The Northeast US has had unrelenting cold weather, snow is not melting. This is how ice ages start. Snow accumulates, does not melt in unusual severe cold, the radiant energy from the sun is reflected back out by then snow pack, the next years continue and we have: an ice age.
Corollary, especially weather in the Northeast US affects the brains in our Congress. In periods of unrelenting cold, the ice age scientists do better getting grant money. In unrelenting Summer heat, the greenhouse guys get the money.
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