get warmer, that encourages the circulation — and intensity — of the odor molecules.
“The increases in temperature have been suggested to increase the toxicity of certain contaminants and enhance the chemical reaction rates and degradation processes,” Ariya said.
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I’m 61 and to this day have yet to smell snow. More gobbydegook from these clowns.
My 65, I agree, and I nominate this as the dumbest climate change claim ever.
Can’t speak for Snow, never noticed an odor before. But I have noticed that increasing CO2 is definitely making Climate Sciences/Scientists and media reports far more odiferous and odious
And they also increase the putrid stench of papers like the WaPo.
Sometimes their articles are OK and sometimes they are WaPoo
Yeah, it is hard to take a scientist seriously when they do not know the difference between “smell” and “scent”.
“My 65, I agree, and I nominate this as the dumbest climate change claim ever.”
I also agree, for now, that is, there are many more in the pipeline to come!!! 😉
Sometimes it is good to have claims like that: they help to reset the zero of the classification metrics.
On the other hand, when it gets to -20F, I can taste the air, or something like that. There’s the regular sensation you get when you put something cold in your mouth and this is different.
Cold temperatures typically hide odors. Maybe it is the slower moving molecules. But that is why the cheaper beers are always served ice-cold. To hide how bad it would taste at closer to room temperature.
Hey! I Love great beers and have had many different ones in Europe and some here in the states. But I also enjoy an ice cold mass produced American swill on a hot day mowing or working outside.
If I am outside the night before a snowstorm is coming through I can smell it. There is definitely a difference between that and other nights. When it actually does snow? Not as much. I am sure it has nothing to do with a 1C change in average temperature. If it is going to snow, then it will lower than 0C every time.
I’m sure everyone here with a functioning olfactory nerve has smelled rain even before it arrives? Why would snow be different other than being less pronounced due to the cold?
Well, I have frequently noticed the sharp scent of both rain and snow when a storm of any size is approaching my AO and take that scent as a warning to check the bird feeding stations as well as having my scoop shovel handy for the scoop-and-toss game that is about to start.
So it isn’t gobbledygook at all, but a warning to be prepared to shovel that stuff all night, or wait for my neighbor to dig me out later.
Don’t eat (or smell) yellow snow.
I don’t think that it is the snow; that is the smell of crap journalism: decomposition of muckrakers into plain muck.
This story smells worse than last weeks diaper.
The “smell of snow”… can you believe somebody thought of that?
Climatologists. They think of everything.
They should try to snort sawdust instead.
But, don’t think it through.
Sorry to be pedantic, but I’m a stickler for spelling, the word is “Climastrologists”, “Climatologists” could be mistaken for a real legitimate word!!! ;-))
Please! “Climatologists” are honest scientists. You were most probably referring to the so-called “climate scientists”.
Government OPM allows you a comfortable lifestyle while producing nothing of benefit to the common man. Taxing the poor to give to the upper-middle-class-plus.
For whatever reason I am reminded of Smilla’s Sense of Snow.
I am reminded of “Watch out where the huskies go and don’t you eat that yellow snow.” F. Zappa
Yes! These academics have no idea what that means. If they did they wouldn’t embarrass themselves with this twaddle.
Oh, come on!!! I’ve known all this since junior high school !
It always meant a bad Moon was — er, bad winter storm was on its way.
You guys missed out on a lot of stuff…. poor things. 🙂
Oh sweet Jeezuz!
How much crap can you put into a sentence?
So much that it feels Flush
It’s happening everywhere twice as fast as everywhere else!
If temps get warmer snow is melting, can’t smell anymore.
There’s a climate scientist somewhere who has just taken up your challenge.
So firm, so fully packed…
Obviously, the temperature of “the atmosphere and land” is different in different places and at different times when it snows, so it must already be smelling differently anyway . . I guess it’s gonna be different different if climate changes ; )
Are you thinking about “vintage snow smell”? Or “snow smell harvest of 2020”? Or “snow smell enhanced by 3 year storage in plastic containers”? Or “smow smell terroir”?
I’m thinking everything smells like a nail to a “researcher” with a hammer ; )
I’ve used my patented smell-o-meter to verify this and yes it’s totally true…
It’s even worse than we thought!
So this explains why my bird dogs love hunting in the snow. So does this imply that the pheasant mortality rate will increase and likely lead to a horrific die off?
I would think the snow muffling and eliminating old scents on the ground would help dogs scent the pheasants, quail etc. Give the dog a clean canvas to work with so to speak.
That’s a leading question!
More smelly snow everywhere. AGW caused that. Or at minimum, AGW caused more reports about that, lacking data.
Have they considered the possibility that the smelly snow is a natural consequence of more veganism? And, btw, he that smelt the snow, dealt the snow.
Greta can see CO2 plumes – no kidding, she insists!
Cripes – I can hear snow! It must be a COVID thing…
Anyway the tomcat is far to advanced to do the dog on it.
Meanwhile the Eskimo’s have unbounded words for snow :
but no smelly ones.
I’m afraid the article is discriminatory, and should be reported!
Justin Trudeau claims that you can’t believe anything a sheep says, especially that cute little lamb with a pink bow around her neck.
I, too, can hear snow. It goes “Plop!” Oh, wait. That’s not snow. That’s bool sheet!
Too many LSD trips is the most likely cause of snow smelling.
Walking my dog in an Mediterranean arid climate when it’s warm as opposed to when it’s cold, (but not freezing temperature outside since region’s temperatures do not get that low) has less odor to the fresh feces. The dog feces smell more, and for that matter actually immediately stink, when dog evacuates it’s bowels outdoors during cold spells.
It seems logical that the “winter” cold air that is cloud free in my Mediterranean like climate is statistically “drier” than even the warmer “dry” season air. If Original Post premise is snow smells less due to drier freezing winter air then I infer, based on my above discrepancy, the Original Post over-looked a temperature gradient to how odors are propagated.
Are you trying to imply that, as happens with your dog, the sky evacuation of snown changes its odor depending on temperature?
I try to avoid living in places where it snows and, as such, no longer have specific knowledge of when or how it may smell differently.
They are smelling their own BS, and it has become more and more intense with each passing year.
As Erma Bombeck noted – the grass is greener over the septic tank
If it doesn’t smell right — blame the China Flu.
You can’t say that! Its grounds for impeachment.
Or Russian meddling.
Yes, but I do like how they vote with respect to the climate at the United Nations … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8hKJ_MMza8
Totally bogus, grant money persuing, Bravo Sierra.
You know, it’s one of my predictions that eventually they will claim that the climate change is raising the melting point of water. Looks like I’m going to be right again.
Kids just aren’t going to know what snow smells like.
Quote of the day. 🙂
Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities
This went around the world quickly. From WaPo to Seattle Times in one day.
Just a couple of problems.
Snow is water, which has no smell.
So if snow smells, it is from entrained atmospheric ‘pollutants’ like the terpene and isoprene aerosols that create cloud condensation nuclei. Which means more snow, not less snow as global warming used to posit.
Except among all the Eskimo words and derivatives for snow, there are none for smelly snow. And they know snow.
The global warming thing really is falling apart. ‘Children won’t know snow’ but they still do, plus it isn’t warming, so morph alarm to climate change. But that is just a truism rather than an alarm. So now the alarm is ‘Children will know smelly snow’. Yup, good one.
First rule of holes should apply, but not when McGill’s Ariya needs more grant money for her climate change lab. Looked her up.
I think that there is plenty of evidence that animals and insects, maybe even plants, can find water through ‘smell.’ It may be a talent that modern humans have lost.
I suspect they took their samples near a homeless colony.
Are a bunch of scientists held hostage somewhere, making up more and more patently insane (insaner? patentlier?) claims as a cry for help, hoping someone notices?
If the air is getting warmer – how come any snow ever made it down to the ground?
If the ground is getting warmer – why is the even any snow to smell?
Does rain smell?
Its all garbage from a chemistry perspective as well.
Because the ‘odour molecules’ will be and are organic in origin = cyclics, aromatics and lipids
The vast majority won’t be water soluble, otherwise they’d have never made it off the ground or escaped the plants that made them. Hydrogen bonds are quite strong things.
Hence why all ‘Eau de Toilette’ and perfumes come dissolved in alcohol. Not water.
How come these people don’t know this sort of really basic stuff
But you can smell heavy rain. I posit that this is due to lightning in the upper atmosphere creating various things like Nitrogen Oxides and Ozone, and the rain is bring the contaminated air down to ground level.
Don’t see how that would work for snow, however.
Once more, for the children:
Drugs Are Bad, OK????
The smell of pseudoscience lingers.
I am 62 never smelled snow that had an odor neither has my daughter.
Is your daughter odorless ?
oh man, did he ever set himself up for that one…LMAO
They should get Brandon to do a blind smell test.
Seriously, I don’t know how a satire website like Babylon Bee or The Onion can stay in business these days. There’s nothing you can make up that these loons don’t actually say.
What a stinky load of crap.
They need to stop sniffing the yellow snow.
Is he just smelling the wonderful scents of Philly? Now that the planet is getting colder, is it just getting worse? Just a few questions today.
Imagine being so OBSESSED with CC that you imagine all these dreaded things, like monsters under the bed. Pitiful alarmists.
Watch out where those huskies go, and don’t you smell that yellow snow!
Sorry John, I posted up above before I saw your same quote.
All I smell is fishy “journalism”.
Lunk-heads at the Washpo. Inside the beltway there probably IS a difference in the way ‘snow smells’, and its because of a psychosomatic-based illness, as in, “its all in their heads”.
My thought is that the smell of The Washing Post is getting much stronger
As the old joke goes, “Careful not step on wapoo!”
Once you use it to line the cat box.
The only thing one has to keep in mind is not to eat snow if it is any color but white — “white as the driven snow!’
Is there nothing they won’t stoop to?
Sorry guys, but I think this might be my fault. A few months ago, I made a comment that before long, parfumiers would be claiming that CO2 would make their scents smell sour. I meant it as a joke, but it looks like the concept fired a moron’s synapse. Please accept my sincere apologies.
Just when you actually believe we’ve hit peak stupidity…
I already knew not to eat the yellow snow.
Now I know not to smell the yellow snow.
PS Wapo, please stop putting out brown snowjobs.
These American media oligarchs are worse than the Russian version.
As I recall, snow is made of water, defined as H2O, which is odorless and colorless.
So it must be the “odor molecules”, whatever those are, that are doing the changing due to human caused global warming.
Of course, one would also suspect that non human caused global warming would change those “odor molecules” as well.
But then, that would require knowing the exact amount of warming humans are contributing in order to tell the difference and as I recall, that has never been quantified. So I think the conclusions of Parisa A. Ariya, chemist and chair of the Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Department at McGill University are premature.
Smell is one of those things that is strongly remembered in the brain. And 50 years of smelling snow, I have smelt no change what-so-ever…
If we don’t have any more snow, we won’t have the problem.
Where I live it snows when we have an upslope. That means the wind is coming from the east and brings the wonderful aroma of the feed lots out there. So, when it smells like snow, well it smells like BS!!!
I certainly hope this research was funded with taxpayer money.
Thinking we were promised total lack of snow by this time. Not a flake.
Yes, something smells, more likely something rotten in the state(ments) of Gore et Al.
Am I wrong to assume we paid for this crap?
Let me ask then. They are saying that the snow that falls on the peak of Mt. Everest is less odiferous than the snow that falls on lower mountain peaks where the temp runs 1 or 2 deg. C higher?
Something sure smells bad, but it’s not snow.
So, we’re back to climate change = global warming again.
Nice, since the warming trend is unchanged since the Little Ice Age.
Can we stop the f###ing up of the world’s economy in the name of global warming now?
Sounds like some people have been sniffing the other white powder.
Oh. My. God. Just when you think they can’t possibly get any dumber, they do.
Sounds like one of Greta’s extra-sensorial capabilities…
The snow-tasters who wrote this article to WaPo probably had masterclasses with her.
Per the immortal Lynyrd Skynyrd:
“Ooh-ooh that smell
Can’t ya smell that smell
Ooh-ooh that smell
The smell of death’s around you”
New international anthem for the Warmunist Movement, apparently.
Snow is frozen water.
Water: A clear, colorless, odorless, and tasteless liquid,
Obviously liquid water can have smells, depending upon what is dissolved or suspended in it (see wine, beer, pee, cleaning fluids, etc. etc.). Presumably snow can too, at least from suspended solids (there should be little to no dissolved solute in snow that can be detected, since snow is vaporized liquid water that has condensed and frozen). But because snow is cold, the suspended volatiles that may be in it, and that make up what our olfactory senses can detect, are are going to be relatively immobile and have low vapor pressure, so there is very little smell in snow.
if it’s 20F or 30F the snow may smell different. But 20F now and 20F in 1950 would smell the same. This idiot talks as though there is a background temperature that is rising so 20F now is not the same as 20F in 1950.
So basically the scientists have a shiny new instrument capable of detecting odors that even dogs can’t detect
And we’re supposed to take the scientists seriously
Volatile chemical compounds evaporate more easily at higher temperatures, who knew? Well other than every high school chemistry student.
“April fools day” came early this year.
More alarmist claims without evidence
Who actually doles out money to study this!
Don’t eat the yellow snow
Since having original COVID early 2020 and a very mild Omircon this past Christmas….. snow just smells fishy because of climate change.
If they’re smelling their snow, they’re doing something wrong.
At this point, what difference does it make? Snow will be a thing of the past in ____ (fill in the blank) years, right?
‘Self-anointed’ Main Stream Media — Bah Humbug…..
The first flush of rain on a hot summer’s day is due to the first raindrops turning to steam and lifting some of the street surface pollutants up into the air.
If snow has a smell at all, (and I certainly haven’t smelled it) it probably has something to do with pollen or soot.
Well, as long as it doesn’t smell like Gwyneth Paltrow’s … er… candles, I’d say all is well.
Snow is as odourless as anything can be. Fresh snow hides the smells of the forests. Skiing in the forest after a snowfall has given me a glimpse of how a dog can experience the world. Suddenly I pick up the smell of cloth. Nobody is here, but I sense a trail of scent. Somebody was here a few minutes ago. And sure enough, soon I overtake the fellow skier. The human nose can surely pick up the slightest smell, but unlike that of a dog it’s very bad at distinguishing them. Only the odourless snow makes it easy.
This is just flat hysterical. So, how can this even happen? I mean, if it’s getting “warmer,” how come there’s even snow around to smell. LOLOLOLOLOL!!!!