Lewis W. Diuguid

Climate change could be responsible for snow in desert

Updated: 2013-08-27T22:29:52Z

By Lewis W. Diuguid

The Kansas City Star

It is hard to dispute climate change when it is snowing in a desert.

That is what happened in Chile’s Atacama Desert, one of the world’s driest areas. The weekend snow was the heaviest in three decades for the city about 750 miles north of the capital of Santiago.

The snow resulted in some mudslides, and heavy machinery had to be brought in to clear some highways. Aljazeera reports that the snow came from a cold weather front from the Antarctic.

It brought heavy rain and snow to a swathe of South America, from Peru in the northwest to Paraguay and Brazil in the southeast.

To reach Lewis W. Diuguid, call 816-234-4723 or send email to ldiuguid@kcstar.com.

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