1) Warm temperatures melt polar ice 2) Meltwater increases ocean volume** 3) More ocean water absorbs more solar heat 4) More solar heat absorption=lower atmospheric temperatures 5) Lower atmospheric temperatures equal colder, longer winters. **Meltwater could also disrupt warm Gulf Stream currents that flow from South America to Scandinavia. If that happens, Europeans and folks on the east coast of the U.S. will need to dress very, very warm. I keep hearing people ask, "Where's the global warming?" The answer, obviously, is, "All around you."